Tuesday’s Courier (Feb. 11) had an interesting article about animal artists at the Akron Zoo. There were penguins, opossums, etc. participating (some not so eagerly) in painting. As I read the article, I was immediately horrified to learn that not only do the animals walk in the paint, but some eat it. Not to worry, though, as my fears were anticipated, and the article stated that only non-toxic paint, safe for the animals, was used. Which begs the question “” who interviewed the animals afterward to ascertain that they were not harmed by eating the paint?

Next I read that the paintings created by the budding artists were considered abstract art. I was glad to hear this because for years, I had viewed what was considered abstract art with a jaundiced eye. To my untrained eye, it looked like a walrus wallowing on a canvas splattered with buckets of various colored paint. I have a new appreciation of abstract art now because I understand that it is created with no more forethought and effort than an animal walking across pigment and onto a canvas.

Years ago a possum, as we say down in the holler, got into my garage and deposited something on one of my chairs. I wonder if I could sell that as abstract art. Just saying.

Chuck Gerringer



As I have mentioned in a previous letter to the editor (Feb. 4), there are 1.6 million premature deaths each year in China from their concentrated air pollution as identified on this world air quality map:

Now superimpose this map from the New York Times over China’s concentrated polluted areas:

The coronavirus is spreading exponentially in these areas. With the Chinese people’s immune systems compromised from their air quality, or lack thereof, the Chinese government has no way to stay ahead of this pandemic.

Because China has shut down its industry, air pollution levels have actually decreased over the past few weeks, but as a Reuters’ article has stated, “The damage has already been done.”

India has the same air quality (if not worse) as the Chinese, but as of this writing, India has not seen the cross-border infections. God help the world if it does, as India also does not have the medical infrastructure to stay ahead of it.

India and China signed the Paris Climate Accords (Wikipedia). India said it needed $2.5 trillion over 10 years just to meet its minimal goals, and China’s goals were to be met by the year 2030.

Craig Nichols