Global warming is happening

Global warming is taking effect and people need to take action to avoid catastrophic change to our environment.

Animal, plant and ocean habitats are changing at such a fast rate that many species are struggling to adapt. As a result, many will go extinct. Humans also will be affected.

Since the climate is shifting north in the United States, our farmlands will dry out, crippling U.S. agriculture and raising prices. Also, severe weather extremes, such as Hurricane Sandy and the recent May snow storms across the United States, will become typical.

Some skeptics believe global warming is a natural event. Richard Muller, a major climate change skeptic, changed his mind after he looked at the cyclical variations in the Earth's orbit, which tells us that we should be entering a new ice age. Due to agriculture and the use of fossil fuels, the global temperature is not decreasing, but dramatically increasing.

While individuals are limited in what they can do, visit www.350.org for global warming news and campaigns in which you can participate.

Maxx Bizjak

Orinda

Wacky math is used by EBMUD

This is regarding the law of economics according to EBMUD.

Let me see, a business has less of its product used (in this case we were asked to conserve water) so it raises prices 19 percent and adds considerable staff.

Only in the wacky way California utilities operate does this make sense. We must continue to pay outrageous salaries and pension benefits.

But I must admit, the program to drive the middle class out of California is working.

John Fitzgerald

Walnut Creek

Orinda protests Plan Bay Area

After running a story on the May 13 special Orinda City Council meeting to hear citizens' views on Plan Bay Area, the Times dropped the ball by not covering the meeting itself and the standing-room-only crowd that showed up to express its views.

If this many folks had held an immigrant or gay marriage rights rally, it would have been front-page news. Instead Angelina Jolie's self-imposed breast removal made the headlines.

During the meeting, I heard only three people speak in favor of Plan Bay Area and its transformation of Orinda's downtown into high-density housing.

Most asked that the plan be put to a vote. Many expressed concerns on local schools and property values. Others urged Orinda to drop out of ABAG and questioned the constitutionality of regional government. Still others questioned Orinda Mayor Amy Worth's conflict of interest because she serves on an ABAG board and could not truly represent her constituents.

After attending, I was left with the thought: Whatever happened to government by the people and for the people?

Marilynne L. Mellander

El Sobrante

Pledged against discrimination

In a May 18 Times article, I was deeply saddened to read that a Boy Scout leader said that allowing openly gay scouts will "lead to an infusion of sex and sexuality into a children's leadership program."

This implies that, somehow, this will be an issue for the Boy Scouts, while it's a nonissue for the YMCA, Boys & Girl Clubs, youth sports, summer camps, academic camps and even school science trips.

I think the concept that a gay scout who is out is a greater risk than one who is closeted is bizarre.

I know the scouts in my troop know right from wrong. They also know that discrimination is wrong. Because of this, last October they pledged that they wouldn't discriminate.

The Mount Diablo Silverado Council and our troop are taking a leading role in changing this membership policy. I'm very proud to be a member of both.

Wendell Baker

Moraga Baker is Scoutmaster of Moraga Troop 234.