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Dear Editor,

A letter stated that global warming was due to nature, and contrary opinions were “worthless.” Please note:

Most carbon dioxide comes from nature as about 60 billion tons of carbon a year is exchanged between the atmosphere (creating carbon dioxide) and the biosphere. Human carbon emissions add about 7 billion tons.



However, the 2,500 scientists on the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and numerous others conclude that a definite relationship exists between human-generated greenhouse gas emissions, including carbon dioxide, and higher global temperatures.

If these emissions are not reduced, IPCC estimates that the temperature will rise 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit by 2100, the most rapid increase in 10,000 years.



In 2001 the IPCC stated: “There is new and stronger evidence that most of the warming observed over the last 50 years is attributable to human activities.”

The outcome of global warming is debatable, but shouldn’t we err on the side of caution? During the unproven 2000 computer scare, people bought supplies and prepared for the worst. If global warming is coming and could have dire effects on future generations, shouldn’t we prepare and try to prevent it just in case?

David Petechuk

Rifle

Dear Editor,

Mr. Hartop’s letter of Jan. 26 presenting global warming as a natural phenomenon contains many inaccuracies. “The 20th century’s 10 warmest years all occurred in the last 15 years of the century. Of these, 1998 was the warmest year on record.” Source: http://yosemite.epa.gov/oar/globalwarming.nsf/content/climate.

Mr. Hartop presents as fact that temperature change was over by about 1940, and global temperatures have decreased over the last 13 years. These “facts” are clearly not accepted by other scientific communities.

While ice core samples and other data do suggest the Earth experiences a cyclic variation in temperature and greenhouse gas concentrations, to suggest the current rise is the result of only natural activities is absurd.

EPA quote: “Since the beginning of the industrial revolution, atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide have increased nearly 30 percent, methane concentrations have more than doubled, and nitrous oxide concentrations have risen by about 15 percent.”

These figures are far outside the normal cyclic activity of the past. Humans are hardly the “bit player” Mr. Hartop suggests.

Global warming is a problem. Even the EPA admits it. While there are spirited discussions about the extent and effect of global warming, there is little disagreement on the contribution of human activities to the problem.

Interested parties may want to view former Vice President Al Gore’s Jan. 15 speech on global warming.

The web cast can be found at: http://www.moveon.org/gore3/webcast.html.

Jerry Fields

Rifle

Dear Editor,

This letter is in regards to the woman who wrote from Planned Parenthood.

Advocate for our daughters? Shouldn’t we be teaching our daughters to protect their purity and their bodies?

This world is teaching them they can have sex with anyone and there will be no consequences. You can have an abortion and everything is taken care of!

Women do have the right not to have a child. They don’t have the right to create one and decide they don’t want it 20 weeks later.

We need to be teaching our children abstinence and responsibility! I believe every child is a gift from God the minute they are conceived, and we as a society have resolved that they are worthless.

We all need to protect our daughters with prayer and wisdom, not more money for abortion and “safe sex.”

Christine Young

Glenwood Springs

Dear Editor,

When I attended public school in the 1950s and ’60s, I was expected to recite the Pledge of Allegiance every morning. (In 1952, Congress inserted “under God” in keeping with the spirit of McCarthyism.) After graduation from high school, I was also expected to serve my country in the military, or perhaps in the Peace Corps or VISTA.

Now that we no longer encourage, or even expect, our young people to take the Oath of Military Service to our country, it is more than a little hypocritical for us to insist on their reciting the Pledge of Allegiance in the classroom.

Jay Haygood

Parachute

Dear Editor,

Town of New Castle, what have you done! After attending the public hearing concerning the termination of Mr. Wilks and listening to the evidence against him, your case is, at best, weak. If he is not reinstated, and subsequently sues for wrongful dismissal, who will pay the compensation should he win? Not those who dismissed him (they do not live in the town), but the residents of New Castle.

Per statements made at the hearing, New Castle police officers are expected to understand and interpret the letter of the law, of all relevant ordinances, and reference them in a book in the police department, before taking action. The Town Council needs the town attorney to interpret the law for them. Are the police officers afforded that luxury?

What about state and federal statutes? Are they to reference a book before proceeding or assisting other jurisdictions? Are the police officers expected to interpret the law on this level as well? Further, the New Castle officers are expected to perform all their duties without formal training or operating procedures in place.

All departments of the town need to have standard operating procedures in place, so residents can have confidence in those that manage the town on their behalf. Gone are days when one individual could run the town. Management procedures need to keep pace with growth of the town.

Current council members and council candidates, be warned ” there is much to be done!

Gary Atkinson

New Castle


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