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12 MONTEREY COUNTY WEEKLY february 8-14, 2024 www.montereycountyweekly.com Heating Up I just read your piece in Monterey County NOW—you are right on! (“Repeated atmospheric rivers are not good—we get that. So why don’t we get climate change?” posted Jan. 29.) I spent much of my life doing ice research in the Arctic—U.S., Canada and Norway—and got to see the dramatic results of rapid warming firsthand beginning in the late ’80s through to the present day. I find it incredible that people are still not waking up and that some even view the topic as “politics.” Keep up the great reporting. David Dickins | Monterey Thank you for this article on the single most important issue of our time. I am finding it difficult to get traction for any activism here. I started a [chapter] of 350.org in Riverside, California in 2017 that is still working. I moved here and have found no groups except Extinction Rebellion, and they are mostly in Santa Cruz. The more media attention like yours the better. Keep it coming. Jana Young | via email Elizabeth Kubler Ross studied people’s reactions from the time a doctor informed them that they were terminally ill from cancer until they died. She documented a five-step process in her book On Death and Dying. 1. Denial 2. Anger and blame (frequently at the doctor) 3. Bargaining 4. Depression 5. Acceptance Most died before reaching acceptance. Global warming is an accelerating existential threat for which most of us are in Denial or Anger and Blame. The green movement is, sadly, a form of bargaining. It’s better than nothing and practiced by people I admire, but way too little. What are the culprits, and what can we do about them? I suggest that the primary drivers of global warming are population and standard of living. The human population was 2.2 billion in 1937, when I was born, 4 billion in 1973, and over 8 billion today. Yet, birth rates have fallen by twothirds during my 86 years. Since 1973, we have more than tripled our use of fossil fuels despite solar and wind breakthroughs. Bottom Line: The improvements we cherish have produced our existential crisis. Early in my engineering career, I learned that there are no correct answers or permanent solutions. If you believe you’ve found one, you don’t understand the problem. All choices are temporary tradeoffs. Edwin Lee | Carmel Teeing Off I think the new format is good! (“Changes to the Pro-Am stir nostalgia, as well as expectations of bigger rewards for the county,” posted Jan. 31.) The old format got stale. It will elevate the status of the tournament and attract a sophisticated crowd of fans to the area. Scott Fradin | Carmel Valley I will certainly miss the celebrity interactions with the gallery and the players. I don’t like seeing traditions broken, they never will be the same (“Working quickly, tournament organizers transformed the Pro-Am, attracting a different set of superstars,” Feb. 1-7). Rayna Dale Lammers-Myers | via social media Bravo (“Wyndham Clark breaks course record to take Pro-Am lead,” posted Feb. 3). Patricia Qualls | via social media Oil Wars As stated in David Schmalz’s article about Trio Petroleum Company’s activities in South Monterey County, Measure Z was passed by 56 percent of the voters in the 2016 general election (“Despite the will of local voters, the South County oil industry is showing new signs of life,” Feb. 1-7). Last August, the California Supreme Court ruled against Measure Z. Voters in California will have a chance to speak loud and clear to the petroleum companies in the November 2024 election. In 2022, the California State Legislature passed SB 1137, which prohibits oil and gas drilling within 3,200 feet of public places such as schools, homes, hospitals and community centers and to monitor existing wells within the 3,200-foot limit. The oil companies have a referendum on the November 2024 ballot to overturn SB 1137. It’s time to protect our health, our water and our planet and support SB 1137 at the polls. Laura Solorio | Salinas Note: Solorio is president of Protect Monterey County, the group that initiated Measure Z. Police Pay About time they did something right for the city (“Salinas City Council unanimously approves a two-year contract for police officers,” Jan. 25-31). Brian Gertsch | via social media Make a Run For It I was really happy to see a cover story about local running clubs (“The first rule of run club? Build community around a traditionally solitary sport,” Jan. 25-31.). Great photos by Daniel Dreifuss and reporting by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier. Thank you for pointing out that “you don’t have to be an accomplished runner to join a run club.” People are often intimidated to join running clubs, but our local clubs attract everyone from beginners and walkers to speedy racers. As the article mentioned, they are social activities and I’ve met lifelong friends. I can attest that joining running clubs has kept me accountable to showing up for scheduled exercise. Thank you to the local breweries and running stores for your generosity and support for these community gatherings—join a club and shop local! Eric Palmer | Monterey Laugh Out Loud So grateful for Ginger’s wisdom (“For better mental and physical health, laughter yoga calls on participants to laugh—even if it’s forced,” Jan. 25-31.) Love this story. Moni de Groot | via social media Letters • CommentsOPINION Submit letters to the editor to letters@mcweekly.com. Please keep your letter to 150 words or less; subject to editing for space. Please include your full name, contact information and city you live in.

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