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Letters to the Editor

Ignoring the facts and name-calling

To the Editor:

Climate change deniers bury their heads in the sand and refuse to believe their own eyes.

They can go to Glacier National Park and look at all the bare ground that was recently covered by glaciers. They can do the same in Northern European countries that carefully map the retreat of glaciers.

But that would be more trouble than listening to Rep. Lamar Smith, a known climate denier, recently debunking NOAA’s scientific facts with arguments that the thermometers were placed wrongly.

By the way, Lamar is head of the House Science Committee and is heavily financed by (you guessed it) big oil and gas. NOAA also came out with the fact that the corrected data fell within the range of all the models they have been working with.

There are going to be changes in industries that make products that are going to reduce the human contribution to global warming. There will be winners and losers. But that is not socialism. That’s a free market capitalism growing and evolving.

Lemke added misleading statements about the American Physical Society. They agree with global warming. They want further research enabling ways of recording and informing society of possible changes. And lastly, they reiterate the 2007 statements (see:

Lastly Rossiter’s work has been proven factually inaccurate: Observed warming has consistently fallen within the range of climate model simulations over time.

Patrick Moore is very well-defined by Greenpeace in an article at They explain in detail what this paid mis-informer has been doing.

You can trace many of the climate change deniers to big gas and oil. Some cases it has been chemical industries like the infamous Koch brothers whose PACs are living on. But you know, if you can’t find facts and figures, you attack your opponents with names. Socialist!

Steve Ramsdell


Legalizing Loco Weed

To the Editor:

The Native American Indians that lived mainly in the Southwest and Mexico coined a phrase about marijuana before any research was done on its effects. They called in “Loco Weed.” In Spanish, that means “Crazy Weed.” Yes, Crazy Weed.

So how come it will be legal after Jan. 1? The American Indians supposedly were not educated, but they knew what marijuana did to a person. Loco Weed sure has a nice ring to it.

Manuel Ramirez

Crest Hill

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