Traverse City Record-Eagle

Opinion

July 9, 2013

Letters to the Editor: 07/09/2013

Won’t do that again

My family and I attended the Cherry Festival fireworks; we will never make that mistake again. I have never seen it so bad. I felt as though we walked into a party at a college frat house. I don’t mind people drinking. I don’t mind the colorful language as much. I do mind there are broken bottles, tables and all sorts of debris everywhere on the beach, not to mention firecrackers. I understand it is Fourth of July, however they were fired all over, into the crowds, thrown in the water where kids were playing and one gentleman even tried to set up his rockets about three feet from my 1-year-old. I understand the party atmosphere of the holiday and am not in any way a prude, however I am respectful.

In a town where parking tickets are issued for five minutes over the meter, open intoxicants, drunken boat driving, recklessness with fireworks and general idiocy is not patrolled at all. I guess as a taxpayer I shouldn’t expect to be able to bring my family to an event and not be in danger or have to wind our way through a garbage heap.

Dustin Gillispie

Williamsburg

Breathtaking gullibility

Re: “Look it up” letter to the editor by Leon Martuch of June 27, 2013.

The letter is a fine celebration of ignorance that demonstrates not only a lack of scientific expertise but a breathtaking gullibility to believe one’s own biases.

Firstly, science is what science does, and while modeling for prediction is one of the tools, that in itself is no reason to expect that such models are driven by a profit motive. It’s an ad-hominem attack at best and a lie at worst.

Then, the claim that there is no (anthropocentric) global warming since 1968 (sic should be 1998) when there was a strong El-Niño signal is simply wrong because the information is not in context. There is no dispute that Earth’s total heat content anomaly is increasing. That is fact.

One wonders at the failure of our science education when one reads tripe like that letter. Perhaps our schools need an inoculation project to promote reality and skill at understanding scientific data analysis.

Gerald Wilgus

Frankfort

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