AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson– JUDY PANG Palos Verdes Estates Legislators not above law How stupid do you government people think we are? Government people are, thanks to their own legislation, above the laws they make in many ways, and they authorize themselves pay raises every two years, regardless of how well their job performance is (and it is atrocious, even by the worst public standards). The question is, how long do they, and the repugnant heathens occupying the executive offices in Washington, D.C., think we will acquiesce and let them run roughshod over our rights? Pick paper, not plastic It’s good to hear that Ralph’s grocery stores participated in Thursday’s “A Day Without a Bag” by offering double rebates for bags that shoppers bring with them and free cloth bags with a certain purchase price or on a first-come, first-served basis. Ralph’s spokesman Terry O’Neil was quoted in Wednesday’s article as saying, “At this point, we’re promoting environmental education, conservation, recycling.” That is the exact opposite of my experience over the past few weeks, however, as I have noticed that baggers no longer ask, “Paper or plastic?” but instead say, “Is plastic OK?” or don’t ask at all and just use plastic. I bring paper grocery bags with me when shopping, and find that I can reuse them many times before they end up in my recycling bin. Plastic bags, on the other hand, are hard to reuse. They are produced from petroleum, not usually recycled and frequently end up as trash on the streets and waterways. I hope that Ralph’s and other retailers used this day as a springboard to offer reminders and incentives for customers to bring their own bags, do without a bag if buying only one or two items and use paper whenever possible. I’m fed up, and I believe most of us are. I pray God gives them a conscience and provides an unquestionable path they must walk to correct the malice they have done to our Constitution, our Bill of Rights and the morality of our country. They were elected to be leaders, but not to lead us into the decimation of our American way of life. It is not too late to make a stand for our values, no matter how small a stand it may be. I do wish them strength and success in this, but to their legislation cited above, I do not. – RICHARD DOOLEY Lawndale Freeways getting worse Scandalous: Driving from Chinatown in the rain in the dark is like driving with your eyes closed. No street lane markings. Then it got worse. On the southbound Harbor Freeway, the lane markings were barely visible. Pretty scary driving. The newer 105 freeway was better. The 405 is another nightmare. Where is all the gas tax money going – especially now that the government coffers must be overflowing with gas tax money from increased oil prices? – KARL SIMON Manhattan Beach U.S. lags in climate crisis This is regarding Jay Ambrose’s column, (“Al Gore is full of hot air,” Comment page, Friday). to hear Ambrose tell it, the United States is leading the world in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and will avert climate change by our bold leadership. The truth is that the United States is currently running neck and neck with China as the leading emitter of carbon dioxide; and the world’s efforts are currently insufficient to prevent serious consequences. We have recently seen larger-than-ever rain storms in the Northwest and larger than ever ice storms in the Midwest as a result of increased moisture and energy transferred to the atmosphere by a warmer Pacific Ocean. Unless we can collectively reduce these emissions, worse weather is yet to come. At the Bali Conference, Kevin Conrad, the Harvard-educated representative of tiny Papua New Guinea, pleaded with James Connaughton, leader of the U.S. delegation: “If you are not willing to lead, then get out of the way.” The U.S. Delegation subsequently agreed to join the consensus of nations on the road ahead. In particular, contrary to Ambrose’s implied assertion, the United States is not doing so well. In the Germanwatch’s Climate Change Performance Index 2008, the top three countries are, respectively: Sweden, Germany and Iceland with scores above 60, and the bottom four are: Canada, Australia, United States and Saudi Arabia, with scores below 38. The point is that each of us in the world needs to do much better if we are to avoid more severe storms, floods, droughts and fires. If we do not, current civilizations will be simultaneously threatened, causing worldwide political strains. For those who think that our activities cannot significantly affect the Earth’s climate, I would point out that it has been observed that the grounding of airplane flights on Sept. 12, 2001, caused a temporary measurable rise in the diurnal temperature differences, attributed to the absence of jet vapor trails on that day. On normal days these trails reflect a portion of the sun’s radiation back into space before it impacts the ground, resulting in a slightly cooler day. We not only can affect climate (and weather), we are. We need to tone it down. – ROBERT PALMER Redondo Beach160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!