The Fresno Bee (Sunday) - - Opinion -

Here we go again. Af­ter read­ing the ar­ti­cle re­gard­ing the ar­rest of a food truck op­er­a­tor, the sim­ple so­lu­tion, as in the vast ma­jor­ity of of­fi­cer-in­volved-shoot­ings, came back to my mind: Sim­ply do what the of­fi­cer re­quests. In this sit­u­a­tion the food truck op­er­a­tor prob­a­bly would have just re­ceived a ci­ta­tion. In the ma­jor­ity of shoot­ing in­ci­dents, the per­son would have been ar­rested, booked into jail, and then cited out in a few hours. It doesn’t take a rocket sci­en­tist to see the com­mon thread.

– Richard Owen, Visalia main­tain­ing our road­ways.

If my ba­sic math is cor­rect, if I drive the av­er­age of 12,000 miles per year, and my car gets 20 miles per gal­lon, I will buy 600 gal­lons of fuel. Per­haps some drive more, some less. Per­haps some have cars that get bet­ter mileage, and some less. The newly added tax of 12 cents per gal­lon ded­i­cated to re­pairs and main­te­nance means I will pay around $72.00 per year to­wards im­prov­ing our in­fra­struc­ture of roads and high­ways.

I will con­sider that money well spent. And those who do not like the tax, well, they have no right to com­plain about our ter­ri­ble roads, streets and high­ways.

– Larry A. Smith, Fresno Ber­lant, as­sis­tant deputy di­rec­tor of Cal Fire, the state’s fire­fight­ing agency, agrees: “It’s our chang­ing cli­mate that is lead­ing to more se­vere and de­struc­tive fires.”

Yet de­spite agree­ment among sci­en­tists and fire­fight­ing ex­perts that cli­mate change is caus­ing more fre­quent and dev­as­tat­ing for­est fires, Devin Nunes in­sists that cli­mate change doesn’t even ex­ist. Nunes’ ig­no­rance is more than un­fath­omable. It is dan­ger­ous and ir­re­spon­si­ble, en­sur­ing Nunes will never sup­port mea­sures to re­duce cli­mate change. His mes­sage to Cal­i­for­nia: burn, baby, burn.

An­drew Janz, Nunes’ chal­lenger in the Novem­ber’s elec­tion, knows that cli­mate change and its de­struc­tive ef­fects are real and will strongly sup­port leg­is­la­tion to re­duce cli­mate change. Nunes is a dan­ger to Cal­i­for­nia. Janz is our one hope at the na­tional level for ef­fec­tive ac­tion. – Tom Tyner, Clo­vis

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