REASONABLE vs NECESSARY

California has a huge problem with police violence: Recently, news broke that California police killed 172 civilians in 2017 alone.

Right now, we have a rare opportunity to do something about it. There’s a bill in California’s Senate that would help stop unjust police killings and protect officers in a big way. But it won’t pass without a huge showing of public support.

AB 931 would change the standard for when police are allowed to use lethal force from “reasonable” to “necessary.” As uncontroversial as that sounds, our legislators need to see that killing people unnecessarily (and thereby putting officers in harm’s way for no reason) is something the public cares about. Contact your state legislators and tell them you support the use of lethal force only when it is necessary.

Help save civilian and police lives. You can make a difference. Contact your California legislators and ask them to vote yes on AB 931.

~ NETTIE V. PARKER

PASADENA

MIXED SIGNALS

Confused? Does President Trump believe our intelligence community that the Russians “meddled” in our 2016 election or not?

It’s kind of like Melania’s jacket when she was sent to immigrant centers to do “damage control” after the cruel separation of children from their asylum-seeking parents: in transit, a message of “who cares” to the base but a show of concern at the site, having it both ways.

And now, to Putin’s face, a signal he might continue to allow hacking and manufacturing bots by the hundred thousands, sowing dissension on our social media, then a “misspoke” denial to damp down the outcry from both domestic allies and adversaries.

After all, there’s another election this November.

Has the president taken a single action to counteract the clear threat to our cybersecurity uncovered by our intelligence people?

~ MARGARET MORRIS

VIA EMAIL

DIET CHANGE NEEDED

With scorching heat and raging wildfires in the West and torrential downpours and massive flooding in the East, global warming is not just about a gentle sea rise anymore. These tragic consequences of dumping greenhouse gases into our atmosphere call for drastic remedies.

For starters, we should rejoin the Paris Climate Accords and actually become a world leader in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. One of the most effective ways is by changing our diet.

Yes, that. Last fall Oxford University’s prestigious Food Climate Research Network concluded that solving the global warming catastrophe requires a massive shift to a plant-based diet. A 2010 United Nations report blamed animal agriculture for 19 percent of greenhouse gas emissions, 70 percent of freshwater use, and 38 percent of land use.

Carbon dioxide is emitted by burning forests to create animal pastures and by transporting animals.

The more damaging methane and nitrous oxide are released from digestive tracts of cattle and from animal waste cesspools, respectively.

In an environmentally sustainable world, we must replace meat and dairy products in our diet by vegetables, fruits and grains, just as we replace fossil fuels by wind, solar and other pollution-free energy sources.

Let’s start with our next supermarket visit.

~ PATRICK LAWSON

PASADENA

TIME HAS COME

It is sometimes said that the wealthy of the Earth, whose own carelessness has brought about global warming, must necessarily be afflicted themselves by its effects before they consent to reduce it.

To many of us in Southern California, that time has come. When every month is hotter than its namesake of last year; when our gardens, farms and orchards wilt, and we cannot spare the water to revive them; when crops run short in the market; when we can scarcely take a dog for a walk for fear of overheating it (and ourselves); when we cannot go hiking, take a bicycle or even “beat the heat” at the beach or the swimming pool for fear of sunstroke while in route, the time has indeed come to draw down pollution from the atmosphere, install solar panels on every roof and replace all internal-combustion engines with electric motors.

~ SIDDHARTH MEHROTRA

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