A Solar – Energy future requires setting Big Goals

A solar-energy future requires setting big goals

Re “California PUC: Don’t destroy small solar with new fees” (Editorial, Nov. 9):

I was very encouraged seeing the editorial in support of net metering. As I commute through the untempered sprawl of Los Angeles, I look out from the 10 Freeway across the low-rise landscape and can’t help but imagine how much energy we could produce by putting solar panels on every viable rooftop.

But we won’t get to a future powered by the sun without setting big goals and backing them up with good policies. When considering the future of net metering, the PUC must listen to the unprecedented public demand to move us closer to putting solar on every viable rooftop in our communities.

The more of us who are able to capture the power of the sun, the more we’ll be able to protect our environment and our climate for future generations.

— Garrick Monaghan, Los Angeles

Who to blame for high water and power rates

If you think your Los Angeles Department of Water and Power bill is much higher then it should be, you should be upset with the mayor and City Council members who have the responsibility for approving the city rate ordinances. These ordinances establish the base rates and adjustments that can be made without their approval

Ratepayers should also be upset with the five members of the Board of Water and Power Commissioners appointed by the mayor who have the final approval for such rate adjustments.

Politicians make things more complicated than necessary in order to mislead us. For example, we have been told the base rates for water last went up six years ago. True, but the actual rate my wife and I paid for our November 2015 water was 40 percent higher then we paid in November 2009. The increase is a result of the water procurement, quality improvement, revenue, security and low-income adjustments that were requested by the LADWP and approved by the commissioners.

We live in a single-dwelling home and reduced our water usage from 47 to 40 hundred cubic feet of Tier 1 water.

— William Zelenka, Granada Hills

Reagan’s actions led to decline of middle class

Re “Reagan is not hero to unions and middle class” (Letters, Nov. 5):

The letter was right on. President Ronald Reagan started the trend in union-busting with PATCO, along with deregulation. I predicted then we would lose the middle class that unions helped form.

We are now back to having two classes in America, and it will be a long time to get what we had achieved for the middle class.

— Nina Trotta-Sutton, Simi Valley

Air traffic controllers, not Reagan, deserve the blame

Re “Reagan is not hero to unions and middle class” (Letters, Nov. 5):

I totally disagree. When PATCO advised its members to strike, they all knew they were in violation of federal law that prohibits them from striking. Even so, President Reagan gave them 48 hours to return to work. They chose not to and sealed their own fate.

The letter writer should put the blame on the 11,000 FAA controllers who decided to take a gamble that they knew was a violation of their employment.

My husband was one of the workers who had to suffer through the shortage that the fired workers caused.

— Sisson Stewart, Lancaster

Maybe Sherman should fall in tha autumn of 2016

I was astounded to watch Congressman Brad Sherman speak out at Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen’s House Financial Services Committee hearing about “God’s plan” to raise interest rates.

His logic? “God’s plan is not for things to rise in the autumn. As a matter of a fact, that’s why we call it fall. Nor is it God’s plan for things to rise in the winter through the snow. God’s plan is that things rise in the spring. So, if you want to be good with the Almighty, you might want to delay until May.”

I’m not sure what source Sherman used to get God’s plan on U.S. interest rates, or why he thinks finance is like growing crops, but if this is how he decides issues, I’d strongly suggest his constituents need to find a replacement for him in 2016.

— Stuart Bechman, Simi Valley

You’ll have to be quick on the draw — with a key

Re “LA City Council passes tough handgun storage law” (Oct. 28):

Well, I see the brilliant council members have passed another stupid gun law, this time requiring a gun lock. I sure hope if they hear somebody breaking into their house in the middle of the night they can find their key to unlock the gun.

— Robert A. Leech, North Hollywood

Intelligence is needed

Re “Toyota invests $1 billion in U.S. artificial intelligence” (Nov. 6):

Wow. We are in luck. Just ask the robot how to solve the airbag problem quickly. Now that would be impressive.

— Cliff Hall, Chatsworth


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