Slash and burn
To the Editor:
The unthinkable is happening, and there’s no recognizable solution. The slash and burn of the rain forests is reinforced, even energized by President Trump and carried out by his geopolitical partner, President Bolsonaro of Brazil.
These two madmen are virtual twins. Bolsonaro is nicknamed the “Trump of the Tropics” because of copycat behavior, such as insulting the appearance of the French president’s wife just as Trump insulted Ted Cruz’s wife. Who says such a thing? Both Trump and Bolsonaro, obnoxious to excess, that’s who.
Bolsonaro, a dictator wannabe who won unexpectedly, stated that he would refuse election results if he lost. He promotes gun ownership by relaxing gun laws, and the religious right is sympathetic to his views. The similarities between Trump and Bolsonaro are uncanny.
Literally and figuratively the climate crisis is now set ablaze. Brazil’s politics have wrapped it in greed and clothed it with racism and indigenous people claiming ownership to the burning rain forests are the losers. Not only are Trump and Bolsonaro consumed by the lure of excessive riches, their hearts and souls are steeped in bigotry for good measure. The result is two powerfully malignant crackpots for the world to grapple with.
Bolsonaro insists on Brazil’s sovereign right to develop the rain forests. Trump combines the flat-earther evangelicals with his own personal gluttony as stated at the G7 summit “I’m not going to lose that wealth.” Trump’s words reveal his policies haven’t been entirely motivated by climate denial after all, but rather unadulterated greed – consequences be damned.
How do we break this destructive alliance? Bolsonaro, emboldened by Trump, has set the Amazon on fire, and the genie can’t be stuffed back into the bottle. By electing Trump in 2016, we’ve chosen a path impossible to reverse and with a grim future indeed.
An easy government fix: cut spending
To the Editor:
Recently, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot issued a statement that requested input from citizens as to how to “bridge the gap” between the budget shortfall. This is a reasonable question regarding a serious problem.
Recently, the Will County Board announced possible plans to increase the gas tax in Will County 4 to 8 cents a gallon. The answer to both is quite simple: spend fewer taxpayer dollars. Reduce the size and scope of all government spending and overreach.
Is there an elected official in any capacity – village, township, city, county, state or federal – that proposes a solution that every taxpaying household has to do everyday? Spend less money. Stop the unchecked spending.
Library plan a waste of money
To the Editor:
The city of Joliet wants $10 million to redo the downtown public library. I haven’t been there in 50 years. And for what? Everything now is on the internet or computers. How many people even go there any more? The money could be used for schools or street repairs. Again, what a waste of tax money.