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Heatwave stories
require a global context

Re. “Heat wave to come -“ It’s going to cook ”, page B1, June 16:

Any regional heat wave article that fails to mention our global heat wave lacks context.

Although the nature of climate change prevents us from directly attributing a specific weather event to it, increasing annual temperatures and record heat levels should force us to deal with the bigger picture of Mother Nature whenever drought occurs. and heat waves occur. When it is always hotter, we have fewer opportunities to recover between episodes of extreme heat. When it is always warmer, water evaporates more quickly and droughts can become more intense.

So when we really feel the heat, we should talk about who or what is powering the blast furnace and what we can do to turn it off. Here in the United States, that could be a policy such as imposing a national price on heat-inducing carbon emissions, a policy that has been adopted by almost every other developed country in the world.

Matthew Lundy
Morgan Hill

Realign spending priorities
to solve the water crisis

Water restrictions are obviously necessary. Long-term myopia is not.

California and the federal government will be spending billions of dollars to build a bullet train that I bet too few will use. Yet the government is screaming that the desalination plants that we can all benefit from are too expensive.

If the countries of the Middle East can provide water that way, why can’t we? Are we going to end up saying, “Water, water everywhere, no drop to drink”? I sure hope not.

David E. Cohen
San jose

Kind mask rules
leave people vulnerable

I don’t like the new mask rules because they could cause vaccinated people to catch the virus.

Remember that vaccines are only 95% effective compared to these new variants.

The new mask rules will allow unvaccinated people to enter grocery stores, movies, restaurants, etc. without mask.

We rely on unvaccinated people to voluntarily wear masks, but many unvaccinated people are already refusing to wear masks or to be vaccinated. And 30% of our fellow citizens have not yet been vaccinated, and many refuse to be vaccinated one day.

Those of us over 65 still have a 5% chance of contracting COVID and dying from it.

I hope that all employers, both private and government, demand that all their employees be vaccinated. And I hope to find grocers who still require masks for every shopper.

Brian mccormick
San jose

College Debt Relief
harm taxpayers

According to Forbes magazine, the Biden administration is writing off $ 500 million in educational loan debt. The cancellations exclude more than $ 2 billion already canceled by the administration and add to loan payment relief for more than one million borrowers.

These debt cancellations and deferrals are an insult to those who have honored their obligations to taxpayers while those who default get debt relief. It is also unfair that taxpayers, many of whom did not go to university, foot the bill.

These debt cancellations and deferrals send a message to colleges, many of which have multibillion dollar endowments, that they can increase education costs knowing that the government will most likely increase borrowing limits and / or cancel student debt.

One wonders why these institutions do not pay for all or part of these debt relief / forgiveness plans in place of the taxpayers.

Jerry mungai
San jose

Take a unified approach
to global issues

The recent G-7 summit is helping to strengthen diplomatic ties and mobilize global efforts to tackle COVID-19 and build a greener future.

Intergovernmental organizations such as the European Union have also worked to keep the peace and create an allied front against foreign aggression, deterring war and protecting small countries. In addition, only multilateral cooperation can defeat pervasive diseases, tackle humanitarian crises and fight climate change.

For example, in 1980, the World Health Organization succeeded in eradicating smallpox. In recent years, the WHO has worked to establish safety guidelines and provide information to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, global organizations such as the United Nations are dedicated to the protection of human rights, the promotion of democracy and the preservation of world peace. The influence of the United Nations puts pressure on countries to raise their human rights standards and address important political and health issues.

A united front among the world’s major organizations and democracies has enormous advantages.

Jasmine fan
Palo Alto


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