Electric bill has him feeling zapped
EDITOR: Why are my electricity bills so high? I just don’t know why my electricity bills are so high. I read where California has a growing glut of power, yet we’re paying billions of dollars for power we don’t need.
If California has such a big — and growing — glut of power, why is it costing us so much, and why are we Californians paying 50 percent more for electricity than other states?
I found an interesting website that may have the answer to high electricity costs and how to spend less for what you use — www.cadirectaccess.com. It looks like it’s mostly for companies. Maybe residential soon?
They talk about a utility program called Direct Access, with saving examples, and there is also a section about saving on natural gas.
Sonoma generosity deserves bragging about
EDITOR: As a former fundraiser for nonprofits and a citizen of Sonoma, I have often bragged about the unparalleled generosity of our community. Having lived in such diverse communities as Honolulu, Kauai, San Francisco and Mill Valley, I am always quick, and proud, to point out that I have never seen such philanthropy on the scale that I witness in Sonoma Valley for a community of our size. From children’s programs, education, the arts, social services and migrant care, the citizens of Sonoma wholeheartedly support the people and programs that make your community rich and unique. Last week’s article in the Index Tribune regarding the Sonoma Valley Fund (“Report: Sonoma Philanthropy Must Change,” May 16) more than verified my bragging rights. It substantiated them. Who could have believed that the yearly total of nonprofit contributions would be four times greater than the annual budget of our city? What extraordinary generosity! I wish to express my heartfelt gratitude to everyone who contributes to making life so very rich for all who live here and to the Sonoma Valley Fund for nurturing it.
Why I’m voting for Measure E
EDITOR: On or before June 6, each of us is being asked to vote on Measure E, to make a decision regarding replacing the “expiring $195 per year parcel tax with a tax of $250, a $55 increase per parcel per year for five years...” (“Hospital Parcel Tax Makes Final Push,” May 26). Before you decide, just for a moment, put yourself in the shoes of a sick or injured individual or those of his or her family member. Last month I walked in those shoes.
About 4 p.m. my husband took a fall in our home, ramming the left side of his head and face into a wall. I called 911 and within five minutes paramedics were in our home tending to him. The decision was that his injuries required immediate medical attention, and he was taken to the emergency room – a simple five-minute drive away.
Now, much of the criticism against Measure E centers around there being too many administrators or administrative salaries being comparatively too high. I do not have a clue if the allegations are correct, and as concerned citizens we should press the hospital board to address those matters. But what I do know is casting a “no” vote on Measure E is not the answer. Without a well-funded community hospital with an up-to-date emergency facility, we all lose.