Trump’s nuclear buildup
EDITOR: Although Donald Trump said a lot of scary things in his State of the Union speech, the worst for me was his vow to beef up the nuclear weapons arsenal. What else from a president who once asked, “If we have them, why can’t we use them?”
I realize that the rationale for this policy relies on the philosophy of “deterrence.” As Sen. Ted Cruz put it, “The best way to avoid war is to be strong enough that no one wants to mess with the United States.” But like gun owners who refuse to take into account that rates of homicide, suicide and accidental death are many times higher for them than for gun-free households, Trump and Co. fail to notice that the chances of annihilation by accident go sky high when employing the “mine’s bigger than yours” strategy. (An internet search of “nuclear close calls” will drive home the point.)
While I don’t think that the zealots for deterrence will change their minds, I wonder why those of us who grasp the danger of the situation aren’t more vocal. Given the dubious sanity of the current commander-in-chief, if ever there was a time to advocate for a no-first-strike policy and a reduction of nuclear arms, it’s now.
EDITOR: Cat owners who allow their pets to hunt all day and into the night aren’t doing their pets any favors. The permissive owners’ pets put the natives in danger, place unwanted refuse in garden beds and caterwaul at night. There should be an ordinance speaking to this irresponsible behavior, if for no other reason, to protect the cats from accidents, disease and the unjustified anxiety of survival.
Just as there is an ordinance speaking to the illegal action of feeding cats on public lands or the action of trapping, neutering and returning (dumping) them back where they were caught as advocated by Forgotten Felines, we should mandate that our pet cats are controlled, just as we expect our dogs to be leashed while outdoors and any mess picked up.
One benefit to our wildfires is the active trapping and removal of cats from the burned and/or outdoor areas. Keep it up.
A needless mandate
EDITOR; I have news for state Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, who wants to require all garage door openers in the state to have battery backup (“Change sought for garage doors,” Feb. 2). Every automatic opener in the state, battery or not, can be bypassed and the door opened manually. Folks unable to open the door manually already have the choice to install an opener with battery backup. The state shouldn’t impose an extra cost on those who don’t want or need the extra capability.
Applause and treason
EDITOR: Are Trump voters OK with their boy calling Democras “treasonous” for not applauding his State of the Union address? Isn’t it a wee bit insane to suggest that frowning at His Greatness is equivalent to betraying our country?
I don’t know what’s more disturbing, calling for the death penalty for daring to disagree or the ignorant hordes who actually applauded that idea. I suppose they will say it was “just a joke.” Well, when a man is deluded enough to think he and the entire country are one and the same, I’m not laughing.