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State should use array
of tools in climate fight
Reader James Wilkerson is right on (“Bay Area should follow Venice on sea-level rise,” Dec. 15). Cutting greenhouse gases is only part of the solution. The science says the warming will continue even if we stop all carbon emissions. And any emission gains our state makes can easily be erased by a wildfire or uncooperative U.S. states.
Our state’s efforts set a good example for the world and the nation, and I support them, but we cannot guarantee they will be effective or catch on in time. We should prioritize some of our resources into solutions that are guaranteed to help, like water management to combat drought, levees to mitigate sea-level rise, forest management to combat wildfires, education, etc.
The financial and human cost is far less if we do something now rather than later. Our governor has yet to demonstrate a broader view of climate science.
seat at democracy’s table
Since becoming a state in 1850, California has consistently suffered political contradictions toward Mexicans. In the Valley of the Hearts Delight, their labor was exploited to feed the country, enriching the coffers of farmers while being redlined out of neighborhoods, many forced to live in the community known as “Sal Si Puedes.”
Mexicans were blamed for the Great Depression, leading to “Operation Wetback” where Immigration took Mexican-American citizens from their homes, shipping them to Mexico. During WWII, Mexicans sustained the U.S. war effort while still being deprived of democracy.
Today, as 39% of California’s population, we’re still sustaining the fifth largest economy in the world and bearing the heaviest price as a result: 48% of COVID-19 deaths, 57% of the infections as of Dec. 15. It’s time we had representation consistent with our contributions and sacrifice. Instead of cooking and serving the food on it, we deserve a seat at the table of democracy.
It will take amendment
to fix political spending
Michael Sozan’s opinion piece (“End campaign spending by foreign-influenced U.S. firms,” Dec. 15) calling for an end to spending in American elections by foreign-influenced corporations is probably supported by most people. Unfortunately, his solutions are unlikely to pass constitutional muster by the Supreme Court, particularly with the new 6-3 conservative majority. The doctrine of Citizens United needs to be repealed, and the best and probably only way to accomplish this now is by amending the Constitution.
The national organization Move to Amend has sponsored HJR 48, calling for a constitutional amendment overturning the Citizens United decision and confirming that constitutional rights belong to people, and not corporations. It already has 75 congressional sponsors. If you reject foreign influence in our elections, not to mention the flood of corporate money in our politics, lend your support to organizations like Move to Amend.
Trump election gambit
shows GOP weakness
We have weak Republicans in Congress, which was on display last week when they signed onto a lawsuit filed in the Supreme Court that asked for millions of election ballots to be discarded.
Many of those GOP congressmen are lawyers, doctors and businessmen. They should be well-educated and able to reason. Those lawyers knew that the lawsuit was injudicious. Why would they sign onto such fraudulence?
Weak people don’t have the courage to think independently or call out a lie or take a risk in defense of principle. Weak people follow; they do not lead. We cannot afford to have them in our seats of power. They give in to their weaknesses and the country suffers.
The Republicans became accomplices in perpetuating Trump’s deceit and abetted Trump in growing a malignancy on our democracy. They must be voted out in 2022.