Carbon footprint size affects climate
In his July 24 letter (“Cut immigration to curb climate change”), Matt Yunick is half right when he claims that increasing the global population can contribute to climate change.
However, he fails to consider the other key factor in this equation – the carbon footprint of each person. What do you suppose the carbon footprint of five subsistence farmers trying to enter the United States is, compared to five American billionaires? Or even compared to five average Americans?
In 2020, the average per person CO2 emissions in the United States was 16 tons. Here are some examples of the average CO2 emissions of each of those would-be immigrants Mr. Yunick thinks is a grave danger to climate: Costa Rican 1.7 tons, Guatemalan 1 ton, Honduran 1 ton, Nicaraguan 0.8 tons.
Sure, fewer Americans each emitting 16 tons of CO2 per year would help (but not if they simply left the country to emit CO2 elsewhere). Here’s another idea — try to be a little more like those people at the border who have low carbon footprint lifestyles.
GOP must stop this voter fraud madness
Trump’s aggrandizement of his self-worth has brought us to the hullabaloo which exists today about voter fraud. Not being able to accept that the American voting public had endured his lies, racism and other misdeeds as long as they could.
A “normal” person would have moved on, and out by now.
Instead we have many red states intent on restricting eligible voters to exercise their lawful rights in a democracy.
It has to end. Upholding the laws of our country should take precedence over fidelity to party.
Skin color, not even orange, is a prerequisite for eligibility. It is high time for the GOP to put a halt to this madness. We have had more than enough of a less than honest Realtor pretending to be a president.
Anti-vaxxers contribute to decline
Every day we are reminded that unvaccinated people are at the highest risk for covid infection. Yet a large percentage of the population remains unvaccinated because they allow themselves to be influenced by absurd internet rumors, tribal politics, or misguided religious beliefs.
At this point they are largely responsible for the continued social and economic damage caused by the pandemic.
People that refuse the vaccine are glaring proof that the human race is plagued by an overabundance of fools. It may sound harsh, but the unvaccinated that succumb to the virus contribute to human evolutionary progress by removing themselves from the gene pool. I have no doubt that anti-vaxxers would be a shoo-in for top honors if the annual Darwin Awards had a group category for self-destructive behavior.
Donate excess TP to those in need
In response to the July 20 article (“Surplus TP? Maybe you need to make a cannon”), I read the complete article in the hopes that the obvious use of excess would become clear: please donate to a local food bank or charity. This is a basic necessity of life that is not covered by food stamps. Before you think about making 350 spitballs out of one roll or sending it streaming into your neighbor’s yard with your do-it-yourself paper cannon, please think of those who may not be able to afford that single roll.
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