Changing Climate Change
Thank you and bravo to the Monterey County Weekly for your excellent coverage of the new book, Drawdown, edited by Paul Hawken (“It’s not all doomsday when it comes to global warming. Scientists ranks the top 80 strategies to reverse it,” July 16-12). As you note in your article, this book is inspiring. It is a one-stop-shopping compendium of ideas that can propel us to a sustainable future. Hawken is well known for his efforts to move us to renewable energy. With this book, he has brought together a respected team of scientists, educators, policy makers and business leaders.
But the strategies outlined in Drawdown are not enough. Hawken has stated that placing a price on carbon is a crucial first step. This is where carbon fee and dividend come in. This legislation would place a price on carbon and, thereby, push our economy to renewables. By returning the money equally to American households, it would not grow government. Mary Nelson | Santa Cruz
Editor’s note: Nelson is a member of the Citizens’ Climate Lobby-Monterey.
Thank you for this story. So much published is negative and hostile to human presence on this planet. I know we can be solutions, too. My only issue with your article is with Number 6, educating girls. I agree, but boys would also benefit from learning about family planning. Sometimes I think we put too much pressure on the girls for the birth control and the responsibility/pressure of the decision of having an abortion or not. Society tends to leave the mother alone with the child and on welfare in many cases. I think this is wrong. I believe that the male “contributor” needs to “man up” to their responsibility as well. David Fairhurst | Carmel Valley
Old is New
I really hate that they are commercializing it! (“Construction on Cooper Molera Adobe in downtown Monterey begins,” posted July 10). Nan Jørgensen | via Facebook
I bet it will be finished before the Conference Center. Brian Janicula | via Facebook
House and Home
In response to comments regarding the local homeless population and mental health and substance abuse being “more” of the problem than affordable housing, I am privileged to know many of the homeless women who call the Monterey Peninsula home (“Letters,” July 6-12). I am aware of several senior women who were long-term renters forced out of their homes by eviction of the property owner during the housing crisis. With rents as high as they have been, saving the money for a deposit and first month’s rent is a barrier to housing.
The women that I know are, for the most part, strong and resourceful because they have to be. Every week I hear of another homeless woman getting a job or returning to school, but I rarely hear that they have gotten housing. Functioning in society is much more difficult when you live in a car or outside, and affordable housing is something that many of these women desperately want but cannot find. Would affordable housing solve the problem of homelessness? Of course it wouldn’t. But it would absolutely help many women get off the street and back on their feet. Kelly Kerr | Pacific Grove
Editor’s note: Kerr is the interim executive director of Gathering for Women.
Rolling over on this kind of arrangement would be wrong (“A housing battle erupts over whether to let Moro Cojo residents sell for market rate,” July 13-19). It is there to provide a way for folks to have a decent roof over their heads. If folks want to move, it should be available for others to have the same opportunity. It was not meant for profiteering. Carol A. Stollorz | via Facebook
I would be interested in knowing if the deed restrictions signed by the buyers of 161 homes included the affordable housing designation in perpetuity section when they signed their purchase contract. This would have occurred as they were subsidized government loans, paid for by the rest of us taxpayers. An agreement is an agreement. I signed a loan agreement when I bought a house, my sweat equity being 10 years worth of savings that was called a down payment. But I was expected to pay market rate for my home.
I admire these property owners who worked so hard to buy a home, but they have to follow the terms of the agreement they made, not get to change the rules whenever they like. Kathleen Cauble | Pacific Grove
lunch and learn
Many thanks to for covering the GoFundMe campaign I started to pay off accumulated school lunch debt in the Monterey Peninsula Unified School District (“A parent launches a crowdfunding campaign to pay off school lunch debt,” posted July 10). Special thanks to the nearly 300 people who shared the campaign through social media and to the 50-plus individuals whose donations helped the campaign exceed its goal in just two weeks.
It’s great to be part of a community that mobilizes so quickly to meet a need. I hope we can examine our priorities as a society more deeply, and find a way to ensure every schoolchild gets the food they need without incurring debt. It would be an even better sign of a healthy community if we agreed to make it a collective priority to cover the cost of school lunches without the need for online fundraising efforts. Ken Peterson | Monterey
Dear Mexican: Crema de la crema! (“Ask a Mexican,” posted July 10.) This is some kind of jocoque joke? First precept: Keep it clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language. Sara Hunsaker | Carmel Valley