Letters: Climate disorder | Mental health calls

Letters: Climate disorder |  Mental health calls

CAHOOTS is designed to have mental health professionalsde-escalate a situation alongside an EMT who are there to provide first aid support for those who need it. This past year has shed light on how law enforcement untrained in mental health has caused misfortune and maltreatment of people, specifically people of color. There need to be more programs like CAHOOTS, which has trained mental health professionals who show up to crisis situations before law enforcement is called to the scene. In 2018 one study estimated that about 20% to 50% fatal encounters with law enforcement involved people with mental health issues. In Eugene, Ore., however, out of 24,000 calls that CAHOOTS responded to, they only needed law enforcement about 150 times.

Ed KahlWoodside Meanwhile, solutions like Bloom Energy’s emission-less process of generating electricity from natural gas were ruled against by the City of Santa Clara. Inexplicably there’s almost no mention of the hydrogen/solar cycle that can inexpensively solve the nighttime electrical storage problem. It’s almost as if some prefer the issue to a solution.

New methods neededfor mental health calls California climate solutions are in a conflicted disarray. We’re told that wind would replace solar at night but as meteorology records show the wind doesn’t always blow at night. So we’ll still need natural gas generation at night. But Democrats want to shut down fracking in California, which would shift our natural gas generation needs to other states for a net-zero impact on emissions. The capper is the elimination of natural gas, which is the only backup source of energy and heat for homes in a blackout.

Reader Jeff Berger is exactly right: Capital gains taxes are keeping seniors from selling their houses and downsizing (“Capital gains tax hike threatens equity,” Page A12, May 2). He’s also right that tax laws don’t recognize that inflation has eaten away at the supposed “gains”–and that’s not limited to houses. If I bought a stock 10 years ago for $1,000 and sell it today for $2,000, I’m taxed on the $1,000 “gain,” even though the actual increase in value is considerably less due to inflation. So, first, all capital gains taxes should be indexed for inflation. Second, if I sell a stock, I can keep the cash, but if I sell a house, I still need someplace to live, and if the “gain,” and thus the tax, is high enough, I may not be able to afford even a smaller house, so I stay put. There needs to be some recognition that selling a house needs to be treated differently. New approach neededfor capital gains tax

Gabriela LopezSan Jose This program is something that needs to be implemented in each county in the state to be able to provide the support needed.

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