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Monday's Letters to the Editor

Saving water

EDITOR: Maybe it’s time for UC to study just how low water use can go for a family while still maintaining daily hygiene. Then advertise the results so people can learn how to save more water. Also look at your math. Big ag uses 80 percent of the water in the state; cut out the general public’s use, and you have the 20 percent savings, right? Of course, you would have no voters left, and no one to buy their produce.

BOB WILLS

Santa Rosa

A library tax

EDITOR: How have reductions in staffing and hours of operation of the Sonoma County library affected you? The cuts started in 2011 after the Bush administration/Wall Street collapse of 2008 and 2009 caused mandatory across-the-board funding reductions.

The library’s operating hours of 52 hours per week were sliced to 40 hours per week. Attendance plummeted from 2.9 million in 2010 to 1.9 million in 2013. Today, the Sonoma County library struggles to do its job with barely $33 per capita here vs. $51 in Napa County and $95 in Marin County.

Contact your county supervisor. Ask him or her to place an eighth-cent sales tax or $25 parcel tax to fund the library on November’s ballot. A vote of two-thirds is needed to pass. Regular hours and full staffing would resume; teen parents, children and seniors will thank you; planning could start for a new Roseland branch; and visionary educational advocates from Ben Franklin to Sam Brannon to Andrew Carnegie would be pleased.

A brand new Sonoma County reader would gain his or her literary ability to soar.

FRANK BAUMGARDNER

Santa Rosa

Clean power promises

EDITOR: I’m astounded to hear supporters of Sonoma Clean Power claim that the agency would “be crushed” if electricity consumers aren’t slammed into their program without their consent (“Utilities attacking choice — again,” Close to Home, June 15).

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