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Concrete steps are needed
to keep promise on forests
The news that the world’s “Leaders promise to protect forests, close methane leaks at climate conference” (Page A4, November 3) is welcome. Our forests are critical carbon sinks and produce the oxygen we breathe. They deserve our protection so they can continue to protect and sustain us.
To start, you need to ban clearing, the extreme logging practices associated with the loss of large amounts of sequestered carbon in the atmosphere, as well as other negative environmental impacts. Then reduce the demand for wood products by supporting the use of sustainable wood alternatives such as hemp and bamboo. Also stop using trees to generate electricity. Biomass combustion is dirty energy that releases pollutants and carbon dioxide in amounts that exceed methane gas power plants and in some cases even coal power plants.
Words are cheap, and promises are empty promises without action. Get to work, world leaders, and be brave. Time is running out.
To be vaccinated
is good for the country
My dad is 98 and was in the Air Force at the height of World War II. He’s a tough guy and a lifelong Republican. He can not understand why so many refuse to be vaccinated.
I asked what he would say to them and he said, “Get the shot or get the hell out of this country.” In other words, patriotism and civic duty are given. We have the task of defending our country against all enemies, outside or inside. Please follow the advice of a great man who risked his life and take a trip to the local pharmacy.
delays require patience
relating to. “Couples Want to Get Coupled – But There’s a Problem,” Page A1, October 27:
Couples’ frustrations are completely valid, as an eight-week wait to get a marriage license or ceremony in Santa Clara County is a long time. In addition, it is a hassle to drive to another county to get such services fulfilled.
Although such complaints are valid, it is important to be more patient with the clerk’s office, as they also “handle death certificates and fictitious company names.” As we are in the midst of the pandemic due to COVID-19, there are higher numbers of deaths, therefore more death certificates are needed to be processed every day. With less than 70 people in their staff, the clerk’s office is lagging behind.
To better assist Santa Clara County residents in obtaining marriage licenses or ceremonies, the county should publish a notice via newspapers or media about the waiting times so couples can plan and get married on the date they want.
Better to change
schedules than clocks
Twice a year we change our watches, and twice a year as a clockwork, the letters arrive in favor of and against completing this practice. Let’s get to the leg:
California voters approved the idea of ending the time change twice a year three years ago, but it has stalled in the Legislature (and also requires federal approval). But the only coherent argument I have seen against summer time year-round is that school children would start in the dark. Well, we’ve also seen studies that school starts too early; we could solve both problems by leaving the clocks on and starting school an hour later.
Democrats should own
Despite overwhelming voter support for infrastructure investment, many senators and representatives were opposed to the bill. Stop allowing them to distract voters with the outrage de jour when they voted against the will of the voters. The administration must draw the voters’ attention to votes against their interests.
All of these infrastructure projects must have signs indicating which senators and representatives voted to oppose or support the law. No need to make it directly party political. You just need to have two columns on the sign: “Supported by” and “Opposite of.” (Instead of mentioning dozens of representatives in large states, simply name those whose components are affected by the project.)
Professional houses and contractors must also have support / conflicting information.
No more senators and representatives taking credit for the stimulus they voted against.
Let expenses be a priority
stand on your own
Congratulations to Democrats and President Nancy Pelosi for letting the House of Commons vote on a critical issue – our infrastructure.
To imagine an all-encompassing bill with everything from bridges to day care was always an ill-conceived idea. Let bills for each remaining main topic (day care, climate efforts) stand on their own. Not only are these individually popular, but they are also crucial to building a more stable and inclusive society.
If the Republicans kill them, then make this a problem in the 2022 campaigns. What these bills contain are winning problems.
is no climate solution
In his latest hit piece against Governor Gavin Newsom (“California Must Share Details on Hydrocarbon-Free Future,” Page A19, November 7), Dan Walters accuses the California Governor of political malpractice of setting 2035 as a date for phasing out the sale of combustion vehicles without giving details of how this ambitious goal can be achieved.
Walter rattles off a wide range of no-arguments against electric vehicles formulated as rhetorical questions and shows his astonishing ignorance of the well-known efficiency of electric cars and Newsom’s detailed, well-known efforts to confront our toughest environmental challenges. Walters engages in journalistic malpractice when he fails to do his homework on electric cars, then writes about hydrocarbons while deliberately avoiding any mention of the constant build-up of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.
What is Walters’ solution to exhaust emissions? Does climate change mean anything to California?
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