Environmental loose cannons
I am pleased with the decision by the Ventura City Council not to adopt the ordinance to ban plastic bags in the city. From the start, this was clearly a solution searching for a problem. The fact is that on any given day (even the windiest days) one is highly unlikely to see more than one or two plastic bags floating around the city. And the reason for this, obviously, is that city residents are already responsible in picking up after themselves and properly disposing of these bags and/or recycling them, as we do in our household. Therefore, there is no need for “government as nanny” to step in and make sure that we are maintaining our public spaces in a caring and responsible manner. We are already doing that.
This issue, along with many other issues facing our local, state and national governments today, highlights the fact that government overreach, in the form of environmental extremism, can be disrupting and damaging to the natural order of things, not to mention our economic prosperity. I wish to thank Council members Mike Tracy, Neal Andrews and Jim Monahan for having the temerity to stand up to the environmental loose cannons in our community and act in a thoughtful, commonsensical manner in voting down this needless ordinance.
I live on Ashwood Avenue and I have absolutely no objection whatsoever to the presence of a gun shop in my neighborhood. Ever since reading More Guns, Less Crime by John R. Lott Jr. I have had a different attitude toward the presence of responsible gun owners in my community. His books (there are several editions available at Amazon) show that responsible gun ownership actually reduces crime statistically. Although I am a progressive and vote Green whenever the opportunity arises, I can’t ignore the facts as described by Mr. Lott. Those who are “up in arms” about the new gun shop might want to do some research.
The next generation
Hurray for Mr. Moomjean for his Society on the Brink column (Right Persuasion, 6/5), so insightful it could have been written by the philosophers of old. In fact, it was. Socrates notably complained:
“Our youth now love luxury. They have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for their elders and love chatter in place of exercise; they no longer rise when elders enter the room; they contradict their parents, chatter before company; gobble up their food and tyrannize their teachers.
Yes, old farts over 30 have been complaining about the next generation for 3,000 years. So while Mr. Moomjean sees society on some form of brink, I see it moving forward as it has for the past 3,000 years. On May 10, I attended my grandson’s wife’s graduation from medical school. Of her class of 114, nine including her, were members of the armed services who, upon graduation, were promoted to O-3 and began both their professional careers and their active-duty military service. So while Mr. Moomjean laments the decay of society because of the actions of one psychologically afflicted individual, I see the promise of thousands of young people moving forward into productive adulthood.
Don’t worry, the next generation will do fine if we give them a chance.