Letters to the Editor: July 2, 2022

COVID-19 can cause forgetfulness, not sedition

I loved the short letter to the editor, Wednesday (6/29), that generously attributed Trump’s efforts to override the election to COVID forgetfulness (about the Constitution, the danger of angry armed crowds). I, too, had COVID and still attribute my forgetfulness (names, favors, doing the dishes) to my COVID fog, but if I try to do something like subvert an election (what are those words … sedition, felony?), I hope no one gives me a “Get out of Jail Free” card.

— Susan C. Morse, Carmel

One person should not block the will of the voters

Last year, the Water Management District was ready to make Cal Am an offer and carry out the mandate of the 24,000 voters who passed Measure J. All they were waiting for was LAFCO’s approval of their latent power to sell water retail.

LAFCO is a local agency tasked with approving changes in services and boundaries in the county. Approval should have been routine, the buyout was mandated by the voters. But it turned out Cal Am had five friends on the seven-member LAFCO board.

We live in times where the will of millions can be blocked by one or two people. After November, only one vote will remain blocking the Cal Am buyout. That vote is Mary Ann Leffel’s. Should she be allowed to block the will of 24,000 voters?

Leffel’s stated reason for ignoring democracy was a tiny tax revenue loss of less than 1% to a dozen public agencies. But Leffel has changed her story, now she says she did the numbers and they don’t work.
LAFCO hired its own consultant for $70,000 to analyze the numbers. He said they work. The Water Management District’s outside consultant hired to determine feasibility said the numbers work. But Mary Ann Leffel says they don’t.

If you want to sign the petition to put the recall of Mary Ann Leffel on the November ballot and protect your vote on the Cal Am buyout contact Defend Democracy — Recall Leffel at RecallLeffel@gmail.com. The petition must be signed by July 13.

— Melodie Chrislock, Carmel

Supreme Court neutral in overturning Roe v. Wade

Despite protests to the contrary, the U.S. Supreme Court honored democracy in its decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. The Supreme Court ruling was neutral, neither banning nor promoting abortion. The court explicitly stated that they could not make the final decision on the abortion issue. That duty belongs to voters who elect legislators.

Since the right to an abortion is not enshrined in the U.S. Constitution, the court had little choice but to invoke the 10th Amendment, which requires the people in the individual states to make such important decisions.

This process is democracy in action. People vote for the politician who best represents their interests. The judicial branch does not have the authority to legislate; that is the duty of elected leaders.

Therefore, why do Democratic partisans repeatedly condemn the Supreme Court for taking undemocratic positions? In reality, the so-called Democratic Party leaders have become the greatest perpetrator of anti-democratic abuses.

— Lawrence Samuels, Carmel

Global warming clearly driven by human activities

This is in response to the recent letter from Sharon Wood on CO2 and climate change. The temperature changes over the past 600,000 years she refers to were a result of the ice age cycle, which is driven by variations in the Earth’s orbit around the Sun and the Earth’s orientation in space. The global warming of the past 120 years, on the other hand, is clearly driven by emissions of CO2 caused by human activities, as confirmed by Nobel Prize-winning science and every relevant and credible science organization in the world. The cooling that occurred from roughly the beginning of World War II until about the mid 1970s that Wood mentions was a result of the cooling effect of air pollution. When laws took effect curbing air pollution around the world in the early 1970s global warming returned with a vengeance, and the Earth is now the warmest it’s been in about 125,000 years. We are currently putting CO2 into the atmosphere at the rate of about 40 billion tons per year, which is 2-3 times faster than the natural world can remove it. To learn more, visit “Climate Change Matters – With Mike Clancy” on YouTube.

— Mike Clancy, Salinas

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