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Dear Editor,

In Monday’s Post Independent, a Silt gentleman wrote about global warming. Here are the responses I can fit into 250 words.

“Of all the carbon dioxide released, 94 to 96 percent comes from nature.”



This is commonly known. But to state it without any accompanying information is an intentional red herring. Earth’s biosphere operates in cycles ” a carbon cycle, a hydrologic cycle, a nitrogen cycle and others.

When the carbon cycle is operating in balance, natural systems ” forests and oceans ” absorb the same amount of carbon dioxide that’s released. But the cycle’s out of whack.



Human contribution of only a few percent annually, from burning fossil fuels and cement production, has increased the atmospheric concentration of CO2 from about 288 parts per million in 1850 to 367 ppm in 1998. About 22 percent of current atmospheric CO2 burden is due to these human activities.

“About 12,000 years ago, oceans rose over 300 feet.”

No climate scientist has said that, over hundreds of centuries, natural cycles of extreme warming and cooling haven’t occurred. Best not hurry the process.

“The 1-degree rise in the 20th century occurred entirely in the first half.”

False. EPA’s Web site says, “According to the National Academy of Sciences, the Earth’s surface temperature has risen by about 1 degree Fahrenheit in the past century, with accelerated warming during the past two decades.”

“Satellites measure a small decrease?”

Controversies rage on the Internet about the veracity of satellite temperature data, but it appears they didn’t account for gradual decrease in orbit altitude.

Jeremy Heiman

Glenwood Springs

Dear Editor,

We have broken ground for the Glenwood Springs’ Aquatic Center! What a wonderful addition this will be at the Community Center and a great asset for our citizens. I would like to thank the families and businesses who have made pledges and contributions over the past two and a half years to the LAP ” Let’s All Pledge for an Aquatic Center campaign.

Last month, the Glenwood Springs Post Independent graciously ran ads listing all pledgers and donors. Of course, we want to recognize those that have stepped forward to offer pledges.

However, future recognition ads will include only the names of those who have actually turned their pledges into cash. We are hopeful everyone’s original commitment to the campaign remains strong and your cash donation is forthcoming. We encourage all to make a meaningful contribution to this project.

Pledges should be paid in a lump sum at this time, or over a period of up to four years. Payment on pledges is made to Two Rivers Community Fund, Inc. and can be mailed to LAP, P.O. Box 1851, Glenwood Springs, CO 81602. Donors will receive a tax benefit under the Two Rivers Community Foundation’s 501(c)(3) in the year that payment on the pledge is paid.

This campaign is a collective, grassroots effort to strengthen the community in which we live, work and play. Please help make it a success. We will continue to take donations through construction of the Aquatic Center and we look forward to a November 2004 grand opening. Thanks for your support.

Sincerely,

Terri Miller, chairperson

Let’s All Pledge Campaign

Glenwood Springs

Dear Editor,

Why is it that these self-proclaimed saviors of our planet, the righteous left, are the most negative of all of us? They hate, they despise, they resent, they regret, they hold people in great disdain, they disbelieve, they have no faith, they have remorse, they distrust, they ridicule and they doubt and hold in contempt others who differ in their opinions.

Why are they always the weak ones who need to be in groups or organizations of like-minded people? Why are they always the ones who want to destroy or dismantle? Why is anarchy always the final solution? Why are they generally the ones who have never sacrificed for their country? Why are they always the ones who only want to see the negative side of political situations? Why is it that these people derive an opinion based only on what they hear and read from like-minded politically alienated media? They always take the easy way out, they always associate with self-proclaimed intellectuals.

These people are usually frustrated with their own lives in one form or another and need the security of people who will share their own form of self-loathing.

As for this American, I have spent my entire life avoiding people like this. It’s worked very well for me; I have forewarned my children of these types of people and they will live a much more full and joyful life.

Russ Coletti

Glenwood Springs

Dear Editor,

Kudos to the Post Independent for a greatly improved “Letters to the Editor” section. There’s no doubt in my mind that this is due, in no small part, to the new policies for this section as outlined by Heather McGregor in the Jan. 23/24 issue. All this, of course, followed on the heels of Hal Sundin’s Jan. 22 column.

As a winter resident of this area for the past 15 years, one of the things that attracted me to this community has been the free discourse of ideas and, yes, opinions expressed in the paper.

What I have noticed, to my dismay, in the recent past, has been the increasing vitriolic rhetoric, name-calling and labeling that is little different than bullies in the school yard, the net effect being (in my opinion) to shut off debate and demean and debase others’ views and discourage a free exchange. This morning’s column was a fresh breath of air.

I would urge all who have not read the Jan. 26 issue of “Letters to the Editor” to note the verbal quality of the writers, the range of views and the calmness of the presentations.

Cheers to the “new” policies.

Gary Hershoren

Glenwood Springs


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