Why take risk of waiting to fight global warming?
Re “It’s too soon to know why climate changing” (Letters, Sept. 30):
Letter writer Guy Rosenlof admits that he can see man-made pollution on the beach. But he implies that if we can’t see the air pollution that causes global warming, then global warming is not real.
I can’t see the temperature, but I trust the thermometer that scientists use to measure it. Scientists use instruments to measure the pollutants in our air, and 97 percent of them agree that man-made pollution is contributing to global warming. And they agree that we have a small window of time in which we can reverse or stabilize the global warming.
Why would anyone want to risk waiting until it is too late to do something?
— Grace Lorentzen, Long Beach
Do your own research on presidential candidates
Re “Did the Clinton-Trump debate change your thinking?” (Question of the Week, Sept. 26):
No, not even the slightest. But then I didn’t bother to waste my time watching it. After watching some of the news clips, I decided it wasn’t a debate, it was just a reality show on steroids and a chance for television to make megabucks.
No, I won’t waste my time watching these things but instead will research the candidates and their goals, positions and history to see if my views and theirs are compatible.
I won’t just go to their website for information but will go anywhere necessary to get accurate facts. It might be to the congressional record to see how Hillary Clinton voted when she was in the Senate, or the Federal Election Commission website to see who donated to Donald Trump and how much. I put the same effort into voting at all levels, including California initiatives.
If you don’t do your own research and just depend on sound bites, there is a good chance you will vote for something or a candidate that is not in your best interest. At least read the legislative analyst’s assessment of each initiative, even if you don’t want to read the full text of the issue.
Anyone who is too lazy to surround themselves with the facts and depends on Jerry Springer-type television for their voting guidance probably should just stay home on election day. Binge watching “Happy Days” reruns might be right for you on Nov. 8.
— Wayne Stickle, Long Beach