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Dear Editor,I recently paid a visit to our local U.S. Forest Service office here in Silverthorne, and inquired as to the reason for all the dead trees in Summit County. I was told that the pine beetle was responsible, an explanation for which I readily agreed.As for the “cause,” I was told that it was a natural “cyclical” event, an explanation for which I readily contested. The dead trees in Summit County, folks, are a direct result of global warming, it is not a natural “cyclical” event by a longshot.In fact, the spruce beetle has killed an estimated 30 million trees in Alaska these past seven years, an equivalent of two billion board-feet of lumber. The extreme northern portions of our planet are reaping the most extreme consequences of global warming. Every degree increase at the equator translates into a 10- to 12-degree increase at the poles. The damage is most severe up North, as whole tracts of forest land are dead and dying due to global climate change. Again, this is not a natural “cyclical” event, as many right-wing corporate oil and gas propagandists would have us believe.It’s time the truth be told to the American people as to the planetary emergency we now collectively as a civilization find ourselves in today. Global warming is the No. 1 international security threat to mankind and the planet – everything else pales in comparison, especially the hyped-up phony so-called “war on terror.” Unless this country, its people, and its government agencies wake up to this fact soon, it will be too late to arrest this crisis before it causes permanent damage to our fragile ecosystems, on which we all depend for our survival.Steve Jones, global environmentalistSilverthorne

Dear Editor,Yesterday we received our banquet invitations for our National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum in Leadville for the weekend of Sept. 22.Perhaps you have some readers who would like to attend our delightful weekend at a cost of $100/person.If so, they should write or call Lynn Webster, telephone 719-486-1229 or postal P.O. Box 981, Leadville, CO 80461. This should be addressed to The National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum, a federally-chartered nonprofit corporation.Richard T. MoolickGlenwood Springs

Dear Editor,Let us reinvent our nation. In order to do this we need to know: How much land do we have? How much water do we have? Is our air and water pure? What is our population? Should we identify places in our country where it is unsafe for persons to live, do some land trades and build self-contained communities linked by high-tech transportation, and use the vacated land to grow food?Eloise IlgenCarbondale


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