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America Competes Act threatens reptile fanatics

My title is Josh Bartlett and I’m a 23-year-old reptile keeper and I strongly oppose the America Competes Act HR 4521 being handed with regard to stopping reptiles and different pets from being allowed to cross state strains.

This Act would forestall future reptile fanatics from having the ability to have entry to species of reptiles that aren’t injurious in any strategy to the pure surroundings of all 50 states.

For instance, reptiles equivalent to bearded dragons, uromastyx lizards and different generally stored pets like leopard geckos couldn’t probably pose any threat to turning into an invasive species in any state just because these animals wouldn’t be capable of survive for any prolonged time frame within the wild in any a part of the US of America.

One instance is that these reptiles have very particular husbandry necessities and wouldn’t be capable of survive the tough winters in any of fifty states. One other instance is that none of those reptiles would be capable of discover the correct meals they would wish to outlive and to breed.

Please don’t destroy the reptile-keeping interest for tens of millions of People and future People by passing this Act, as there is no such thing as a threat to wild populations and these animals are being stored as pets and are usually not in any approach a risk to native populations.

Most reptile keepers are accountable and would by no means launch their pets into the wild as they know they’d not survive.

Time to cease failing our college students

I train at El Camino and I’ve been a instructor with the district for 25 years.

We’re failing our college students.

We failed our college students after we weren’t giving them sufficient P.E. time, till a grievance was made and the scenario was corrected.

We failed our English learners by not giving them electives. In 2017, I notified my administration, members of the Board and others on the district workplace that I believed we have been violating Title VI. I’m unhappy to say that I didn’t do extra. Now that faculties are re-incorporating CTE, somebody spoke up. And beginning subsequent yr, all of our college students may have electives.

Our best failing is our response to COVID.

The Surgeon Normal has issued a warning concerning the psychological well being disaster amongst youth. In response to the Los Angeles Occasions, in early 2021 visits to the emergency rooms within the U.S. for suspected suicide makes an attempt have been 51% larger for adolescent women and 4% larger for adolescent boys in comparison with early 2019.

As well as, signs of despair and anxiousness doubled throughout the pandemic.

Some declare that the actions taken have been crucial. You might have believed that at the beginning. However now we all know higher.

We all know that statistically COVID poses little or no risk to youngsters. Children beneath 18 make up 0.0008 of the U.S. COVID deaths.

We’re making dangerous insurance policies. At faculties we’re seeing college students suspended for vaping, being beneath the affect, preventing. All proof of the psychological well being disaster.

And it’s time to talk up for our youngsters. To cease filling them with concern.

It’s time to take off the masks. It’s time to say no to all mandates. We should cease failing our college students and one another.

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