Letters: Water policy | Medicare model

Letters: Water policy | Medicare model



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Coverage drives state’s
water issues

Re: “Stricter water use restrictions on faucet” (Web page A1, Sept. 1).

There isn’t a scarcity of obtainable water to greater than fulfill all of California’s yearly wants. The issue is regulatory: A big share of California’s out there contemporary water should be allowed to movement into the ocean, unused. This is because of environmental lawsuits.

The opposite significant issue we face is the dearth of enough storage. The voters confirmed their approval for brand new storage in 2014, passing Prop. 1. Sadly, there was no new vital storage venture in about 50 years, throughout which, our inhabitants has doubled. Environmentalists have lengthy fought dams as they “change” the atmosphere.

California isn’t any stranger to drought; it’s a recurring actuality of our state.

Mark Fernwood
Danville

Residence insurance coverage ought to
observe Medicare mannequin

Re: “Anxiousness builds as protection dissolves” (Web page A1, Sept. 4).

The revenue motive of the free market may go nice optimizing commodities, however house owner insurance coverage is a rip-off; nothing is optimized by the aggressive interchange of the market besides monopolistic profit-maximizing collusion.

You pay cash towards disaster after which they deny protection or threaten to cancel you. A tree fell on our home, inflicting greater than $17,000 in damages; our insurance coverage firm warns of cancellation/elevating charges. The house owner insurance coverage business’s downside is, in truth, the revenue motive itself and needs to be canceled and changed with a nonprofit, Medicare-style house owner insurance coverage belief, with premium charges round what they’re now. The purpose can be to insure towards disaster with out revenue. Funding might be via an revenue tax credit score/deduction, and sure, it could be obligatory through the tax code, although sweetened by the credit score/deduction.

Ideally, charges can be decrease for the reason that incentive to not cowl and maximize cash retention is obviated. Fraud needs to be severely punished with a effective and incarceration.

Jack Knutson
Fremont

Spanish audio system want
well being care illustration

The non-English-speaking inhabitants is haunted by a scarcity of enough medical care.

Spanish-speaking staff are one of many lowest-represented teams in California and their issues are usually ignored. They’re unable to voice their opinions because of language limitations and lack of illustration.

California has one of many largest economies on this planet. One can argue that non-English audio system type the inspiration and spine of it, but their well being care and households take a toll once they turn out to be injured on the job. Many non-English audio system work in development, factories and agriculture, however are unable to obtain enough medical care.

I’m writing to carry gentle to the truth that California ought to improve its efforts to offer correct help and companies to the arduous staff of California. Insurance policies should be carried out to reinforce their entry to correct care.

Sebastian Wahab
Vallejo

Science ought to assuage
radiation fears

Re: “Nuclear energy may save our air however threaten water” (Web page A7, Sept. 5).

In LZ Granderson’s column, his worry of tritium from Fukushima stepping into the ocean is completely unfounded.

How harmful is tritium? Chemically, it appears to be like similar to water. Strikes via the physique rapidly. The radiation it produces is often stopped by the outer layers of the pores and skin. Its half-life is a brief 12 years.

Let’s have a look at the radiation dose in, say, 10 gallons of Fukushima water. This quantity of pure water drunk rapidly would kill you because of “water intoxication.” The physique’s electrolyte system couldn’t deal with it. However, taking a look at radiation solely, you get about as a lot by consuming one banana.

Don’t let worry overcome science.

Cliff Gold
Fremont

Palestinian intransigence
retains Mideast in battle

Re: “Israel’s Libya gambit fails to search out decision” (Web page A12, Sept. 3).

Amer Araim factors out that when it was disclosed that the International Ministers of Libya and Israel met, it was a scandal, He wrote that the Libyan was pressured out. That’s true, however not the entire