Preserve the planet for the next generation
As the fires in the west continue to burn, people in Germany mop up after catastrophic floods, the ice caps and glaciers melt, coral reefs bleach and die, and the Gulf Stream slows, with who knows what catastrophic consequences to our climate, our news media should be pounding us with the cause of it all-global warming caused by the greenhouse gasses CO2 and methane, resulting from our use of fossil fuels and cattle ranching.
We should be hearing about this in the news daily. Why? Because this is the most important issue ever, as it is an existential issue. Ignoring it is leading to the sixth mass extinction of species and may lead to our own extinction.
Be kind to your children and grandchildren, conserve fossil fuels and eat less beef. And vote for folk who recognize that the earth as we know it is dying.
Biden has performed a botched job
Imagine a surgeon frustrated about not getting enough recognition barging into an operating room to take charge of a leg procedure. He amputated the patient’s left leg before realizing the operation was supposed to be a right knee replacement. The surgeon’s response was not to get too wrapped up in details but take care of the severed limb.
Afterwards he demands recognition for the superb job he did on dressing the stump. President Biden is that surgeon and Afghanistan the patient. In what can be nothing less than a crass political move, he seeks to establish some sort of legacy as a president who ended a “war.”
He touted saving service members from future death, but there has been no U.S. service member’s death in 18 months in Afghanistan. Wish the same could have been true in the 12 months I spent in an actual war zone.
Recalling the aforementioned surgeon, like Biden’s operation, it turned out the leg became gangrenous. God help America and Afghanistan.
The writer is a retired major from the U.S. Army Reserve.
Performers sang better than written
This Letter to the Editor concerns the review by staff reporter Michael Hochanadel (“Fans welcome back Taylor, Browne —who deliver many well-known and loved songs”) of the James Taylor and Jackson Browne SPAC concert on Aug. 24.
I went to the Aug. 24 SPAC concert of James Taylor and Jackson Browne. They both sang beautifully for the entire time they were on stage. Being 73 and 71 respectively, and in the music industry for over 30 years, their voices are polished, seasoned and work well. I cannot understand how their voices were said to be dry on the part of James Taylor and morose on the part of Jackson Browne.
I was with three other friends, and we felt that the concert was wonderful, and their voices were spot on. They each have voices in multi ranges they use in their many songs.
In no way, shape or form are their voices dry and morose. The standing ovation they received twice from the audience is proof of that.
DARCEY ANNE FARROW
Reader’s letter was very offensive
Regarding Mr. Donahue’s Aug. 25 letter (“We’ll all be glad for Afghan wars end”) is the most idiotic, uninformed stupid letter I have ever read in The Gazette.
Evidently Mr. Donahue has no relative, friend, or fellow American stranded in Afghanistan. He implied that in a month or two NO ONE will care about the so-called “war’s end.” As an American and a veteran, I will care about those Americans and Afghans left behind who will be tortured and killed by the terrorists for years to come.
Mr. Donahue should really apologize for his letter and ignorance and also pray for those left behind by this administration. Just recently, a suicide bomber killed one of our marines (or more) as well as many civilians. Your safety and freedom does not come FREE jerk.
Thanks for words on first responders
Thank you for your considerate editorial on Aug. 24 (“A reminder of the risks they take to serve and protect”) acknowledging the tragic line of duty death of Trooper James J. Monda, NYSP, and for reminding your readers of the sacrifices and risks that law enforcement officers and firefighters take daily in service to their communities.
ED CULHANE JR.
The writer is a retired member of the New York State Police and Rhode Island State Police.
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