There is no 'magic forest'

Dear Editor:

I read the recent letter regarding the addition of solar panels being placed at schools, not only in Brentwood, but across the Bay Area. I had to chuckle. What a great opportunity to raise our children about the importance of alternative energy sources than at the schools.

The parking areas where the majority of these panels are placed are using an existing footprint to harness energy. I looked high and wide and was unable to find a magic forest that grows these panels, so I assume some manufacturing would be needed.

Why stop here? What about the manufacturing of energy- efficient cars, double pane windows, compostable food containers for restaurants, Energy Star appliances and products made from recycled products. they all have to manufactured. In fact, where do you think your home materials came from? Until we find that magic forest, the least we can do is attempt to look at green alternatives to the things we consume and need.

I think the real issue that Tim has was the view of the "truly green hills" of East Contra Costa County that was compromised for him, and the not in my backyard mentality.

Tim Nasty

Oakley

All politicians have an agenda


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Dear Editor:

Live long enough, you hear the same old lies. It's not my intent to bash a party -- both are corrupt -- from local council members -- to the White House. All have an agenda, some are power brokers, others to feed their egos. Anytime one party has majority rule, we're in trouble.

In California, we're about to see Democrats release their will upon us. They're going to ramrod gun legislation through at a fevered pace, most of it wrong, and without debate. They will follow Obamacare all the way through, destroying businesses driving us deeper into debt. Even Democratic senators are saying it's wrong -- where were they last November? We're getting a bullet train that's already over budget, they haven't even put a shovel in the ground. They convinced you we need it, you approved it. They raised taxes, you said it was OK. Proposition 30. Another tax increase will be pushed on us in the next election -- wait and see -- and then say no!

Isn't it time to say enough? Stop spending my hard earned money without my permission. I want to take my family on vacation, not pay for some lazy dude's cell phone. Stand up America, stop letting them divide us. They work for us -- they are us -- remind them of that. Do what's best for America. Start right now!

Roger Stromgren

Brentwood

Why not gas purchase fees?

Dear Editor:

Personally, I think the proposed ammunition laws are a great idea! But why stop there?

Let's include gas in these regulations. You pay a yearly "gas purchasing fee," have a background check for certain violations and any drug infractions. You gas only at registered gas dealers, and you can't share your gas or let anyone have any of your gas. That's be a surefire way to keep drunks and unlicensed drivers off the roads -- wouldn't it?

Steve Brown Sr.

Oakley

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