Electric vehicle 'solution' makes things worse
Kudos to Dave Cooper for his letter published Jan. 16 regarding electric vehicles. His letter is the one I've wanted to write for months.
In addition to his verifiable findings, it might also be wise to note that AAA testing reports an electric vehicle's battery range falls as much as 40% in cold climates like ours. The electric vehicle folks don't like to talk about that. Ford has stated that the bulk of the 100,000-plus early orders for the F150 Lightning (pictured) were received from just three states: California, Texas and Florida (all warm-weather states).
Cooper states that electric vehicle batteries weigh about 1,000 pounds. The Ford F150 Lightning's base battery weighs 1,800 pounds, perForbes.com. That's equal to half the entire weight of a 2019 Chevrolet Impala. It is hoped a battery will last for 100,000 miles.
Good luck, Earth.
GOP gun proposals reflect unsafe stance
For the second year in a row, a lawmaker from Indiana's Grand Old Party has submitted a gun-licensing plan that is decidedly not grand.
Rep. Ben Smaltz of Auburn has resubmitted House Bill 1077; it has passed out of committee along party lines to move to the House floor. This bill passed the House once before, but was shut down last year in the Senate's Judiciary Committee.
Sadly, this year passage looks more doable because the head of last year's Senate Judiciary Committee has retained that position and she – Sen. Liz Brown of Fort Wayne – has crafted her own not-so-grand-gun-licensing plan.
It seems Indiana's Republican Party – as represented by these two members – cannot race fast enough into proudly joining that group of 21 other states that now have in place a permitless-carry law on the books.
I grow weary.
Weary of Indiana Republican lawmakers authoring bills to loosen gun regulations while their party's members inevitably, overwhelmingly, pass them into law. Laws that are not needed and unnecessarily put Hoosier citizens of all stripes and all ages in harm's way.
What must it be like, for example, for a law enforcement official to go to work each day knowing there are literally more guns in this country than there are people and now the state legislature – led by the Grand Old Party – is moving to do away with a most basic requirement: securing a license for firearm use?
It's madness and it should stop.
How many more lives will be lost before Americans are incensed enough – or embarrassed enough – to rise up in great numbers to elect public officials who will finally reach across the aisle to pass worthwhile firearm legislation that respects life, safety and our constitutional freedoms? It's not rocket science.
In the meantime, Republicans need to deep-six their decidedly not grand gun-licensing plans, now and forever.
Much still unrevealed
The #Jansurrection committee's findings will eventually make Watergate look like a third grade field trip.