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Concrete measures needed
keep a vow on the forests

The news that “world leaders pledge to protect forests, stop methane leaks at climate conference” (Page A4, November 3) is welcome. Our forests are essential carbon sinks and produce the oxygen we breathe. They deserve our protection so they can continue to protect and support us.

To begin with, ban clearcutting, the extreme logging practice that is associated with the loss of large amounts of sequestered carbon to 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 incineration is dirty energy that releases pollutants and carbon dioxide in amounts that exceed methane gas power plants and, in some cases, even coal-fired power plants.

Words are cheap and wishes are empty promises without action. Get to work, world leaders, and be bold. Hurry up.

Jennifer normoyle

To get vaccinated
is good for the country

My father is 98 years old and was in the Air Force at the height of WWII. He’s a tough guy and a longtime Republican. He does not understand why so many people refuse to be vaccinated.

I asked him what he would say to them and he replied: “Get the shot or get the hell out of this country.” In other words, patriotism and civic duty are obvious. We are responsible for defending our country against all enemies, outside or inside. Please take the advice of a great man who risked his life and take a trip to the local pharmacy.

Ron ward
Morgan hill

Unmissable wedding
delays require patience

D. “Couples want to hang on, but there is a problem”, page A1, October 27:

The frustrations of couples are quite valid, as there is a long wait of eight weeks for a marriage license or a ceremony in Santa Clara County. In addition, it is a disadvantage to travel to another county to obtain such services.

While such complaints are valid, it is important to be more patient with the Registrar’s office, as they also deal with “dealing with death certificates and fictitious business names”. Since we are in the middle of the pandemic due to COVID-19, the number of deaths is higher. As a result, more death certificates need to be processed every day. With less than 70 on staff, the clerk’s office is behind schedule.

To better assist residents of Santa Clara County regarding licensing or wedding ceremonies, the county should make a public announcement, through newspapers or media, of wait times so that couples can plan ahead and get married on the date they want.

Elisabeth Bares
San jose

Better to change
schedules as clocks

Twice a year we change our clocks, and twice a year, like clockwork, the letters come in for and against the end of this practice. Let’s get right to the point:

California voters approved the idea of ​​ending the twice-yearly time change three years ago, but it’s stuck in the legislature (and also requires federal approval). But the only consistent argument I’ve seen against DST all year round is that school kids would start out in the dark. Well, we’ve also seen studies where school starts too early; we could solve both problems by leaving the clocks alone and starting school an hour later.

Gary Brainin
San jose

Democrats should own
infrastructure votes

Despite overwhelming voter support for infrastructure investments, many senators and officials opposed the bill. Stop allowing them to distract voters with the outrage of the day when they voted against the will of voters. The administration must draw the attention of voters 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 a direct supporter. You just need two columns on the panel: “Supported by” and “Opposed by”. (Rather than listing dozens of representatives in large states, just list those whose voters are influenced by the project.)

Union halls and contractors must also have support / opposition information.

More Senators and Representatives taking credit for the stimulus they voted against.

Glenn thum

Leave spending priorities

Kudos to Democrats and President Nancy Pelosi for letting the People’s House vote on a critical issue: our infrastructure.

To envision a comprehensive bill with everything from bridges to day care centers has always been a poorly conceived idea. Let the bills for each remaining major topic (daycare, climate initiatives) stand on their own. Not only are these popular individually, but they are also essential in building a more stable and inclusive society.

If the Republicans kill them, make it a problem in the 2022 campaigns. What these bills contain are winning stakes.

Gary Latshaw

Opponents of the column
there is no climate solution

In his latest bestselling article against Gov. Gavin Newsom (“California must share details on oil-free future”, page A19, November 7), Dan Walters accuses California governor of political malpractice for setting 2035 as the date phase-out. the sale of internal combustion vehicles while failing to give details of how this ambitious goal could be achieved.

Unleashing a long list of negative arguments against EVs framed as rhetorical questions, Walters displays his surprising ignorance of the well-known efficiency of EVs and Newsom’s detailed and well-publicized efforts to address our most important environmental challenges. difficult. Walters indulges in journalistic malpractice when he fails to do his homework on electric vehicles, 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 tailpipe emissions? Is Climate Change Important to California?

Doug peterson
San jose

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