Cigarettes and wildfire
EDITOR: With regard to the threat of wildfires during California’s dry season, I am asking that those who smoke cigarettes (etc.) please, take care not to produce a roadside grassfire.
Almost daily, there is an article in this paper about new or ongoing wildfires or about the threat of same. And yet I still find many cigarette butts along our rural road in west county. It is very disturbing to say the least. Our neighbors’ houses and ours are not burnt to the ground, but finding these butts frequently makes me think that it is only a matter of time.
Please be cautious, and mention this to all the smokers who drive vehicles that you know. Many newer vehicles without ashtrays require that responsible smokers obtain after-market ashtray alternatives that are available. Look around.
EDITOR: The Republican Party was mean-spirited before Donald Trump. For eight years, Republicans blocked every effort by President Barack Obama to improve health care, protect consumers, ban toxic chemicals, raise the minimum wage, provide paid family leave, reduce carbon emissions, promote clean energy, protect the environment, expand public lands and pass background checks for gun owners.
Now that Trump is president, they look the other way and ignore his lies, conflicts of interest, attacks on the press, risky appointments, disregard for intelligence, diplomatic gaffes and violations of the Constitution.
As he makes the presidency a profit center for himself and his family, they overlook his blatant use of public office for personal profit, the very definition of corruption.
When they have a chance to reform health care, they instead try to cut health insurance for millions of low-income and elderly Americans and give tax relief to the millionaires and billionaires who financed their campaigns and political action committees.
Instead of addressing income inequality, the billionaire Cabinet proposes tax cuts for investors and corporations as it rolls back health and environmental protections and threatens to privatize public education.
This ideology of trickle-down economics will make the rich richer, expand the income gap and undermine our democracy.
The new anti-Semitism
EDITOR: In the Jewish state, questioning the wisdom of government decisions is a national sport and the essence of being Jewish. Contrast that with the new anti-Semitism, which seeks the destruction of the Jewish state and brings the battleground to newspapers and campuses, often employing fake news spread by the boycott, divestment sanctions movement. This new anti-Semitism infects both progressives and neo-Nazis.
Join me in seeking justice for all peoples indigenous to the Middle East who endeavor to express their historic national claims: Jews, Kurds, Imazighen (black Africans who fight Arabization), Berbers, Copts, etc.). They all struggle against the imperialism of Arab fundamentalist Dar al-Islam. The road to peace requires new Arab leaders who seek a true durable peace.
EDITOR: Todd Gaziano and John Yoo, using “magical legal thinking” (their words), conclude that since Barack Obama unilaterally designated national monuments under the Antiquities Act, Donald Trump has the unilateral authority to rescind such designations (“Trump can topple national monuments,” July 8).