Sad truth behind slayings
Elliot Rodger's rampage in Isla Vista is the result of bullying, irresponsible parenting, weak police enforcement, corrosive social media, political blindness and a failed mental health system replete with the hollow interests of psychologists. Indeed, Isla Vista has been needlessly added to the mental illness tragedies of Columbine, Virginia Tech, Sandy Hook, Aurora and others.
Now retired from a 41-year career in law enforcement and the criminal justice system, I have witnessed the deterioration of society firsthand, and I am worried about the future of my children, grandchildren and all American families.
One thing is certain: Demonizing Republicans and the National Rifle Association is a shallow exercise in futility. Indeed, guns don't kill people. "People kill people" is not a hackneyed phrase. It is the sad truth.
Daniel B. Jeffs
U.S. needs gun control
In the latest gun rampage, the father of a victim -- his only child -- has vowed to take action. However, he has wondered what the best method is. I believe I have the answer.
The father chastised "craven politicians who are afraid to stand up to the NRA." Yet the politicians may be understandably fearful, because the National Rifle Association has the resources to pick off and sometimes defeat a politician who dares to stand up to it. But not if they all did. Every single politician needs to agree to pass the sensible gun-control laws that the NRA opposes. If every politician did it, the NRA would not have the resources to try to defeat them all. Even better, the NRA would go broke trying, dry up and blow away.
The heart of democracy is representation of the will of the people: this is how to stand strong and do it.
NFL, players ignore safety
I don't know which is worse, the NFL's callous disregard for player safety or the age-old greed of players who are adults and can make sound choices, but don't.
"Cap-and-trade fee spending a thorny issue," Opinion, Sunday
Bad environmental policies
Gov. Jerry Brown's cap-and-trade philosophy based on saving the environment falls short when one considers the amount of carbon that will enter the environment from building multibillion-dollar high-speed rail from Bakersfield to Sacramento and running it at high speed for a hundred years on electricity generated from coal, natural gas and oil, all nonreplaceable fuels.