Letters to the Editor

Mascots, kangaroos, skydiving

A red kangaroo hops around the conference table in the Governor’s Office at the Capitol in May.
A red kangaroo hops around the conference table in the Governor’s Office at the Capitol in May. rbenton@sacbee.com

Mascot names and P.C. police

Re “Indian mascot names stir outrage, pride” (Insight, Sept. 2): I was amused to read about certain high school mascot names causing consternation in the Native American community.

Are they not aware that other cultures also have warriors and chieftains?

The noble Aztecs enslaved neighboring cultures and practiced human sacrifice, but I am not aware of that practice among any high school athletic teams.

While the Native Americans are outraged over the use of mascot names, they are apparently satisfied with the numerous casinos where gambling and alcohol consumption take place.

If the P.C. police have their way, soon all athletic teams will be identified by a single letter, all pedestals will be statueless (everyone has a skeleton in his/her closet), and all cars will be gray.

Joanne Arellanes, Rancho Cordova

Important kangaroo facts

Re “Australia’s kangaroo export authorization still up in the air” (Capitol & California, Sept. 2): Australia responsibly harvests kangaroos, and only species that are not listed as threatened or endangered are harvested. If not controlled, they would overrun Australia.

Most kangaroo products are actually exported. Most Australians do not consume kangaroo because it is one of the animals on the coat of arms, so they have sentimental value.

It is actually the most environmentally sound meat to harvest since kangaroos only produce about one-quarter the amount of methane that cows do.

The only legal way to kill a kangaroo to be harvested is by a licensed marksman, and the kangaroo must be shot in the head for an instant kill. It’s still sad but probably the most humane way. Compare that to how inhumanely we slaughter cows in the U.S.

Jan McCleery, Discovery Bay

Safer passions with less carbon dioxide

Re “He died pursuing his passion in sky” (Insight, Sept. 3): It is a tragedy that Mridul Khan died when his parachute did not open.

But let us ponder an important question. Can we find excitement in ways that do not put so much carbon dioxide into the air and are less dangerous? Skydiving requires a carbon dioxide-emitting airplane to get us up in the air.

The United States Auto Club has car races for the young that prepare them for NASCAR racing. And there are the deaths related to motor sports.

These carbon dioxide emissions may seem insignificant compared to others. Might we remember that when our 269 billion metric ton budget of carbon dioxide is exhausted, we will all have to emit zero pounds of it or we will get 2 degrees of global warming and dangerous climate change.

Bruce Burdick, Carmichael

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