Letters: Wildfire safety | Truth telling

Letters: Wildfire safety | Truth telling

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Wildfire security tech
already exists

Re: “PG&E’s wildfire technique wants cautious scrutiny” (Web page A6, Aug. 9).

As a former utility engineer, I’ve studied the very best strategies, one among which was developed by San Diego Gasoline and Electrical greater than 10 years in the past in response to an enormous wildfire, and consists of digital detection of a damaged or shorted line inside milliseconds and turning off energy earlier than the road hits the bottom and the present causes a hearth.

One drawback with counting on tree trimming is that in lots of mountain areas, the bushes outdoors PG&E’s transmission hall are tall sufficient to fall into their strains. Additionally, on many two-lane nation roads the place distribution poles are proper alongside the pavement, there may be nearly no hall to clear bushes, so any close by tree might land on the road.

PG&E’s engineers really feel that high-speed digital shutoff is a way more cost-effective technique than spending an excessive amount of on tree trimming and they’re in all probability proper.

Dennis Gaushell

Paper doing its job
in digging for reality

Re: “Paper is overdoing Pink Poodle protection” (Web page A6, Aug. 16).

I’m writing to thank The Mercury Information for its protection of the Pink Poodle incident. Clearly, one thing is amiss, and there seem like some makes an attempt to cowl up the reality.

I have to disagree with Isabel Mota-Macias, who doesn’t imagine in “drastic measures” or “extended protection” by the newspaper. With out realizing the total story, we merely can’t and mustn’t make any assumptions in regards to the incident, and that’s the reason we should make an all-out effort to get on the reality. I’ve the utmost respect for our firefighters and first responders, and it’s due to this deep respect that I respect The Mercury Information’ effort to show the total story. Then, and solely then, will those that should be exonerated, be exonerated, and people who should be punished, be punished.

The Mercury Information deserves reward for its efforts to get on the reality, not criticism.

Myo Kyaw Myint
San Jose

Invoice seeks to reward
of us’ dangerous conduct

Re: “Cities lose cash, hurt residents with ‘poverty tows’” (Web page A6, Aug. 16).

Each motion has a response. Penalties occur while you fail to pay a invoice, parking ticket, automotive registration, insurance coverage, categorical lane charges, taxes or something on time. Penalties add up when you’re late.

Been there, accomplished that. Thirty years in the past I had three parking tickets. I paid them as I can see what the fee is that if I don’t pay on time. I try to not get tickets.

Ash Kalra’s AB 1082 would reward dangerous conduct to those that get parking tickets and can’t afford to pay them in a well timed method. These are the identical individuals who most probably wouldn’t have automotive insurance coverage. Perhaps they shouldn’t be driving. Appears the progressives are making it simpler for folks to steal and never pay for his or her crimes.

It’s time to be an grownup. Driving is a privilege and never a proper.

Michael McWalters

Trainer union stretched
defective college closures

Re: “Thank Gov. Newsom for doing tough job” (Web page A6, Aug. 11).

I agree with Julie Ludwig that Gov. Gavin Newsom (together with everybody else) confronted robust choices as a consequence of all the unknowns with regard to COVID.

Nonetheless many states, together with “blue” states reminiscent of Connecticut, opened colleges in September 2020 based mostly on present information that advised that younger kids weren’t a vector for COVID, but California trainer unions refused to acknowledge such information.

Even Newsom got here to acknowledge such and threatened to penalize colleges that didn’t open within the spring of 2021.

Whereas the governor might have been slower to acknowledge mentioned injury, our college unions have been obstinate and refused to acknowledge scientific information collected thus far.

Gary Miller

MS wants funding
and sincere portrayal

Re: “U.S. ought to increase its ALS analysis funding” (Web page 6, Aug. 11).

That is an acknowledgment of the letter to the editor relating to the necessity for extra funding for ALS. It’s a horrifying illness and desires funding badly.