To the Editor,
To respond about “Pols must fight climate change now,” Bay News, March 1–7, had I not been a Buddhist, I would be so happy if the grandchildren of these deniers would suffer lack of clean air, poisoned water, and spoiled food. As a human, I cannot blame the grandchildren for the lack of awareness that these deniers negate time after time. Wild fires on the West Coast, floods on the West Coast, heat waves where year after year there is an increase in temperature.
One must be living like an ostrich with his or her head covered with sand or like the three monkeys See no Evil, Hear no Evil, Speak no Evil. Soon enough we will eradicate the ocean of fish and slaughter all the wild animals — except, we’re really the wild animals. I suppose the only animal we will see is Tarzan and the Chimp on TV or the movies.
Senior for climate change
To the Editor,
As a senior citizen, I am just as frightened about climate change as the young people who wrote letters last week, “Pols must fight climate change now,” Bay News, March 1–7. Senior citizens hope and pray for a “Green New Deal” just as much as you younger people. Although we might not be here in 11 or 12 years, we are very much concerned about the health and welfare of our sons, daughters, grandchildren, and our planet, as well as those of you who are just starting to create lives of your own and fear for your own survival as our planet and climate deteriorates.
I believe that the first step towards creating a “Green New Deal” must be to vote Donald Trump and all the politicians who support him out of office. We cannot hope to get any help from politicians who are being supported and funded by the very corporations who are polluting our environment and causing climate change.
I don’t know if any of you millennials remember Al Gore. Al Gore was Bill Clinton’s vice president. Mr. Gore was and still is deeply involved in the campaign for a cleaner environment and a green planet. In 2000, he ran for president against George Bush. He won the popular vote but lost the election because of a foul-up in ballot counting in Florida, which cost him the votes he needed in the electoral college. I have never understood why we have an electoral college. Shouldn’t the President of the United States be elected by a majority of the voters all over the country, and not by individual states? Donald Trump, a man who will do nothing to fight climate change because he is in the pockets of the big businesses who are polluting and changing our climate and environment, lost the popular vote but won the electoral college.
Therefore, I believe that, before we can create a “Green New Deal,” we need to abolish the electoral college and the entire concept of red and blue states and elect a president by popular vote. We need to do this before November 2020, so that we can elect a president of our own choice, a candidate who is not controlled by big money and will do everything he or she can to prevent and alleviate climate change and will be willing and able to cooperate with other world leaders to bring this about. We must also vote all other climate deniers out of office and elect honest politicians who are not controlled by the big business corporations that are polluting our environment and causing climate change. Elaine Kirsch
Fund early voting
To the Editor,
Starting in November 2019, New Yorkers will have nine days of early voting before every election. This glorious change was long overdue — 37 other states had already introduced early voting to make it easier for residents to make their voices heard.
But for early voting to succeed, the state must provide funding to counties to cover start-up costs and ensure a seamless process. I call on elected officials in Albany — including my representatives, Assemblyman Robert Carroll and Sen. Kevin Parker — to fund early voting in this year’s budget.
This was a hard-fought victory. Early voting expands access to democracy. Let’s give it the funding it needs.
Early voting is a necessary and important move forward for New York, but it cannot work without proper funding. We need full funding for early voting in the state budget now!Mary Jean Babic
Crazy Bernie in Brooklyn
To the Editor,
Crazy Bernie came to Brooklyn College on “Flatbush Street,” (the national media couldn’t even get the Avenue correct), to whip up support for his communist leaning presidential bid (“Weekend with Bernie: Sanders returns to Bklyn for first rally of his 2020 campaign” by Colin Mixson, online March 5).
Looking at the faces of the mush-minded students, taking in every word as if spoken by a god, speaks volumes about the educational system and where the country is headed. Bernie spouted the standard line about the government taking care of your every want and need. Free college, free healthcare, and free money for anyone not willing to work. As he droned on about the new “green deal” that would grind this nation to a full halt, they kept on blindly smiling and cheering.
I don’t understand why they are so enthusiastic about this as if the communist/socialist bent does take over government, just why are they attending college in the first place? Capitalism will have faded away, everyone would be deemed the same in work and stature, and the sheepskin they worked for will not be worth the recycled paper it is printed on. I guess that the party of the left truly wants the uneducated — PhDs included — to be the sad future of this country, dancing in lockstep to proven failed policies of the last century.
Robert W. Lobenstein
To the Editor,
Let me get this straight, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez claims that it’s unfair to single out Rep. Omar for what she has said. Yet, it’s all right for Omar to single out the Jewish people for abuse.
How I wish Cortez had been in my eighth-grade social studies classes at either the former IS 320 or IS 228. I taught in both schools for a total of 33 years. My 8P-7 class at 320 and 8-1 class at 228 would have run rings around Cortez. The latter didn’t even know the three branches of government. How on earth did she ever pass the history Regents?
Shame on the Democratic Party for not directly censoring Omar and removing her from the Foreign Relations Committee. Are they so beholden to the ultra-leftists that they cannot do the decent thing of condemning her actions? Oh, yes, Alexandria, the three branches of government are legislative, executive, and judicial. Now, do you understand their specific functions?
Ed M. Greenspan
Read the fine print
To the Editor,
Today’s generation in Congress, along with members of the New York State Senate, Assembly, and Council, could learn much from the late Idaho Republican Sen. James A McClure, who passed away eight years ago on Feb. 26, 2011. His claim to fame on Capitol Hill was for 18 years, he read every word of every bill before voting on it. For many years, he signed his own mail.
Fast forward to today, did members of Congress take an Evelyn Wood speed-reading class to absorb the hundreds of pages contained in previous temporary Stop Gap spending bill, along with other so called “emergency legislation” passed in the dead of night? They received these with only hours before being asked to vote up or down. Only lobbyists, key Congressional staff members employed by the House and Senate leadership teams who actually wrote the fine print within the hundreds to several thousand pages on behalf of their bosses, had any idea of the details buried in the actual contents. There should be a seven-day minimum time-out period. This would provide adequate time for members of any legislative body — but also ordinary citizens, the media, and independent good government watchdog groups — the opportunity to understand all of the contents contained in any proposed bill. Everyone would also have the opportunity under an open process to comment and discuss the merits or consequences before others vote up or down for adoption.
Ditto for reading the thousands of daily automated robo letters sent to constituents, who have taken their own personal time to write. Liberal or conservative, Democrat or Republican, we would all be better off if members of Congress, the State Legislature, and Council members would take time to actually read, line by line, and openly debate in public any proposed legislation before voting. Their legislative actions impact both our economic and civil liberties. Future generations have to pay for and live with the consequences.