Traverse City Record-Eagle
---- — Evidence is clear
In a recent letter John Alford suggested that the current changes in climate are nothing new. “These changes have been going on since the beginning of time and will continue in the same way,” he said. On the same day NPR reported a finding, published in the journal Science (March 8) that the temperature increases of the last century roughly match the decline of the preceding 5,000 years.
This finding is interesting, but certainly not surprising – the evidence concerning global warming has been quite clear for decades. Three basic facts are undeniable: (1) carbon dioxide is a greenhouse gas – that is, it traps heat; (2) the more CO2 in the atmosphere, the more heat is trapped; (3) humans are increasing the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere.
I hope Mr. Alford and other global warming deniers have made clear to their children and grandchildren their thoughts on the subject, so that their descendants know how to remember them when they are dealing with the consequences of our inaction.
Lock them in
With the new Pope having been chosen in less than a day and a half, why can’t the United States Congress agree on a budget in the past several years? A simple way to get Congress to work together would be to lock them all in a large room until they pass something. No TVs, phones, computers, and no outside communication until the budget is passed. Food would be adequate to maintain health but with no frills. Baloney sandwiches and water comes to mind. No booze or cigarettes or other vices permitted.
The Cardinals of the Catholic Church had the misfortune of choosing a new Pope during Lent, which kept their food simpler than at other times of the year. If it was good enough for them, our Congress people can do the same.
There would be only two bathrooms, one for the men and one for the women. The cots could have decent pads on them.
They stay in that room until they agree and pass something that is in the best interests of the American people. They will compromise if the lobbyists can’t get to them and they are hungry.
End the bloodletting
The financial crisis is a hoax perpetrated by Wall Street billionaires, many receiving huge subsidies but paying zero taxes.
In three years the deficit has fallen the fastest since the end of World War II (Office of Management and Budget). Social Security has a $2.7 trillion surplus (www.ssa.gov), funded by employers and employees, not taxpayers. Remove the FICA cap so everyone pays on all earnings not just the first $113,700 (www.ssa.gov). Medicare saves billions by efficiently providing preventive services. Let Medicare negotiate drug prices like the Veteran’s Administration.
Republicans’ austerity agenda is hurting working people. Wages have stagnated for 30 years. The stock market is somersaulting, one record over another. The sequester is forcing thousands to part-time work without benefits. Public employees are losing their jobs.
We are losing our democracy. We have to get money out of politics. Citizens United gave corporations unlimited funding of perpetual campaigns. There are 127 CEOs pushing for a “grand bargain” austerity budget. Citizens United 2 is McCutcheon vs. FEC, coming to the Supreme Court.
Call every legislator (www.senate.gov, www.house.gov, www.housemichigan.gov, www.senatemichigan.gov). Stop the bloodletting. Get angry.
Beverly “BJ” Christensen