Printed Letters: Sept. 16, 2016
Natural smoke cancels out efforts to reduce gases
I read with interest The Sentinel’s coverage of the Lost Solar forest fire on Page A2 of the Sept. 15 issue.
The fire apparently was caused by lightning and began burning on Aug. 8 — some five weeks ago. The strategy for dealing with it is to let it continue burning, so long as it does not threaten any man-made structures.
In your coverage, considerable emphasis is placed on the ecological benefit resulting from letting the fire burn. In fact, fire spokesperson Lynn Lockwood is quoted as pointing out that, “it’s reassuring to us to have the public understand that this is part of the natural ecosystem, and it’s a great benefit in the long run.”
Of course, there are many such fires that burn in this country each fire season, most of them larger than this one. Not to mention the volcanoes here and there around the world that belch thick smoke and even poisonous gases until they decide to quit doing so. And other natural sources of contaminants and particulate that find a way into the air.
This all being the case, I have to ask why we are fed so much nonsense (I’d prefer to use a stronger word) concerning coal-fired power plants and automobiles, and the climate change they are said to be responsible for?
Isn’t it fair to say that the natural sources of smoke, carbon dioxide, other gases, and particulate completely cancel out our feeble, regulation-driven efforts to cut back? And that this natural phenomenon will continue always?
So much for man’s contribution to ‘climate change.’
Powell’s comments get ‘false equivalency’ in the media
The headline for the Sentinel article “Ex-Bush official’s leaked emails blast Trump and Clinton alike” is demonstrably untrue. The attempt to equate his comments about Clinton and Trump is a textbook example of a troubling media trend toward false equivalency. Whereas in his recently released emails Powell stated that “…Trump is a national disgrace and an international pariah,” he expressed what can only be described as irritation and anger at Clinton. His most damning statements about Clinton rarely go beyond what could be described as personal peeves, describing her as “ambitious, greedy and not transformational.” This is a long way from insisting in his emails that Trump should not be elected president and that the birther argument that Trump has promoted was “…racist.”
Even though Powell has stated that while he respected Clinton he would find it difficult to vote for her, he did not rule it out. His emails reveal a completely different view of Trump and the danger he would present as president.
Tolerance for Kaepernick’s protest a sign of the times
I recently was deeply offended when Colin Kaepernick, quarterback for the 49ers, refused to stand during our national anthem. He claims that he as a minority has been “oppressed” by America. Just for the record Colin, minorities are provided with more opportunities in America than any other nation on Earth! How would your disrespect be treated in Iran, China or Russia? Would Iran provide you with a $16 million-a-year salary to play a game? By the way, you make around 267 times more than I do each week, not counting endorsements. ( I could use a little of that “oppression.”)
Tim Tebow kneels in prayer before the game and the press crucified him for that act as being “offensive.” Christian bakery owners in Colorado and Oregon refuse to provide a cake for a homosexual wedding, because it violated their conscience, beliefs and convictions. They were persecuted, sued and each lost their businesses and the press didn’t utter a peep. Yet they flock to support Colin and the others without regard for the “feelings” of patriots all across America.
Our elected officials worship at the shrine of “political correctness” while the press serves as priests. I, for one, am sick of it! What is worse is their determination to force participation in their liberal agenda whether we like it or not!
People have always had the right to believe whatever they like, but that is not enough. Now we all have to agree with them.
Patriotism is a virtue, or at least should be. My father served in the military as did my brothers and I. I am proud to be an American. I am proud to have served my country as a Marine. I am proud of our American heritage!
I say, enough is enough!
We need NFL players who will set a positive example
NFL players who refuse to show respect for our national anthem need to pack their bags and go home. They don’t deserve to be here with their hands out to take our money! We need players who will set a positive example for our youth and citizens.