IS MORE YET TO COME?
In a few cases, I agree with Judith Donaldson’s letter (Oct. 1). Donaldson wrote: “In general, private citizens are expected to retire from our jobs at 65 or 70 years of age. Yet people older than that are running our country!”
Judith, we can start by retiring Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell (age 77), Attorney General Barr (age 69) and Donald Trump (age 73). Nancy Pelosi and the House of Representatives are working on Trump and his mob’s mandatory retirements before the 2020 election.
Trump is putting his personal and family interests above our national interests. His actions are disloyal to America, unpatriotic, and potentially illegal. Now is the time to stand with Pelosi, and even if it is distasteful, do what constitutionally must be done.
Impeachment is on the table because it is an imperative to confront Trump’s fascism and immoral and illegal activities. The good news is impeachment polls are shifting rapidly in Pelosi’s favor (55 percent) and the House committees haven’t even served the appetizers, soup and salad yet.
MAGA signs, hats and shirts are fewer these days. Intelligent, cultured people don’t go around boasting that they think this president is the greatest anymore. Just like Nixon, Trump and his band of crooks will continue outing themselves.
As Republicans are trying to process the increase in Trump’s conspiracy theories and lies because of the complaint of a single whistleblower, remember that there’s another whistleblower we will hear from soon. This whistleblower has information about Trump’s taxes. Stay tuned, more is yet to come.
STORY WAS HEART-WRENCHING
The article regarding Heidi Miller’s son, Joseph, is heart-wrenching (Page A6, Oct. 2).
My daughter has a developmental disability due to a coma at the age of 4. As a result, she was unable to make friends in the Findlay City Schools system. Instead, she suffered rejection and ridicule by her peers. Evidently that happens in the county schools as well.
Over 40 years later, it’s disheartening to know things haven’t changed.
Kudos to Joseph, who has overcome more hardship in his life than his peers will probably ever deal with in their own. I wonder how they would like to “walk a mile in his shoes.” He deserves all the support he can get from the community and from the school system.
My heart goes out to Heidi. I know, firsthand, how heartbreaking it is to see your child not being accepted by peers or included in group activities. In a society that is all about embracing diversity, this behavior needs to change.
I hope Joseph has a very happy birthday. I wish him a bright future, where people appreciate and celebrate his unique and important contribution to our community.
LIBRARY IS THE HEART OF FOREST
I went to the Forest Library Sept. 23. I met with a small group that was planning a meeting. When we finished our planning, I joined the Forest High School alumni group who were having coffee in the kitchen.
After that group disbanded for the day, I went to the main library to return the books I had finished reading. On my way, I passed the Patterson Village Council having their meeting.
If it had been Tuesday, Story time Station might have been in session. Or, I might have passed the book club in discussion if I had gone on Wednesday.
Other days it might have been craft time, or movie time. A 4-H group meets there, too. So does the C.I.C. and a Bible study group.
The computers are there for people who do not have the internet at home. And one can get help with electronics on Tuesdays. After hours, you may see a car parked outside using the library’s wi-fi. Oh, yes, you can also get books and magazines and DVDs at the library. It is the heart of our community. Support our library.
CEO’S POINTS WERE INSUFFICIENT
Jim Flechtner (letter, Sept. 30) passed along typically questionable “green” smearing of the Institute for Energy Research, though the op-ed by its CEO, Robert Bradley Jr. (Viewpoint, Sept. 26) was disappointing.
It focused on the U.S. surge in natural gas production due to the fracking revolution, and that substitution of natural gas for much coal in electricity generation has slashed U.S. CO2 emissions while they continue climbing in the rest of the world. That is obvious and easily verified.
Bradley’s points about the high cost and futility of wind and solar are also obviously correct, but insufficient. Wind and solar are unreliable, requiring lots more fossil fuel backup to cut in the split-second the wind blows too softly or strongly or clouds block the sun. They are also low power, requiring lots of land and wiring to generate and deliver the same electricity as a compact fossil fuel electric plant.
Bradley unfairly maligned coal, writing “when burned, coal releases lots of carbon dioxide, as well as harmful pollutants, into the air.” Coal electric plants have had to install scrubbers and emission controls for decades, so their air pollution emissions are quite clean.
The focus on CO2 is due to climate models that project lots of warming with further increases in atmospheric CO2. While Emil Nagel (letter, Oct. 1) was correct about CO2 being good for plants (it is, in essence, plant food), and huge natural climate variations, he missed the percentage of CO2 in the air by a bit, writing that it is about three. That is up from 0.03 percent in the late 1800s, making the concern that this is causing any crisis look pretty silly.
The climate models on average forecast roughly twice as much warming as actually occurred from 1990 to now. The actual warming trend, doubtless part natural, has been 0.13 degrees Celsius or about 0.2 degrees Fahrenheit per decade. You would not feel that difference sitting in a room from minute to minute.
And lurid warnings of increasing severe weather have not come to pass, with no trends reported in world floods, droughts, hurricanes, etc., over recent decades.
RESEARCH BEFORE YOU WRITE
In response to Larry Hoover’s comment (letter, Sept. 30): “If this is big government math, is it any wonder why our government runs trillion-dollar deficits?” Hoover also wrote that if the $3.7 billion cost (of the latest government shutdown) is the same as if the furloughed workers had worked, how can the back pay be considered an additional cost to taxpayers?
Hoover could’ve easily found answers to his questions in less time than what it took for him to write to the newspaper. It appears many letter writers would rather “pop off” than do research first.
The Courier has a lot of the responsibility here. I believe the editor has to stop publishing letters that have no basis in fact or reality. It’s really exhausting. I suggest the newspaper just fill the space with something else.
Now, on to Mr. Hoover’s answer. The largest direct cost of these government shutdowns is lost productivity. In simple, easy to understand terms: Our wasted tax dollars paid for work NOT performed by furloughed federal employees for absolutely nothing in return. Then, when they do come back to work, we pay them again to do what they were paid not to do. Just mind-boggling.
If you have the slightest bit of ambition, research the names of members in the government that created these past shutdowns in the first place. If you don’t believe published, verified, actual facts by experts, you deserve what you get — and have no reason to complain.