Letters to the Editor
Warming’s clearButch Mazzuca’s “Science or passion?” divides people into three camps with regard to global climate change. He leaves out a fourth position taken by all the peer-reviewed scientists who study the topic. They all seem to agree it is happening, that humans contribute to it, and if we don’t do something fast, just the economic consequences will be devastating. As far as species extinction, the one most endangered is human civilization, along with Butch’s precious free market. The problem with operating on “passion” is that it can often seek the comfort of denial. This can include denying that the scientists who practice climate science agree. Their data Is not just about the past 100 years, but goes back as far as the ice caps and the fossil record. This record is hundreds of thousands of years long and includes various ice ages and warmings. It compares temperature and the levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. These carbon dioxide levels are today higher than at any previous warming of the climate preceding the industrial revolution. They continue to rise. Science is not a “belief system.” It is an honest attempt to determine objective truth about the external world. It is an open process subject to challenge and review. Doubt is always a part of the process. Certainty is only the province of closed belief systems. Now the scientists are in enough agreement that we had better take heed and act. The new British “cost-benefit” analysis by former World Bank economist Sir Nicholas Stern is that we face economic collapse of the order of the Great Depression if we don’t. Like any change, it will require major new behavior and new patterns of living. It will require cooperation from all of humankind, including the USA. However, the good news is that we have the technologies of renewable energies that would even create jobs and economic growth if we choose to invest in that instead of war. Perhaps such a change would convince those who “would do us harm” that we also have their best interests in mind and not just our short-term gain and comfort. To move in this direction will take leadership of the power of a Winston Churchill or FDR. That is currently not what we have in the White House or Congress. Instead these folk contribute to clouding the issue, changing scientific reports, and diverting attention to fearful immediacies to keep us distracted. That will only change if the people rise up and demand it. That be you and me and Butch. Lets hope our only attention is not on the quality of powder in the Back Bowls this winter (or the housing valuations), although that might be affected by this larger issue, too. Certainly the brown pine trees already have been. Bob KinseyEdwards Not aboardArn Menconi, stop manipulating the county’s bank account to support your own agenda. The voters of Eagle County said no to child-care services. The money in the county’s bank is taxpayer money, show some respect for the vote.Child care, first and foremost, should start at home. After all, we do not live in a commune. It is not the general population of the county’s obligation to raise someone else’s child. Proper family planning and responsibility for one’s choice to have a family should be inclusive of the child’s health and financial welfare. If someone cannot afford a child, financially or emotionally, and is ill prepared to give full attention to the early years of a child’s life, then they should rethink making such a lifelong commitment. This burden should not be placed on someone else (the taxpayer).This is not to say the general taxpayer should not have an obligation to provide an education to the children of the valley. We owe it to ourselves to provide the best education structure for our children. However, the family unit should be a size relative to the financial capacity the family is able to provide for. If parents exceed the financial well-being of their bank account, stress is put on the county and thus, taxpayers are asked to provide capital to keep the family together and fiscally afloat. This has been a problem not only in our valley, but across the globe. As to Tom Stone using money from “savings” of not having two additional commissioners, I say leave the county bank alone. We have a multitude of other places the money can be spent that have been neglected in the past.May EvansThanks for visitThe students at Eagle Valley High School, would like to thank the veterans for the services they did for our country and for visiting our high school. Krista Boni Eagle Time to forgiveIt saddens me and shames yourself that people like you, Don Rogers, continue to thwart Ted Haggard for his personal sin. Frankly, in no way is his personal sin any of the public’s concern despite the fact that he is a public icon. Giving in to this supermarket tabloid mentality does nothing but show the author’s true colors. Is it jealousy of fame? Or perhaps arrogance of “look at him now!” What saddens me most is that the American culture loves to kick a man when he is down. To do such a heinous act would be like walking up to a recovering alcoholic and spit vodka in their face. Too harsh? Do people ever consider what his wife and family are going through? Or how about his congregation at New Life Church? But then, of course, Christians are just hypocritical people who care nothing other than themselves, right Don? But hey, we’re not all perfect. In fact, to assume that you think all Christians think they are perfect would be hypocrisy in and of itself, because we know we’re not perfect. My, how the wheel turns. By the way, do you know why Christians are so adamant about homosexuality? It’s because that is the only sin that is organized enough to say that it isn’t a sin. It’s not the sin itself, just the rejection of the fact. You don’t see murderers organizing together and march to Capital Hill demanding the right to commit homicide. Although the way this country is getting more horribly secular-progressive with a diminishing moral compass, it’s just a matter of time, I’m afraid. I’m not denying what Ted Haggard did; what he did was wrong and despicable. But accountability goes both ways. He admitted to his wrongdoing, and now it is our job to forgive. You asked what would Jesus do. He would forgive, Don, just like he forgave the rest of us long ago on the cross. Ted’s situation is a perfect example of how much evil is at play in all of our lives and how much we all need the redemptive grace that Jesus Christ provides. Goodness is written on all our hearts. Non-Christians know right from wrong. Christians just take it one step further by trying to rid wrong from their lives. More so, you said that shows of Christianity as an institution for failing because our leader failed. I’m positive that Ted Haggard is not our leader, nor is Pat Robertson, neither is James Dobson or even Jerry Falwell. Even George W. Bush isn’t our leader. Jesus is, and I don’t see any dirt on him. Think about what hypocrisy means, take a good look at your own life and stop judging what your neighbor does. That’s God’s job. We’re just called to “love the lord your God and love your neighbor as yourselves.” Daniel SeatvetEditor’s note: The column Monday was not an attack on a faith, but hypocrisy among people – the secular left as well as the judgmental religious right. It’s interesting that the letter writer and the columnist agree in print about the presumed reaction of Jesus.Vail Daily, Vail Colorado CO
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