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severe drought
also for agriculture

We very much agree with what was said in a January 9 editorial in The Mercury News (“The state must stop basking in the winter snow,” p. A12). The rain and snow this year, though very welcome, is not enough to overcome last year’s dry conditions.

However, the claim that California farms have not had water cuts is misleading. Farmers have noticed a reduction in their water allocation since the beginning of last year. Actually, roughly 25% California’s irrigated acreage received almost no water allocation in 2021 and is expected this year. It is not possible to use less water than zero.

The paper further makes it sound as if the farms use water only for use. The farm’s “thirst” for water becomes the food we buy at the grocery store.

California Farms is proud of the fact that we supply a safe, healthy and affordable food supply and do so while Reducing water use in double digits Since 1980.

mike wade
Executive Director, California Farm Water Coalition

the state should cut taxes
on COVID test kit

I recently purchased a COVID test kit from iHealth and it was taxed by the state of California. I must ask my state government, is it really necessary to levy state tax on COVID test kits? It is a medical prevention kit which is essential to ensure that we do not infect others.

When does it stop tempting California to collect taxes? Anyone voting to raise any future taxes in California should think twice.

Here’s a suggestion for Governor Gavin Newsom – Reduce California sales tax on prepared meals to support restaurants struggling during COVID. Keep in mind that every time a restaurant should raise prices, due to an increase in the minimum wage, it creates a higher tax for the consumer.

Guy Ferrante
San Jose

not all test scores
decline during the pandemic

While I appreciate the article on California testing scores during the pandemic, it would be great to include local data that is relevant to our community here.

Test scores at Branham High School (part of the Campbell Unified High School District) were actually 14% in ELA and 8% in Math last year we tested (which was 2019, as the tests weren’t administered in 2020). While there is certainly room for improvement, it is cause for celebration – especially since Branham’s students and staff have been facing the challenges of distance learning for almost an entire school year.

Such positive news about one of our local community schools can help families get a more accurate view of their children and the success of the school.

Bobby Arduini
English Teacher, Branham High School

Valley Fair Parking Fee
robs customers

With reference to the Westfield Parking Fees article, (“Westfield Valley Fair Mall to charge parking fees as it reports sales growth,” page B1, January 10) Westfield management states that this is a measure to prevent parking abuse at their malls. Discouraging is going to charge for parking. ,

It’s just a smoke and mirror trying to trick the consumer into paying some rent for the mall property. Remember when airport luggage carts were free to move your bags? Then came a nominal fee for use. It’s expensive to “rent” that car today. Excessive overcharging for short term use for that feature. That’s what happens with all cash-cow inventions. They start small. For years they have been sticking it to you.

It’s time to stop robbing the consumer. Objection to duty free for consumer participation.

al miller
San Jose

With the end of the struggle, time
to close Guantanamo

Now that the conflict in Afghanistan is over, will the prisoners in Guantanamo Bay be released and sent home?

Article 118 The Geneva Conventions, to which the United States is a signatory, states the following: “When the conflict is over, all prisoners of war shall be released and, if they so request, they shall be sent home without delay. “

The Guantanamo Bay Naval Base Military Prison has been in operation for more than 20 years with detained humans, many of whom have been charged with no crime. Prisons in foreign soil make fun of our legal system. That’s enough time to close the prison, abandon the base on Cuba, and return control of Guantanamo Bay to Cuba.

Philip Flager

open-source textbooks
can reduce college costs

While college tuition has increased at the rate of 260% From 1980 to 2014, the price of college textbooks has increased even more 812%, Some students spend upwards of $1,000 per quarter.