We can expect more lenient enforcement of existing environmental laws in the wake of climate crises.
Disaster capitalism was bad enough already. With climate change added to the mix, it's a poisonous recipe for humanity.
Re "Royal couple visit skid row," July 11
As the royals of the visiting British aristocracy are lionized, may we in the "colonies" recall that what first separated us from the royals was the affirmation that "all men are created equal," which means they are as common as we — or we are all of royal blood, which seems to be the better point of view.
W. Lee Truman
Re "Gay rights bill goes to governor," July 6
Assemblyman Tim Donnelly (R-San Bernardino) says that as a Christian, he is "deeply offended" that history books in California schools would be required to include the contributions of gays, lesbians and transgendered Americans.
As an American, I am deeply offended that Donnelly seeks to inject religious beliefs into a political issue that should not be guided by his faith. American history is replete with examples of attempts to suppress the contributions of minorities who do not fit into the skewed version promulgated by white males.
Donnelly was elected to represent all of his constituents, not just those who agree with his religious beliefs. The next time he speaks on an issue pertinent to our pluralistic society, he should check his religion at the door.
Re "A quiet hike, then terror," July 8
Is this type of horrible tragedy, in which a grizzly fatally mauled a Torrance man hiking on a Yellowstone trail, avoidable? Not completely. We run a significant risk whenever we enter the wooded areas the grizzly calls home.
According to Kerry Gunther, a National Park Service bear specialist, the bears of Yellowstone have been lingering recently in the park's lower elevations, where most visitors spend their time. Did the Park Service make any extra effort to post this information for hikers?
Of course, the trails are closed. Let's hope the bears have time to hustle back to higher ground, for their safety and ours.