Wishful thinking won’t make COVID-19, global warming go away
Back when I worked in summer camps we’d take the campers out in the sticks for their “overnight.” There, a recurring prank on new counselors was to send them out “behind that clump of trees” to the refrigerator, to fetch the ice cream. They almost invariably went. Some looked and began to laugh at their own gullibility. Others called down for more directions because they didn’t see the refrigerator. Why did they believe it was there, when the likelihood of a working refrigerator out in the wild woods was an absurdity? A friend suggested, “It’s because they want it to be true.” That ice cream sure sounded good. It seems that same dynamic is going on today. We don’t want climate change to be real. So the smoke isn’t that bad. Or it’s because of forest mismanagement, never mind the heat, midwestern floods, or eastern hurricanes, all replicated around the world. And we don’t want COVID-19 to be real, so never mind the 200,000 dead Americans, five times our share of the global mortality. They can’t be real. We don’t want them to be.The ice cream gig was a harmless prank. Climate change and COVID-19 are killing us.
— Dan Greaney, Redding
Vote for normalcy when choosing candidates this election season
We have experienced nearly four years of chaos in the Trump administration. We have a president who is only interested in dividing us, expanding his personal wealth, and engaging in corruption. We can also no longer tolerate his enablers like Doug LaMalfa who is not representing the people of this District but instead rubber-stamping everything coming from the Trump administration. If you have not voted before, this is the time to stand up and make your voice heard. Please don’t sit this one out.
Vote Biden/Harris, and locally vote Audrey Denney to represent our California District 1 in Congress, Elizabeth Betancourt for State Assemble, and Pamela Swartz for State Senate.
— Karen Zeigler, Mt. Shasta
President Trump has made America great again
Think about this for a minute. Forty-six months ago America hired a contractor to de-construct our swamps. Who better to use than the man who saved the ‘Ice Rink’ in Central Park, New York, after all, previous attempts by so-called experts? BAM! America was off to the MAGA doctrine despite all the obstructionist’s conniving and ploys. No other person would have survived all the bombings and land mines while crossing this planet on a campaign to level the playing field and demanding equal pay from our allies at the UN and elsewhere. America was back and the economy and job opportunities were at an all-time high when China dropped a deadly virus on the entire world. How did everyone react at first —blindsided, while being fed misinformation from pseudo-scientist, and a takeover in the form of governors, mayors, and the terrorists bent on destroying America and her history? In the face of all these issues our president has brought troops home, and brought peace between Israel and the UAE then Bahrain, Serbia and Kosovo followed. The left is going bald tearing their hair loose. No wonder they hate him and America.
— Vernon Packer, Redding
President Trump has failed to fulfill his campaign promises
Politicians and the media have turned against President Trump and this is clearly evidenced as more and more Republicans refuse to continue to support him. He has not produced on his promises to the average American wage-earner nor do we have his promised replacement for Obamacare. Trump has also failed in world affairs as he cozies up to Putin, accepting his denial of election interference by Russians when all 16 of our intelligence agencies conclude that Putin is lying. Trump is a definite threat to our national security and to boot, he disrespects our fallen soldiers. You decide but either way, vote; it’s our obligation, our responsibility, our duty as Americans.
— Parker Pollock, Redding
Say not to President Trump’s pervasive corruption
We’ve had 3 ½ years of corruption and injustice under President Donald Trump. Show us the tax returns now so people can make yet another choice to care or not. Trump’s corruption is brazen, unbridled, and right out in the open.
— Max Walter, Redding
President Trump dividing country with racist dog whistles
Throughout President Trump’s presidency, he has sought to divide this country by race and to keep non-whites in their subordinate place, even in cages. His re-election campaigns have been based primarily on white supremacy. “Make America Great Again” is a not-so-subtle message that he wants to take the country back before the advancement of civil rights, before a time when a Black American could be elected president. Such code words that candidate Trump uses today, such as “law and order” and “inner cities,” along with claims that Black U.S. Sen. Cory Booker will bring “low-income housing to the suburbs” are blatant tactics to scare white voters.
— Bob Madgic, Anderson
Wildfire prevention also comes down to personal responsibility
I do not like Rep. Doug LaMalfa’s politics but was happy to see his comments placing blame on the federal government’s mismanagement of the lands it owns in California. What is missing in the discussion is our personal responsibility to keep our land clean and not provide fuel for the fires. I live in a wooded area. Those of us rebuilding have been cleaning up our properties. I have a marsh and water shed I am also trying to maintain. On three sides of me the unbuilt land has not been or has only partly been cleared. This threatens my neighbors and me. I have been told there is no law or recourse to get owners to keep all of their property clear. I think LaMalfa should spearhead legislation to require property owners to keep all their property clean.
— Ronald Kardon, Redding
Red Bluff’s Main Street needs some serious upkeep work
The streets in Red Bluff are some of the worst Ive ever experienced. Driving on Main Street is a bone- jarring, teeth-rattling experience. I recently purchased a motorcycle and I can barely go 15 to 20 miles per hour without concerns about my bike rattling apart. I recently noticed resurfacing being done on the outskirts of town. I cant imagine how these lightly traveled roads received attention before our main commercial artery right through downtown. I welcome any thoughts my fellow citizens of Red Bluff might have.
— Robert Northen, Red Bluff
Drop partisan bickering to fight threats of wildfires
Last weekend felt like hell on Earth. With air quality warnings above 500, my husband and I wore N-95 masks in the house. Yet I know I’m one of the lucky ones. My house hasn’t burned, I have not been evacuated or run from fire, and none of my loved ones, pets included, have burned to death. I cannot see my glass half-full when thousands of people are suffering immensely from these apocalyptic fires. I suffer for them. And though I am well aware that our forests desperately need clearing in order to subdue these fires, I am also aware that a warming Earth in conjunction with worsening drought, has succeeded in making these fires as evil as they have become. Now is the time for climate believers and deniers to find common ground. These fires are two-fold, involving both overgrown, fire-prone forests and a warming climate. We need to approach this life-threatening danger together in order to avoid a humanitarian crisis. Love for one another can conquer evil. Let’s give it a try.
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