The following letter to the editor was printed in the Palisadian-Post on July 19, 2018.
It was written in response to a letter published the previous week under the headline "Tell Me in Your Words." That letter began, "Many Americans are witnessing a hysterical and unprincipled 'left.'"
Author Steve Cron is a longtime PaliDems board member who is a criminal defense attorney and founding partner of Cron, Israels & Stark as well as an adjunct professor at Pepperdine Law School.
Here's the full version of Steve's letter, which the Post edited for space:
Dear Ms. Feldman,
You raised numerous issues in your letter to the editor, and asked for answers in our own words. Here are my answers, and a few questions for you:
Your main complaint is that those of us on the “left” don’t say anything positive about Donald Trump. That is the only statement in your letter with which I agree, because I can’t think of anything good to say about him. Not only do I dislike his policies and find them destructive for our nation, I dislike him as a person because he lacks the integrity we have always expected from our leaders—he has proven to be a liar, a bully, and a cheat, and he has a long history of abusing women. He’s certainly not someone whom I view as a role model for our children, our grandchildren, or our nation. Do you?
We must diligently protect our environment and aggressively fight climate change. We need to set and meet more ambitious, urgent targets including 100% renewable energy for California by 2035.
To assist during the disruption of established energy industries, we must provide career opportunities for displaced workers in emerging renewable technologies, making a shift to clean energy good for our economy.
It's long past time to enact a ban on the use of hydraulic fracturing (fracking), which contributes to even more emissions from fossil fuels, while contaminating our water supply.
It's time to ban single-use plastics, and start by imposing taxes on them, redirecting funds to support initiatives in clean energy, healthy soil, compost, and eco-restoration projects.
To protect our environment and food supply, we must support farmers in building healthy soil so that we can sequester carbon on agricultural lands (regenerative agriculture), prevent erosion, clean up our water cycle, and grow more nutritious food.
We must also promote growing food in urban areas (including food deserts), to ensure green, open space for all families, with access to fresh fruits and vegetables. We recognize that our planet is habitat for millions of species, many of which are under threat, and that biodiversity must be part of the solution for any resilient ecosystem or community.
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