Water-saving ideas

To the Editor:

Why weren’t solar panels installed on the new Juvenile Detention Center roof? Wouldn’t there have been a large cost savings in the utility budget for the county and its taxpayers? Could it be done retroactively?

Was there any water recycling installed in the new Juvenile Detention Center? The recycled water could have been used for landscaping, washing of county vehicles, etc,. thereby saving precious water and money. Was there any thought given to the possibility of installing underground reservoirs or tanks for rain catchment systems off of the building’s roof? (1 inch of rain on a 1,000-square-foot roof will produce 660 gallons of water that can be captured.) We are all aware of the county’s — our — precarious water situation.

Will any these cost savings and water sustainability features be incorporated into the plans for the future Justice Center? Perhaps the powers that be should talk to the City of Irvine about water recycling and sustainability. And, lastly, as an additional benefit, by capturing rainwater, this water could be used for landscaping along Highway 108 to block the view of the Juvenile Detention Center, kind of camouflaging the eyesore.

SC Whitney


Do unto others

To the Editor:

While at the Christmas Parade in Sonora, someone stole personal belongings off of the Red Church float. What a sad happening. Especially because the items stolen belonged to the person who built the beautiful miniature Red Church for the float. Plus he does so much for our church and for the community.

Anyone who steals, thinking they can get away with it, that is not true, for God is watching you. Please put yourself in others’ shoes and how your actions affect the victim. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

If you still have the items that you stole, please return them to the Red Church.

Office hours are Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., or check if the office is open on off hours. If the camera was purchased from a stranger, please return it to the Red Church office.

Fr. Verne and Ruth Walter

St. James Episcopal Church