LETTERS: Militant militia; Climate change

Militant militia should stay away

For 20 years I have stated my position against “assault type” weapons that can and continue to be modified for full automatic operation. However, after reading The Monitor’s news about militias “raising money and announcing plans to head to the border,” I find myself considering the purchase of such a weapon.

No, I do not have any more fear of Honduran, Guatemalan or Mexican civilians than I did before reading the article. What I do have is a fear of a bunch of ragtag, undereducated, right-wing radicals with too much testosterone descending on the Valley from the North looking for a fight.

We used to call people like that bullies or street gangs. Now, in my opinion, we should call them American-born terrorists. I don’t want American radicals waving guns in the face of my friends because they can’t realize that American citizens of Hispanic lineage look just like those from south of the border.

Let the National Guard, Border Patrol, ICE, DHS, Coast Guard and, if needed, DPS, several sheriffs’ departments and several large police departments do what they are trained for. We do not need these misdirected hot heads creating incidents to justify their own existence. Militant militia members, stay away.

Past incidents have proven you are more of a problem than you are worth.

Ned Sheats, Mission

Climate change should remain a hot topic

Global warming and climate change are both very serious issues that are affecting our world’s polar ice caps as well as coastal cities. With greenhouse gases being trapped in our ozone it subsequently makes our climate hotter.

Reports have suggested we experience unusual weather, such as out-of-season heat waves, tornadoes and tropical storms and hurricanes. These are direct effects of what climate change is doing to transform our environments, the arrival of migratory birds. It also changes the plant life in an area affecting the species that have evolved to depend on a specific plant community. These changes can threaten many of the species we manage in our community. Another impact is the land mass loss. Arctic animals are losing their habitats, and coastal animals are losing theirs as well. If we do not act against this in my lifetime I will see the extinction of over 100 different species of animals.

But what can we do to stop the effects of global warming? Well, that’s a weighted question. Many of the media’s propositions include something about factory or vehicle emissions or pollution. But what gets overlooked each time are deforestation and ocean CO2 pumps. Deforestation has been in the back of some of the biggest fights against global warming but is never taken seriously. With little done about it, deforestation has caused a massive decrease in the amount of oxygen produced and an increase in worldwide CO2 levels. On the other hand, the amount of CO2 that the oceans pump in and out fluctuates, making most of the data dismissible, but in recent years the amount of ocean-generated CO2 has increased. The result is that CO2 concentrated in the world’s air supply.

I would like to know what The Monitor believes our community is doing to combat global warming and climate change.

Benjamin Sandoval, McAllen