Are we not civilized?
Eight. That is the number of school shootings in the U.S. resulting in death or injury in 2018. We are less than eight weeks into the year. Sticking to the facts, these were not all “mass shootings,” but in each case a person used a gun.
While grocery shopping recently a conversation between two people really struck me. “I’m getting sick of hearing about these school shootings,” said one. The other replied that schools need to do more training for “active shooters” on campus. My skin crawls thinking about this conversation.
A practical-minded person may reasonably say that we can’t bury our heads in the sand and it is responsible to prepare for such a horrific event. Fair enough. Here is a suggestion. On one of these planned training events students, teachers, school staff, and parents should all go to our local, state and federal elected officials and demand action to keep guns that are meant to kill people, such as used in Parkland, Florida, off the streets of America.
We cannot accept a defense of a constitutional amendment as a reason to allow weapons of mass murder to be allowed in our country. Are we not a civilized nation?
Manuel De Aquino
Vote no on recall
Recently the Senior Center situation has evolved in a way that is starting to mirror the worst we have seen at the national level. Nasty politics have come into play and misinformation, as well as unfounded personal attacks, are being spread by the group behind the recall action.
The last thing we need in Ashland is to fall into the trap of Breitbart-style tactics aimed at muddling the issues. Those actions are motivated for short-term gains by what appears to be an angry group, and the long-term results of this situation could have a profound negative effect on our city.
Anyone who intends to vote needs to pay close attention to what is really at play: Ashland's long-term viability as an open-minded community.
Let’s look at the big picture, take a big breath, leave our emotions off the table and vote no on the recall.
Support cap and invest
It’s getting easier to imagine a future with better quality air, water and health as world policies reduce the need for the fossil fuel industry.
People are more aware of the burden fossil-fuel emissions put on their family’s health and the health of ecosystems worldwide.
In consequence, the character of investing is changing. Global investment giants are divesting from oil and gas as not sustainable, and for the last several years investors have been buying more stocks in clean energy than in fossil fuels. Insurer giant AWA will no longer provide insurance coverage to major oil pipeline companies.
The squeeze is on combustion engines also, as 200 European cities are creating low emission zones, and countries, including France, Britain, Norway and India, are phasing out sales of gas and diesel vehicles. China requires 10 percent of new-car sales to be electric by 2019.
U.S. states with cap and invest programs have a nine-year success record cutting greenhouse gas emissions while helping communities do work retraining and weatherize buildings.
Our state is set to pass a cap and invest bill now, called the Clean Energy Jobs Bill.
Speedy public support can make sure it passes this legislative session.