Printed Letters: September 20, 2017
Letter on climate change was narrow-minded
I’m surprised by Kenneth Wirtz’s narrow-minded view of global warming/climate change in the Sept. 15 paper. He states, “You don’t have to be a climate denier to question the conclusions of so many.”
I question those few who’ve received compensation and manipulated facts to create “fake news” and appease those who profit at our (human and Earth) expense. Ninety-seven percent of reputable scientists all agree there are changes going on. Not that we’ve necessarily caused it, but we’re influencing it.
It’s odd he suggests there’s “so little actual causative data.” Not paying attention to oil companies he supports? They made it known in the ‘70s that their oil harvesting and processing, and our consumption at those rates, would cause an impact to our atmosphere, and it has.
He only goes back 131 years to 1886. Steam power was developed in the early 19th century. Facts from the Weather Channel — 16 of the last 17 years have been the hottest and our storms aren’t just major storms, but are record setters. There are also Antarctic ice cores that show years of pollution progressing through our industrial age. Too young to remember the steel cities, factories, and coal-fired power plant pollution turning white snow to black? Remember how critical pollution became in cities like Denver, Los Angeles, and even the Grand Valley? Smog? Air pollution from drilling rigs and toxic methane releases in California?
With so many Superfund problems, do we try to fool ourselves any longer? RoundUp pesticide has finally been shown to be a carcinogen. We’re not just damaging our Earth; we’re damaging each other. Many of the nuclear power plants we’re told are totally safe, have been leaking radiation for years.
Pinpointing a smoking gun cause for atmospheric changes is as pointless as dreaming President Trump always tells the truth.
Public needs to know how tax increases will be spent
After reading the Sunday Sentinel I feel compelled to comment on the upcoming tax initiatives for the public safety tax increase and the 3A/3B tax increase for the District 51 school system. I have read all of the impassioned pros and cons that the Sentinel has published. One thing that has been missing from those entities that desire more money, is what I will be getting for my money. No one has produced any performance metrics for the additional monies. Before I vote for any increase I would like to have the following information:
From the sheriff: What are the numbers of incident reports in each of your patrol districts. These need to be itemized by day of the week, time of occurrence, nature of complaint and number of officers assigned to those districts by time and day. How you would use the additional money to reduce these incidents. What benchmark or metric you would use to assign or reassign patrol officers? What results should the public expect from the additional monies requested and what is your plan if those results are not met? How often would you communicate this data to the public?
What I am looking for is a plan for the additional monies. A simple statement of “I need to get back where we were; I need more officers or more equipment” will not suffice.
Tell me how my money will be spent and what results I can expect.
From the District 51 school board: Same as the sheriff. What is your plan and how will I know if it is working and what if it does not work? Will you give me my money back?
I have no doubt that there are improvements needed in public safety and education. My doubt is your collective ability to deliver those improvements. These needs did not just appear they have been ongoing. The school buildings did not just fall into disrepair nor did the crime statics suddenly spike. What have you folks been doing? Maybe the best solution is to start with a fresh school board and new sheriff.
Vote for school funding and a brighter future for children
The proposed School District 51 funding increase is strongly needed if our children are to be educated to live and compete in the 21st century they live in.
• We have fewer days of school than other districts in the state and the nation.
• Many of our school building are out of date and in disrepair.
• Our teachers are paid less than competing districts in the state.
I have always believed that the American way is to provide a better future for our children than we have currently. I also know that education is the pathway to future success in life. If we deny our children that opportunity, we make them less competitive and less prepared for the future they will inherit. There will be no American dream for them.
Is that what we want? I think not. I encourage you to vote for school funding and for a brighter future for our children.