Leaving state bone-dry just for the sake of fish 

Your Friday editorial about the need for Congress to investigate California’s water fight, in light of Judge Oliver W. Wanger’s decision two weeks ago, is right on the money. Similarly, I think the Interior Department is also trumping up false and misleading information about four dams on the Klamath River.

The San Francisco Examiner had a short article on the issue a few days ago, reporting about Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, speaking at the San Francisco Commonwealth Club about a plan to remove four dams on the Klamath. He falsely stated their removal would create jobs. Sure, for three, maybe four years. But what about after the deconstruction jobs are gone? The farmers and ranchers would be left with worthless land and no livelihood.

The Central Valley is being turned into a desert for the sake of a non-native fish, the Delta smelt. Will the Shasta Valley be made bone dry for the sake of a non-native fish too?

Anyone who does a little research will find that coho salmon were imported to the Klamath from Oregon’s Cascadia Creek in the late 1800s.

Matt Grocott
San Carlos

Deductions not just for rich

A Thursday letter-writer seems to feel that taxpayers who take advantage of mortgage interest, employer-sponsored health insurance and retirement savings deductions are all wealthy. I beg to differ. I make about $30,000 a year and have all those deductions, and I’ll bet there are a lot more taxpayers earning less than $75,000 with those deductions too.

I live in a residential area where a lot of homes are owned by children and grandchildren of the original buyers and I doubt if the majority of them fall into the writer’s definition of “wealthy taxpayers.”

Rebecca Woo
San Francisco

Mexico’s alarming illiteracy

A recent report gave an alarming message regarding illiteracy in Mexico City. It said that more than 7 million Mexicans ages 15 to 27 were illiterate and had no jobs — and 2.7 million of them were women. Due to increasing labor costs, Mexico is sending many of its manufacturing jobs outside the country.

The United States has long been doing the same thing, and is finding that up to 50 percent of students from the K-12 schools and colleges are not graduating their students. And the graduates are not finding jobs either.

Frank Norton
San Francisco

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