Re: Out with the old, Free Lance 01/14/22
Not everything old is an old Christmas tree, but what a great idea it is to get rid of everything old. For example, just because we had a few showers in December, we can forget about water conservation, but we can’t because plenty of water is an old idea. So, done with the old one.
Shawn Novack, in his article “The Drought Isn’t Over Until It’s Over,” writes to tell us that weather forecasts point to a dry spell for the remainder of the rainy season. Careless water use is an old idea, so let’s embrace the best new idea of water conservation.
It seems that the idea of housing is new because there are so many newly built houses causing rapid growth in our city. But we live in a free country where everyone has the right to a home. A new idea would be to control the construction of houses. For example, prioritize building within city limits to avoid sprawl. Apparently, it would be a new idea to support affordable housing and low-income housing, because these are the types of housing we need the most.
Building grand, castle-like mansions on farmland is ancient. Preserving food-growing land while building affordable homes for workers is new.
Governor Newsom’s new budget supports the new idea of building affordable housing across the state. A stable community workforce in place is new as businesses move to where workers are available.
Stable workers attract new manufacturers. New manufacturing produces new forms of energy. Electric power from coal is ancient. Renewable energy from the sun and wind is new. The manufacture of solar panels and wind turbines is new.
Anti-vaccine is old propaganda; booster shots of the vaccine are new. Get a reminder. It is old that children are not vaccinated because now it is new to vaccinate children over five years old. Immunizing children makes schools safer.
Let’s really go out with the old and with the new to prove that we are truly a free people to develop a stable community for all of us to enjoy health, food, homes and jobs.
Mary Zanger, retired pharmacist