Dear Editor:

I don’t know about you, but I’m so tired of being preached to by government officials who tell us to act one way and then do the opposite. Rules for thee but not for me.

The latest brainstorm coming out of the mouths of our City Council in telling us how to live our lives involves retrofitting our homes by getting rid of all gas appliances and replacing them with electric. Say goodbye to your oven, water heater, furnace, dryer, outdoor barbecue and fire pit. Why? Because of Green Energy. Frankly the only green you’ll see is the money coming out of your bank account and higher payments to PG&E, assuming they can handle the increase in demand.

I doubt most of us will live long enough to see any financial benefit from this. But I’m an open-minded guy who can be persuaded by hard facts. I wonder what Caltech study they were reading to come up with this idea. Sounds to me like speak first and think later.

So I’d like to propose something to see if this is viable or just another pipe dream. Since our city leaders think this is a great idea, let them retrofit all the city buildings, without creative government grants that Joe Public can’t get, and do a multiyear case study on costs and ongoing expenses. And since these people think this is a great idea, they should retrofit their own homes too, as their costs will be more reflective of what we would have to pay. I know the Review is also supporting this idea, so why don’t they do this as well and report on the results.

It’s hard for me to take many things the City Council says seriously, as members demonstrated such financial mismanagement. I’m still in disbelief that when the city had to ask for debt relief on the library mortgage because of a drop in revenue, it then went out and borrowed $3 million for a city parking lot, not for us mind you, but would include a $1 million garage. No normal person would do something so irresponsible. And by the way, it’s our money they are foolishly wasting.

My recommendation is simple. Put your money where your mouth is and lead by example. Otherwise just leave us alone.

Steve Hyman

Half Moon Bay

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uffish thought

The self-proclaimed independent, free-thinking rebels of yesterday have morphed into today's oppressors and opponents of alternative views. In their minds you shouldn't be "allowed" to make good decisions for your own family-- they intend to make them for you, even though their own track record is abysmal. But hey, being a good little soldier of the Left's Top Down Control Structure is all that counts.

Jonathan Edwards-- as timely today as ever:

Sunshine, go away today, I don't feel much like dancing

Some man's come he's trying to run my life, don't know what he's asking

Working starts to make me wonder where fruits of what I do are going

When he says in love and war all is fair, he's got cards he ain't showing

How much does it cost?

I'll buy it!

The time is all we've lost--I'll try it!

He can't even run his own life,

I'll be damned if he'll run mine

John Charles Ullom

Petaluma bans new gas stations: --

This will require that building codes require electric car hook ups. I am thinking our Big Siblings can really make a splash by banning the installation of new hydrocarbon based fueling infrastructure and forcing people to prepare for the future they envision. 

Thinking this through, our Big Siblings can make gas even more expensive by forcing gas stations to stop selling liquor, beer, sugar, caffeine, nicotine, and lottery tickets. If we did this, station owners would have to raise the price of gas because most sell gas at near break even so as to attract consumers of liquor, beer, sugar, caffeine, nicotine, and lottery tickets. 

Notice that  the proposed banned items are all sins. Booze causes violence, mayhem, and unwanted pregnancies. Sugar causes diabetes, teen acne, and attention deficit disorder. Growing caffeinated products cause deforestation, greenhouse gasses, and exploitation of indigenous populations. Nicotine is addictive, poisonous, and creates second hand victimization. Gambling leads to drugs, prostitution, and pawn shops.

Imagine the good our Big Siblings all could accomplish if they banned these items from being sold where hydrocarbons  are dispensed. 

Can I get an amen?

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