Bee Readers Accept McClintock’s Comments on Russia, Vaping

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The hypocrisy of the Republican Party

“Tom McClintock says America is becoming ‘dangerously vulnerable’ after Russia invades Ukraine” (sacbee.com, February 26)

It’s good to hear that Rep. Tom McClintock thinks the fate of Ukraine matters. McClintock has backed President Donald Trump, who has called NATO useless, threatened to take Ukraine’s arms away unless it digs up its political rival and chooses to believe Vladimir Putin over intelligence Americans. Putin helped Trump’s campaign in 2016 to sow dissension, undermine our leadership, and put a conceited, inexperienced, and easily manipulated businessman in charge of our country. Putin has succeeded beyond his wildest expectations. If McClintock wants to protect this country, he should work tirelessly to prevent his party from reappointing Trump. Trump has already demonstrated that he welcomes violence to gain power.

Al-Franklin

Auburn

No to McClintock

“Tom McClintock says America is becoming ‘dangerously vulnerable’ after Russia invades Ukraine” (sacbee.com, February 26)

Rep. Tom McClintock’s recent statement on invading Ukraine is nothing more than a cut-and-paste of GOP talking points. After an obligatory opening paragraph denouncing Putin and praising Ukrainians, it quickly moves on to bashing the Biden administration while praising the Trump administration. He voices concern about the national debt but omits his own role in creating it, such as his vote to approve the GOP’s corporate tax cut in 2017. He even slips in one of his favorite GOP dog whistles , border control, in its statement on Ukraine. After 13 years in Congress bringing virtually nothing of benefit to his constituents, McClintock now wants to cash in on his meal ticket representing another district for another two years. His statement noted, “We are hurtling towards an ominous future. … “Voters who want a better future should look for an alternative to McClintock.

David Kane

Hills of El Dorado

Protect forests

“As Californians renovate homes against wildfires, state asks insurers to cut them a break” (sacbee.com, February 25)

Extreme wildfires pose a serious threat to California. Equipping our homes with fire-resistant materials and cleaning our properties of flammable debris are sensible steps, but what California really needs are policy changes. Banning clearcutting – a method of logging in which natural forests are cut down and replaced with plantations of artificial trees – is a good place to start. Clearcutting increases the risk of forest fires, contaminates our water supply, threatens wildlife and accelerates climate change. After clearcutting, the resulting tree plantations burn faster and hotter than the old-growth forests they replace. We must take action that reflects the urgency of California’s wildfires by prohibiting clearcutting and focusing on maintaining natural, healthy forests.

Caroline Harris

Menlo Park

Teen vaping crisis

“Living with Kids: Don’t Worry About Teenage Vaping” (sacbee.com, Feb. 15)

As pediatricians in Sacramento, we can attest to the fact that we are in a teen vaping epidemic, with as many as one in five teens admitting to using e-cigarettes. E-cigarette use in adolescents has significant adverse health effects, primes the developing brain for future addiction, and leads to increased use of traditional cigarettes later in life. The aerosols in vapes have been found to contain at least nine chemicals on California’s Proposition 65 list of substances known to cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm. Although flavorings may seem harmless, some flavoring chemicals have been shown to be toxic and damage cells in the airways and lungs. Vape pens or electronic cigarettes like those made by Juul can contain as much nicotine as a pack of 20 cigarettes, which amplifies the risk of addiction. We should empower parents to talk openly with their children about the dangers of vaping.

Dr Rachel Caynak

Dr Tammy Ng

Dr. Lena van der List

Sacramento

Clean California.

“California officials approve plan to crack down on ocean-polluting microplastics” (sacbee.com, February 23)

California’s new plastic pollution plan would be a major step in reducing plastic pollution in our state, but our legislature must take action to make a plastic-free future a reality. Lawmakers have the opportunity to move toward that future with Assembly Bill 2026, which would ban single-use plastic packaging in online retail. This waste litters our streets and much of it ends up in our rivers and oceans, where it poses a major threat to marine life. Single-use plastic packaging is easily replaced with biodegradable materials. California state leaders should vote yes on AB 2026 to clean up our communities and protect our state’s beautiful nature.

Nicolas Riani

Davis

Protect the right to abortion

“California May Accept Abortions Performed by Solo Nurse Practitioners” (sacbee.com, March 3)

A bill recently introduced by Senator Toni Atkins that would allow certain nurse practitioners to perform abortions couldn’t be more timely. March 10 is Abortion Provider Appreciation Day, established in honor of Dr. David Gunn, an abortion provider who was murdered in 1993. Abortion providers show up every day despite protesters from the clinic, personal threats and difficulties. As the nation awaits the Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which could overturn 50 years of legal precedent and destroy federal abortion protections, we offer hakarat todah (gratitude) to these providers for the good they do.

Claire Lipschultz, board member of the National Council of Jewish Women

Carmichael

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