Cap and trade is wrong move

I agree with the title of your editorial "Auction is a turning point for California" (Nov. 14), but the economic direction resulting from "cap and tax" is likely downward. Your claim "big job creating investments" is mere speculation--unbacked and unproven.

Further, your own description of how the cap-and-trade system is supposed to work is enough for any sensible person to realize this is just another boondoggle for those profiting from market manipulation, while contributing nothing.

You claim "absurd arguments over the very fact of climate change," yet there are solid, scientific, rational arguments about anthropogenic (man-made) CO2 [not] being the cause of climate change.

To reduce the complexity of climate change to the existence of a single man-made compound, CO2, which is less than 1 percent of greenhouse gases is not science; it is nonsense.

Those interested in understanding more of the science behind climate change (a constant), as opposed to just the politics, might consider Ian Plimer's excellent book "Heaven and Earth: Global warming, the missing science."

Chris Kniel

Orinda

Richmond health services limited

Measure N, aimed at fighting obesity by taxing beverages containing excessive amounts of sugar, was a noble idea.


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Unfortunately, it was ill conceived, as it unfairly created a rise in food costs for Richmond residents. It was defeated.

I agree that, for obvious health reasons, we must drastically decrease sugar consumption in our diets. We also must decrease the amounts of fat and salt and emphasize exercise as a balanced approach to better health.

The health of the Richmond community and that of the nation will hinge on our ability to better educate the populace about making wise dietary choices.

If we are truly to address this issue, let us dedicate our efforts toward building a health education/medical center in Richmond.

We could provide information about health as well as a modern medical clinic to attract more physicians. Currently, health services in Richmond are limited and are likely to fall short of expected needs with the advent of Obamacare. Many residents seek medical care outside the city, a trend likely to increase in the future.

Dr. William Jenkins, a practicing pediatrician in Richmond for more than 50 years, died recently. It would be quite an honor to dedicate a medical facility in his name to further serve Richmond residents.

Dr. Brazell H. Carter

Richmond

Mallard Fillmore best comic strip

Here on the "Left Coast," it's a breath of fresh air to follow Mallard Fillmore daily on the comics page.

He brings some balance to the political discussions. What a wise and clever cartoonist Bruce Tinsley is.

Bob Burman

Martinez

More than two choices in presidential election

I read the Times every day to keep up on current events.

During the last campaign season, I considered myself well-informed about the candidates and issues due to all the information I read in your newspaper. About two months before the election, I was concerned about having only two choices for president, as the Times mentioned only Mitt Romney and Barack Obama in all of the articles.

A few minutes of Internet search turned up several other candidates that the Times never mentioned. Some of these other candidates may have been a better choice for some people if they had the time or resources to search for them.

In the future, maybe the Times will keep their readers fully informed about all the candidates and where they stand on issues.

It must be a bad feeling when you are forced to choose between the lesser of two evils, especially when you find out there are other alternatives after you cast your ballot.

Christopher Coad

Antioch

Good changes are happening in country

Leonard Pitts hit the nail on the head in his Nov. 12 column, "Party of angry white men has lots of damage to fix."

Donald Trump, Bill O'Reilly, Ted Nugent and all the "no smiles" men, my brother-in-law included, are swallowing hard these days. Rejection is their middle name; it fires them up so much that they cannot see the changes for the good happening in this country.

Pitts deserves an award for writing the truth these fools cannot comprehend.

Janice L. Smith

Walnut Creek