Letters to the editor: Dec. 22, 2021 – Monterey Herald

People who can’t stand the heat or the noise should stay out of the kitchen, and elected officials who think they can please everyone should stay out of public office. I can’t imagine what kind of underlying medical condition allows an individual to have a medical exemption for wearing a nose and mouth covering indoors during a pandemic that has already claimed the lives of over 800,000 Americans, but I believe if I had such an exemption it would be my responsibility to know what to do about it. There are signs all over that say if you have a cough or fever or feel sick DO NOT ENTER and I’m not positive but I bet they have them at the sites of the Carmel Unified School District too.
The Carmel Unified School District board needed to check with their legal counsel and postpone their meeting for 90 minutes so they could be good role models for the kids? That’s ridiculous! If there are rules they are for everybody — and that parent should have complied with the rules – or been escorted out by law enforcement if necessary, and quickly.
I’d like to see that parent show up for jury duty and try to get away with the same stunt.
— Tony Amarante, Seaside
Now that Jussie Smollett has been convicted of staging his own racist hate crime, it should be obvious that this type of crime is found everywhere. A vast number of hate crimes have been unmasked as self-staged hoaxes. The question is why.
Self-committed hate crimes are popular because there is just not enough racism and bigotry to go around to maintain the big lie that America is awash with systemic racism. There was a time when this was true. But this horrible situation was decades ago in the Democratic Party-controlled South, where segregation and racism were codified into Jim Crow laws, and violent vigilante justice was popular.
But the worst part about Jussie Smollett’s narcissistic conduct is that it cheapens actual hate crimes. The horrors of tribalism and racism still haunt society. We must always be on guard to treat each other as we would like to be treated ourselves. Smollett was willing to cheat and lie in order to acquire notoriety and bigger paychecks at the expense of others.
— Dalila Epperson, Monterey
America’s violent culture kills children every day — in Yemen, Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, Venezuela, Libya, Ukraine, Vietnam, etc., and at home. The Herald’s editorial (12/15) focused on a symptom, not the underlying, much greater problem.
Americans terrorize, maim and kill mothers and fathers, families, nations and nature with bullets, bombs, drones, poisons, sanctions, blockades, propaganda and hate. Violent, crude TV and internet programming program this culture to accept greater violence, inured.
This culture estranges its children from their innate wisdom and essential values of love, harmony and connection to the Earth. The results are unhappiness, anxiety, addictive behaviors and for some, rage and explosive violence — fission as lethal as a nuclear bomb, demonstrated in school shootings and by those now in the Pentagon, CIA, State Department and war industry who cause destruction worldwide.
Peace on Earth is not a U.S. value. Only when America faces its violent nature and embarks on real change will children, people and the Earth ever be safe and able to live in peace. For this winter solstice, scrap the National Defense Authorization Act. Pivot to peace.
— Nina Beety, Monterey
Cryptocurrency appears to be money based on nothing and backed by nothing. Apparently, you play a complicated computer game that requires a massive amount of power, and presto! You have bitcoin or whatever.
As such, cryptocurrency is an excellent parody of our “real” money. The government takes its own debt, which is a worthless liability, and magically turns it into new dollars. Our “money” is based on less than nothing and backed by nothing except the public’s confidence.
— Robert Hellam, Seaside
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