Friday, November 27, 2015     Volume: 30, Issue: 18

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What would you like to see the United States do about ISIS?

Air strikes are a start, but let’s put boots on the ground.
Look for less confrontational ways to address the situation, like economic sanctions and a multilateral peacekeeping effort.
They’re a pissed off byproduct of the 2003 Iraq invasion. Maybe it’s time to stop creating more terrorists.
Let’s begin by helping the refugees that fled from their violence.

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The following article was posted on May 28th, 2014, in the New Times - Volume 28, Issue 44 [ Submit a Story ]
The following articles were printed from New Times [] - Volume 28, Issue 44

Our climate is bad and getting worse

By Scott Secrest - Arroyo Grande

Heidi Harmon really put her finger on the uphill battle we’re having against global warming (“Climate crisis has no party affiliation,” May 22). It’s been framed as a liberal vs. conservative issue. Unfortunately, we have a primarily two-party system in which our various objectives must find their expression in the representative of one party or the other. So, conservative and liberal objectives all get tied into two separate, neat packages. If you’re for gun rights, low taxes, and limited regulation, guess what? You’re also for foot-dragging on the climate issue, because that’s part of your representative’s platform.

Enough is enough. The necessity for vigorous and immediate action is common sense. The disastrous effects of, yes, human-caused climate change are upon us. (Ever seen the sea come in and flood NYC subway stations before?) While it’s bad now, it’s going to get worse—for our children, and theirs. We’re eating their lunch on this. How will we look at them years on and try to explain why we didn’t do anything when we could? My vote is for Heidi for Assembly.