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A June 9 article in your paper said, “Officials in Richmond are getting so tired of illegal fireworks use that they’re ready to pay to put a stop to it: $2,500 for every report that leads to an arrest or fine.” (“City offering reward for tips on illegal fireworks,” Page B3)
I’d like to see this in Alameda County. Fireworks are illegal here, and much of the area is heavily wooded. Every summer, before, during and after July 4, we hear illegal fireworks going off. Not only is this a major fire hazard, but our pets are also terrorized, people with PTSD are reactivated, and we can’t get a decent night’s sleep.
Let’s offer a reward to people who report the offenders that result in them being caught.
Privacy sacrifice fair
trade for public health
I am baffled by the kerfuffle regarding COVID vaccination “privacy concerns.” Personal medical history should indeed be protected from dissemination, as most of our medical concerns do not have broader consequences.
But there is a long, established history of guarding public health by requiring proof of protection. When I first traveled abroad in 1966, the infamous yellow vaccination book was mandatory for certain destinations. Schools require proof of vaccination, and there have been unfortunate consequences when some fail to comply.
If one puts others at risk by baselessly opting out of something designed to benefit society, those at risk are entitled to that information. If that results in some limitations for the naysayers, they need to accept the results of their decision — a situation that can be altered at any time. Decisions, good and bad, have consequences, and society gets to determine the rules when others are involved.
Can we get ‘red flag’
law for drunken driving?
California should enact a “red flag” law for DUI, too. If you think a friend or relative is going to drink and drive, you could call the police to tow away their car for 21 days.
As with guns, the lives we’d save would be worth any inconvenience to the owner.
further divides us
During the Barack Obama years, my father barked, “Liar!” at the television whenever the president gave a speech. Now, our public discourse broadly employs this childlike outburst when we don’t agree.
Now, progressives and news organizations participate in a playground name-calling mentality. It’s one thing to say “misleading statement,” as Kyle Ritchie did in his letter of June 7 regarding a Victor Davis Hanson column; it’s quite another for this newspaper to place a headline over that same letter: “Columnist trucks in discord and lies.”
To use the word “lies” is to accuse someone of being a liar. But most people are not liars. If they believe politicians, many of whom actually do lie, does this make them liars? It may be that reflexively calling the other side “liars” is the first step on the road to invalidating a lost election.
Congress must act
to thwart ransomware
We were watching the “60 Minutes” TV program Sunday night and they were discussing ransomware. Unfortunately, the city of Leeds, Alabama (population of 12,000), and Atlanta’s computer systems were locked down, and they had to pay to get their files, etc. unlocked. The same thing happened to the Hancock Regional Hospital (a real disaster for their patients).
It was a disaster for these cities since everything including the police computers, emails, computers and everything else was locked down until they paid the ransom fees in Bitcoin.
Obviously, it’s very serious when a city, business, hospital, utility company, etc. gets attacked like this. Congress needs to act today to help solve this problem.
Assault rifles common —
and should be banned
Re. “In rush to criticize, judge’s point missed,” Page A6, June 9:
I think most people understood exactly what the judge was saying: That an AR-15 and other such assault weapons are as ubiquitous and easy to use in America as a Swiss army knife.
As I and others who have had the experience of firing one of these weapons know, compared to other more conventional firearms, they are light, extremely easy to load and reload, and fire with no recoil. Yes, even a child could use one, and have, with ease (google it).
These weapons, large magazines, bump stocks, etc. have no place in a civilized nation except by a well-regulated militia. (Gun advocates conveniently forget that part of the Second Amendment.)