Enough casinos already
EDITOR: You reported that within four years, a new large Koi Nation casino could likely be built in Windsor on East Shiloh Road (“Tribe unveils $ 600 million plan for casino complex,” September 16) . My Google search revealed that there are 76 Indian casinos in California. Three are within a 20 minute drive of my house in Santa Rosa. There are a dozen casinos to choose from within a 60-minute drive, including Graton Rancheria, Twin Pine, River Rock, Parkwest, Cache Creek, San Pablo Lytton, Napa Valley, Konocti Vista, Running Creek, Robinson Rancheria, Garcia River and Sherwood Valley. (COVID-19 has closed several temporarily.)
We already bet on horses, buy California lottery tickets, and play at many sites online. Given the constraints of additional traffic jams and gasoline shortages, increased water consumption, power grid needs, sewage back-up and the additional crime that follows, can we allow us another multiroom casino? Police personnel per capita are declining and our local taxes are already increasing by 9%. There are already more than enough casinos here.
Stop the coal train
EDITOR: The coal trains have left an indelible mark on my memory. My father was from a small mining region on the West Virginia-Kentucky border. Coal trains ran on a regular daily schedule, delivering their cargo to power plants and leaving behind a gritty, gritty residue of black dirt. When we visited relatives, we couldn’t play outside, go to the park, or swim in the community pool, all because these trains went through and along neighborhoods, soiled with the environment.
Many thanks to California lawmakers for their work to block a plan that would run coal trains along the north coast to an export terminal in Humboldt Bay (“The battle of the coal trains heats up” , September 25). At a time when the climate crisis is at the forefront of concerns, we certainly do not want to sell coal to countries that continue to build and use coal-fired power plants.
Our coastal communities are proud to be increasingly supplied with sustainable and renewable energy. Let us help communities and countries abroad to do the same.
What about nuclear waste?
EDITOR: David Von Drehle’s column on nuclear power was almost convincing, except for the glaring omission (“To solve the carbon crisis, we need nuclear power,” Thursday). He did not address the issue of waste disposal. When a small reactor runs out, or a large reactor is refueled or overhauled, how and where to safely dispose of wastes? This question is the reason why so many reactors are being taken out of service. Another concern for large reactors is how to remove waste heat from the cooling system without damaging the environment.
EDITOR: Most citizens of the United States want to build a nation based on social and economic justice, the rule of law, compassion, and inclusion. Serious threats to the building of such a nation have always existed.
One of those threats was the short-lived Confederate States of America, built among us by white supremacist slavers fearing to lose the economic benefits of free labor. Their country was defeated on the battlefield, but the white-
the supremacist ideology was not exterminated at the end of the war. It lives, transmitted from generation to generation. It thrives in the hearts and minds of millions of American citizens like a dangerous virus.
We live in a time when some American citizens – white supremacists, state rights activists, religious fundamentalists and Republican political crooks – are attempting to rebuild a white supremacist nation among us through fraud, brainwashing propaganda, fear, provocative stupidity and blatant lies.
Those of us who want to live in a nation founded on social and economic justice, the rule of law, compassion and inclusion must not give in to fear or despair and continue to fight vigorously. Losing our nation is not an option.
Risking the health of others
EDITOR: Matthew Dubois wonders why the unvaccinated cannot eat in restaurants since vaccinated and unvaccinated people can still “get and transmit COVID-19” (“Vaccination restrictions”, Letters, September 27). It sounds logical, but critical information is missing: unvaccinated people are much more likely to be infected, making it a much higher risk for the rest of the diners in this restaurant.
In the context of driving, not all drunk drivers cause accidents, just as not all sober drivers are accident free. But the likelihood of a drunk driver having an accident is so much higher than a sober driver that, for the protection of everyone else on the road, we don’t allow drunk driving.
Anti-vaccines are welcome to join us at a restaurant when they are doing their part to reduce the risk of infecting others.
Application of mask mandates
EDITOR: I appreciate the restaurants and local businesses that enforce the mask mandate for their staff and customers. I also want them to know that any restaurants requiring proof of vaccination for dinner will get my business first. Please pledge to support these companies that put public safety first and ensure that they benefit from their efforts.
MICHELLE VON KNORRING
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