Pot and wildfires
EDITOR: I’ve heard stories of environmental catastrophes that Californians should care about — the rain forest, killing animals for tusks, protests over fur coats, Berkeley’s tree-sitters, the wetlands in Willits. Yet right in front of Californians’ blind eyes and non-hearing ears, the destruction of wilderness/wildlife is happening with no protests in front of the courthouse, no rallies, no protests, no outrage. I’m talking about illegal pot grows.
A fire caused by an illegal grow destroyed Shasta’s wilderness, killed animals and a human being. Illegal grows are stealing water when there is not enough for the animals, fish or trees. Why are Californians, with their apathy, saying that growing a weed is more important than our pristine wilderness?
People brag on TV and in the papers about the money and providing medicine (which a person could grow on their own) and collectively selling to the rest of the world. Yet no one speaks out of the price, of the loss of 12,000 acres in Shasta.
I am a Californian, and I care. Write to Gov. Jerry Brown, write to the president, and act to end illegal grows in our woods. Use state and federal money to protect the precious California wilderness.
EDITOR: No one is calling for a ban on the orange tips for replica weapons. That’s because we are united in knowing that the placement of the orange tips is a good idea.
What some people can’t seem to remember is why it’s a good idea. It’s a good idea because everyone needs to know that the ersatz weapon is not what it seems to be — a very deadly weapon.
By removing the orange tip, everyone except the person holding the apparently deadly weapon is tricked. What some people can’t seem to grasp is that if a police officer is tricked into thinking that a very deadly weapon is being carried by anyone capable of pulling the trigger, then the officer is duty-bound to neutralize the situation. Anyone who carries a replica with the orange tip removed is inviting the scrutiny and actions of law enforcement officers.
I am glad and thankful that we have good people who, in this age of mass shootings at schools, are willing to place their lives on the line for the protection of all.
Maybe what’s needed is a ban on replica weapons, instead of protesting the outcome of irresponsible trickery.
Fighting big government
EDITOR: Kudos to the people who are trying to save the Drakes Bay Oyster Co. (“New suit aims to save oyster farm,” Saturday). We will all suffer if big government manages to close down a legitimate business that has existed for many years. I am sending a small donation — hopefully others will join in some way to support these people — our neighbors in their heroic effort to fight back against environmentalists. Shouldn’t they be on this side?
Standing up to Putin
EDITOR: The horrible missile attack on Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 calls for a stronger U.S. response than President Barack Obama has made to date. It’s apparent the weapon used, a Buk anti-aircraft missile launcher, originated in the Russian Federation. It’s even possible, although he has denied he did so, that it was ordered by President Vladimir Putin.
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