While it is promising that President Obama has repeatedly stated his obligation to address the causes of climate change, now is the time for him to outline his plan of action.
Industrial carbon pollution significantly contributes to climate change and threatens the health and safety of Americans.
Heath experts agree that carbon pollution worsens smog, which can lead to an increased number of asthma attacks and deaths among children, seniors and people who work or exercise outside.
President Obama has the power to protect our most vulnerable by finalizing the carbon pollution standard for new power plants and then moving to develop and implement a standard for existing power plants.
Last year, Americans showed their support for this plan by submitting 3.2 million comments in favor of the carbon pollution standard.
The administration must immediately move forward with limiting carbon pollution from power plants.
I’m already against the assault rifle used in the next mass slaying. I’m also against the large magazine. More should have been done to keep weapons out of the shooter’s hands. Furthermore, expecting a lifesaving shootout at the last moment — following a wild, wild West mentality — is a dangerous myth promoted by movies, popular culture, a North American sense of our own infallibility and a mostly mistaken, too simple reading of our difficult past.
This myth keeps old attitudes alive and stops us from dealing with difficult present-day realities in a manner that comes from the 21st century, not the 19th century.
If we have any doubts about the difficulties presented in shootouts, we should speak to those who use guns legally or illegally, with the support of government or without.
Hardly ever is there a “clean shot.” Even in the best circumstances, the use of a lethal weapon is often in question, as suggested by headlines about investigations into the use of lethal force.
In a study in New York City, 28 percent of the bullets fired by police officers hit the intended target. That is a lot of bullets not going to the intended target. These professional police officers had already received 100 hours of training.
Usually, in our country, most of the discussion about deaths comes down to which comes first, or matters most: the person or the weapon.
Some imply, “People are killed by guns.” Others respond, “People are killed by people.” Still others say, “You’re both wrong. People are killed by people with guns.’’
Yet when it comes to the chicken and the egg, according to most biologists, what came first was actually the dinosaur. If there is a dinosaur in the gun-deaths room, do we have the courage and will to identify it, and can we let it go extinct?
Deputy Mayor Rick Merolla, when asked whether the city of Akron will offer help or credit monitoring services to taxpayers who have had their tax records hacked, gave the kind of equivocating answer that has led the public to have such a low opinion of public servants. Merolla said, “We don’t believe we did anything wrong.”
I don’t know whether city officials did anything wrong, but I do know the city requires its citizens to file tax returns, and those returns include a great deal of sensitive information.
I do know that in requiring the returns, the city has acquired responsibility for the safekeeping of the data in the returns.
That responsibility is not negated, even if the city has made good-faith efforts to safeguard the material.
How refreshing it would be to hear a government official accept responsibility instead of running for cover.