Solar is the way to go for Humboldt County
I have to agree with Greg King’s My Word (“Saying no to Terra-Gen says yes to solar in Humboldt County,” Times-Standard, Jan. 16, Page A4). Solar is the way to go. It could produce a significant portion of the power we need. Rooftop solar installations require no environmental permits, no expensive, invasive and inefficient transmission lines and little if any public objections.
Solar panels are becoming less expensive and more efficient. Lots of permanent good paying jobs are being created by local businesses doing solar installations.In 2005 my wife and I had 12 panels installed on the roof of a home we remodeled in foggy Trinidad. During the 10 years we lived there, we paid PG&E around $5 for the power we used but did not produce during the previous year. So it is possible to produce most or all the power you need from a rooftop system.
I agree, conservation is a big part of our reduction in energy usage. Just take a look around — outdoor lights are left on during the daytime on public buildings, businesses, and on private residences. Turn off indoor lights when not needed. Unplug or turn off appliances and electronic gadgets when you are gone.
A huge amount of “free” energy reaches the surface of the earth from the sun every day. We need to do more to harness this energy for our benefit. GO SOLAR!
Stan Binnie, Arcata
‘This dream was supposed to rescue’ the county
In the case of Mr. Nunes (“Board nixes appeal by Hydesville grow,” Times-Standard, Jan. 15, Page A2):
I met Corey Nunes in the Palace in Ferndale a couple of years ago.
He was a contractor then, and everybody in the Palace conferred to me that Corey was a hard worker and gave the people he worked for an honest day’s work. It’s a good thing, when people call you back a second time for repeat jobs. I don’t know if he is a Democrat or Republican. I’m sure this will come up later when financial decisions are made.
My personal observation is that Nunes was working his butt off and never was really getting ahead. Then the dream appeared. The thought, the idea, the observation by all that growing pot would solve all your problems.
Be sure and treat him fair because 90% of the population will be going after this dream in the next few years.
If you discourage them — we might experience a failing economy, as this dream was supposed to rescue all Humboldt County from poverty.
Frank Standley, Eureka
Friendly City reader airs gentle disagreements
This Heather Cooley (“Solve shortages with water we have,” Times-Standard, Page A4) is full of (expletive deleted).
Northern California, stop sending water south! Southern California (expletive deleted) up their own water. Now we don’t have enough water for people who live here. Get it!
I know you will not print. (Expletive deleted).
Stop sending our water south.
Don Darby, Fortuna