Letters to the Editor

Climate change, national service, ferrets

Climate change over time

Re “On New Year’s Day, we contemplate time” (Editorials, Jan. 1): “Can we band together to stop global warming?” “Is our time to act past?” These questions, among others, are found in the editorial. The answers are still waiting to be determined.

Time is not on our side in dealing with climate change. If we are to have a reasonable chance to avoid the worst consequences of climate change, we must finally adopt a mindset that climate change is the most important issue of our time and will remain so for decades to come.

This mindset is crucial to galvanizing the fortitude necessary to sacrifice short-term gain and endure some short-term pain. Without this mindset, the negative climate change impacts we are witnessing today will become progressively more severe, until they become overwhelming and irreversible. At that point, today’s other issues of concern will seem insignificant by comparison.

Harold Ferber, Elk Grove

Fortunate ones

Re “Our current brand of patriotism comes without sacrifice” (Viewpoints, Jan. 1): Dana Milbank’s discussion to expand national service for 18-year-olds is a great idea. I think we should mandate that all 18-year-olds, citizens and legal aliens serve our country. It would have done wonders for me when I was 18. I may have matured and responded positively to my obligations rather than squander away a few years beginning in 1970.

Unfortunately there are fortunate sons and daughters that would find loopholes and be exempt from service like the Vietnam War. Please listen to Creedence Clearwater Revival’s song “Fortunate Son” for further clarification.

Gerard Bynoe, El Dorado Hills

Love ferrets? Keep them illegal

Re “Is this last gasp of the ferret people?” (Capitol & California, Jan. 1): I am a huge fan of ferrets, one of the most curious and fun critters you will ever meet. I am not a fan of what people do with animals we call pets – overbreed them and then fill up animal shelters once they grow up.

Getting a ferret in California is a process, and only those who really want one will get one. If they were legalized, they’d become throwaway pets like cats, dogs or rabbits, and that is the last outcome I want to see for these fun animals. Keep them illegal.

Linda Meeks, Rancho Cordova

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