Letters to the Editor: America Competes Act threatens reptile fans; Time to cease failing our college students | Letters to the Editor


America Competes Act threatens reptile fans

My identify 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 traces.

This Act would stop future reptile fans from having the ability to have entry to species of reptiles that aren’t injurious in any technique to the pure setting of all 50 states.

For instance, reptiles similar to bearded dragons, uromastyx lizards and different generally stored pets like leopard geckos couldn’t presumably 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 period within the wild in any a part of the USA 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 smash the reptile-keeping interest for thousands and thousands of Individuals and future Individuals by passing this Act, as there isn’t a threat to wild populations and these animals are being stored as pets and are usually not in any approach a menace 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.

Josh Bartlett


Time to cease failing our college students

I educate 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 had been violating Title VI. I’m unhappy to say that I didn’t do extra. Now that colleges are re-incorporating CTE, somebody spoke up. And beginning subsequent 12 months, all of our college students can have electives.

Our biggest failing is our response to COVID.

The Surgeon Basic has issued a warning in regards to the psychological well being disaster amongst youth. In accordance with the Los Angeles Occasions, in early 2021 visits to the emergency rooms within the U.S. for suspected suicide makes an attempt had 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 through the pandemic.

Some declare that the actions taken had been needed. You might have believed that initially. However now we all know higher.

We all know that statistically COVID poses little or no menace to kids. Youngsters beneath 18 make up 0.0008 of the U.S. COVID deaths.

We’re making dangerous insurance policies. At colleges 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 children. To cease filling them with worry.

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.

Kerry Millhorn



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