Letter: Agricultural Water | transmission of covid

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greed for agriculture
pinch water supply

again. “The Importance of California’s Agricultural Water Supply,” page A6, January 4:

What this article fails to mention is that California farmers are multi-billion dollar corporations that only care about money. These corporations have depleted the groundwater level to such an extent that the aquifers cannot be replenished due to groundwater, and now they want our surface water.

Regarding almonds, what is not mentioned is that 70% of California almonds are exported. One man Stuart Resnick and his almond crops consumes an estimated 100 billion gallons of water a year, the equivalent of what San Francisco residents consume in a decade. Imagine “Poor Farmer” Stewart Resnick (worth $5 billion), using enough water in a year to supply San Francisco 16 years To supply almonds abroad.

California needs to get its water back from these megabillion-dollar corporations. We need our water to restore our rivers and our quality of life. California residents need to conserve water, but use only 5% of California’s water. Save California water for Californians.

johnny johnson
danville

public needs more
on COVID transmission

I’m tired of reading about how well coronavirus-infected celebrities and other people of fame are, when all I really care about is who they were close to and who might be infected. It seems to me that without compromising privacy concerns, it is possible to make general statements about behavior that could result in infection. We can learn from this and save more lives.

Such a huge database. The paper should publish, rank and rate suspicious behaviors that lead to infection. Going without a mask, or not wearing a mask around people without a mask and unvaccinated is obvious, but one wonders if it could be more specific. Where do people get COVID? One wonders how indoor events, churches, schools, airports, airport bars, restaurants, stores or movie theaters fare.

Donald Jedlowesi
Fremont

no toy guns
influence adult opinion

again. “Toy Guns Teach Bad Lessons as Gifts,” p. A16, December 5:

I grew up with toy guns. I really enjoyed playing cowboys and Indians or cops and robbers, as did everyone in our age group.

Fast forward to the age of 14. My grandfather took us to hunt rabbits. I was excited. And then I saw him shoot at a poor defenseless rabbit. I shocked.

I have since been turned off by guns and have no desire to be around them ever again. I don’t think enjoying my childhood fantasies had any effect on my current ideas about guns. It’s not that hard to separate fun and games and reality as we mature.

Jan Brandt
Antioch

gender politics by heart
abortion debate

I wholeheartedly agree with the December 10 letter to the editor, “Endless abortion debate haunts a troubled nation.” (page A6)