Opposing the mine
I hope the proposal for the mine south of Gilroy will not be approved as it is a sacred site for American Indians. It would do irreparable damage to the area and destroy the rights of the Indians to control their sacred site. We should respect their rights as original caretakers of the land.
It is as precious to them as the beauty of our National Parks is to us,
and hopefully we would be outraged having mining interests controlling
The Indians lost their land by cruel invasion, as unjust as the Russian
invasion of Ukraine. We should be as eager to bring justice and simple
fairness to our native populations.
The mine proposal would bring economic benefits to the region, but at
what price? Justice means more than any amount of money. We need to honor our values and respect all people.
— Marjorie Atkinson, Seaside
Support Inflation Reduction Act
Legislation, now called the Inflation Reduction Act, is being considered by the Senate after a series of concessions to Sen. Joe Manchin. Those concessions may seem to have placed the short-term interests of the fossil fuel industry above long-term needs for reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. In reality, the provisions of the Act put our country on a path toward at least a 40% reduction in emissions by 2030 and represent the single biggest climate investment in U.S. history. Both short and long-term reductions in emissions overwhelm any increase from concessions that were made. I strongly urge everyone to contact senators Padilla and Feinstein and urge them to support the Inflation Reduction Act.
— Tama Olver, Pacific Grove
We’re not perfect
I don’t know about you people, but I have been reading, listening and watching a number of citizens (political leaders, news commentators and others) who are suspicious of almost everything going on in our country. They believe America is fraught with domestic enemies, stolen elections, immigrant invaders and sexual predators. I could be wrong, but I believe
this dystopian view started with, dare I say, Trump! These folks including Trump believe we need a popular uprising to save America. They should be careful about what they wish!
I’ve been around for over 80 years and never seen all these perpetuating lies about election fraud, grooming children for sexual predators, a CIA-sponsored regime change operation (info from a Russian book), coronavirus is a bioweapon, that Ukraine is ruled by the
Biden family, and citizens who disagree with them are “domestic terrorists.”
Because some of us don’t agree with them they believe what Rep. Marjorie Green says, “they hate me, and they hate you.” I don’t hate these citizens I feel sorry for them. How do they sleep at night?
America is not a perfect country because people are not perfect, therefore, you can’t get perfection from imperfection. If we were perfect, we all would be gods!
— Joe Zoccali, Salinas
Do better Mr. President
Dear Mr. President, I would like to ask you why hate America and Americans so much? You and your family have prospered in this country, becoming multi-millionaires. Your economic program has made Americans poorer. Food is up 15%, electricity is up 200%, gasoline is up 38% in my area. Yet salaries are not going up that fast. Most of us are getting 2.5%-4% increases. Your policies are making us poorer.
You say the unemployment rate is low, but the Labor Participation Rate has not hit the level it was before the lockdowns. In 2019 it was 63.3%, during the lockdowns it went down to 59.5%, May of 2022 it was 62.3%. That equals 103,418,000 people still out of work. Those who did not get the COVID jabs are on unpaid leaves of absence, losing their salaries and benefits. The info is from your government website. Things are not better.
Are you trying to bankrupt the country? Your policies are certainly doing a bang-up job of putting us further into debt that we can’t pay. Now you and your party are raising taxes on us in your Build Back Better/Inflation Reduction Act of 2022.
What you are doing is reckless, unless you are ushering the World Economic Forum’s take over of the country.
— Sharon Field, Salinas
Intentionally seeding mistrust in our election system is treasonous behavior and those who make these false allegations undermine American democracy!
Providing evidence is no longer a requirement since there is none.
Where is the Justice Department?
— Bob Hogue, Pacific Grove
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