Saturday Letters to the Editor
Vote no on recalls
EDITOR: President Joe Biden won. Governor Gavin Newsom won. Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascon won. Sonoma County District Attorney Jill Ravitch won. Republicans simply cannot accept the election results. I don’t like all of these reminders, and I will vote against them. I will not reconsider Newsom or Ravitch or their policies until the 2022 election. We should put an end to this waste of taxpayer money and time. Dont forget to vote.
Numbers tell a story
EDITOR: At the beginning of the history of debates in England on the prevention of smallpox, a parliamentary speaker opposed the use of William Jenner’s smallpox vaccine: “The freedom to do evil”, a- he said, “was still part of the privileges of the free-born English.” As of June 21, more than 33 million unvaccinated Americans had been infected with the coronavirus, and 601,825 of them have died, compared with an estimated 10,000 infections and 160 deaths among the 100 million Americans who have been fully immunized . Smallpox was eliminated by widespread vaccination.
Help for owners
EDITOR: Ross Liscum left important information in his June 24 commentary (“Pandemic policies have left homeowners out”). Public officials across California have said in numerous news formats that the pandemic has hit everyone hard. By the way, the real victims are those who were infected with COVID-19, lost their lives or became seriously ill. The rest of us have been through hardship and we are still alive.
Liscum did not mention that since March 2020, millions of homeowners have benefited from forbearance under the CARES Act, allowing them to temporarily suspend or reduce their mortgage payments. For mortgages that are not federally guaranteed, managers may offer similar forbearance options. If you’re having trouble making your mortgage payments, service agents are usually required to discuss payment relief options with you, whether or not your loan is federally guaranteed.
California’s COVID-19 Rent Relief Program is designed to help low-income Californians by paying unpaid rents to landlords. There is state law protection for homeowners. On August 31, Governor Gavin Newsom signed the Homeowner Relief Act, which provides protection for borrowers who were up to date with their mortgage payments as of February 1, 2020 and who are in financial difficulty due to COVID-19. More information is available at dfpi.ca.gov/2021/03/15/covid19
MARIE ROSE KACZOROWSKI
Save what we can
EDITOR: Our world has run out of time for moderate action. Delay and denial have brought us to the onset of a crisis that will continue to worsen until we act boldly and effectively. Climate change is here, and it’s bad, but we’re not doomed until we give up.
We can mitigate the worst effects while adapting to those already cooked. The time for one or the other is over; all we have left is both / and. Tap into fossil fuels and adapt to extreme weather events. Develop renewable energy sectors and improve infrastructure. Transition to a green energy economy and help communities become more resilient.
Now is not the time to back down from the challenge because it will be difficult and costly. The costs of not taking action are so much higher and so much worse. The situation is urgent, but we have the agency to influence the severity of the outcome. We cannot save everything, but we must fight to save what we can.
EDITOR: James Baldwin brilliantly stated, “I love America more than any other country in the world and for exactly that reason I insist on the right to perpetually criticize it.” This is true of many American socialists, myself included. Far from being the hateful and infamous caricature of the Republican Party, we understand that there are deep systemic issues with America that need to be addressed.
Police brutality is not a new problem. Racial discrimination is not a new problem. Inequality of wealth is not a new problem.
We have ignored these issues for too long. While those on the right would rather shrug their shoulders and pretend that this is how it always has been and always will be, this attitude is neither helpful nor in line with America’s promise. Despite all its many flaws, our country has enormous potential. This potential landed us on the Moon and on Mars. This potential invites people from all over the world to become fellow citizens.
There are serious problems in America, but we can only hope to resolve them by first admitting them. American socialists know this and are getting elected across the country because the country is starting to realize it as well.
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