Reader letters, Feb. 18
Highway Patrol officers aren’t profiteers
To the editor:
The task is to fill an interim vacancy for sheriff and already the character assassination has begun. A recent letter to the editor tries to portray Greg Christopher as some type of unsavory profiteer instead of a law enforcement officer. If you are not driving drunk, recklessly, or at an excessive speed, you will not have a problem with a Highway Patrol officer.
There are two Democratic candidates who have submitted their credentials for the interim position. The decision on who will be selected will be determined by a vote of up to 100 Democratic activists and will be an open process. This is more open than appointments made by a single person such as the Congressional and Senate appointments made by the governor in many states.
Since the current sheriff is a Democrat, state rules are that those seeking the interim position must be registered Democrats. The Asheville policeman who claimed to want to get politics out of the process could have filed as a Democrat and been eligible to make his case as the most qualified. However, such a move might not have set well with the big money folks out east who support only Republicans here in the mountains.
We have seen these plutocrats from out east spend $1.5 million to get Senator Davis elected to the Senate with innumerable mailings containing misleading and erroneous claims about John Snow. We can expect that they will be spending big bucks in trying to elect a Republican irrespective of qualifications in 2014.
Postal scare is another GOP-manufactured crisis
To the editor:
Republicans are single handedly dismantling this country as evidenced by the moves against the U.S. Postal Service. Since 1996, Republicans have been moving to privatize the postal service. The U.S. Postal Service is the largest employer in the US behind Walmart. Unlike Walmart, the USPS actually pays employees a fair, living wage and supplies benefits.
“Saving money” by laying off government workers and hiring them back as privatized workers paying them minimum wage also removes the accountability that goes along with having a government service. Downsizing the government means less money and wages for workers while a few wealthy people make a huge profit at the expense of the rest of us. Haven’t those of us who work for corporate America seen enough of this?
Employees are taking on 2-3 job titles with added responsibility and less pay so companies can reap record profits and the “working man” can climb deeper and deeper into sinking debt. The Republicans have imposed rules and restrictions on the USPS that are completely unfair. Requiring the government run agency to “break even” and pre-fund 75 years of health benefits for future employees is absurd. If the government wants to impose these kinds of restrictions on agencies, let’s start with the Department of Defense.
Republicans want to cut taxes, double military spending, and then cry years later that we need to cut government services—things that make our lives better—programs like Head Start. The impending sequester looming now could easily be fixed by Democrat proposed spending cuts and closing tax loopholes. However, Republicans won’t hear it. They’d rather cut services that benefit everyone, create more unbalanced economy in this country, eliminate the middle class, and make sure those wealthy folks who operate hedge funds and get us into financial crisis get those tax breaks they so clearly deserve.
The Republicans are clearly manufacturing another crisis in order to scare the American people. It’s getting old. The polarization in this country is going to destroy us as well as the greedy, soulless corporate backed politicians who don’t care about us.
Consider whole energy picture
To the editor:
Is $400 million spent yearly by EPA, Energy Department and National Science Foundation necessary?
Consider the 200,000 oil/gas field jobs are in limbo, while the government subsidizes solar/wind to provide 20 percent of energy in 2030? EPA carbon dioxide emissions are killing industrial expansion.
Nuclear power is politically forbidden. France produces 80 percent of its power as nuclear. China’s plan is 30 nuclear power plants.
Carbon dioxide tons per person population, from lowest to highest, is France, 6.1 tons/66 million; China, 5.3 tons/ 1,300 million people; Germany, 9.6 tons/82 million; Russia, 11 tons/143 million; US, 17 tons/ 315 million.
Factor Europe’s tons/population up to our 315 million population and they are 40 percent higher than America.
Ocean levels did rise 300 feet since 14,000 years ago. The rapid overflow of the Mediterranean Sea around 8000 B.C. (biblical flood) buried local people under the Black Sea. Warming since the last ice age (which covered one third of Russia, 100 percent of Canada, one-fourth of the U.S., Arctic and Antarctic) released an ice area of 23 million square kilometers.
Both polar masses together total 25 million today. Loss of ice mass in Alaska and Greenland is raising sea levels by 0.26 mm/year — 10 inches by 3120. America’s economy will be toast before 2020.
All agree, ice age lows (15.5/ - 14.5 degrees F] and warm-age highs( -3.5/ + 3.5 degrees F] repeated within a very close range.
Carbon dioxide parts per million ranged from 190 at coldest limits to 290 at warmest. No experts notice that those ancient warm peaks were sharp, lasting only 500 years. Our current warm peak has lasted 11,000 years — 22 times longer — with stable, narrow, temperature range of (+/-) 3.5 degrees F. Recent temperature highs are up one degree. CO2 highs (390) are up 100 points from 6000 B.C.
Alarmists, please wait — for temperatures exceeding (+3.5 degrees F) —for proof the longest warm peak in history is threatened by 100 ppm C02; for proof that long-term solar radiation cycles, changing elliptical orbit, or earth axis tilt are not the cause. Don’t sacrifice our jobs over flimsy science theory.