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Letters to the Editor Friday, Oct. 29


Biden’s climate efforts falling short

President Biden will attend the big climate summit soon. He’s in trouble already. In fact, his team is now in crisis mode.
The president wanted to go to Glasgow with a big emissions-cutting program in his back pocket. Something to show the world.
Joe Manchin just vetoed that program. He says “no” to the $150 billion plan to help utilities switch from fossil fuels, like coal.
Inside the president’s team, there is sharp disagreement on how to handle China.
Climate czar John Kerry wants to concentrate only on climate. Security adviser Jake Sullivan wants to bring Taiwan, Hong Kong, and human rights into the negotiations. Xi Jinping will not be there.
Then there’s the demand for money. Poor countries want rich countries to give them almost $1 trillion a year to help them ditch fossil fuels. It’s hard to see American voters approving such huge payments when we are running a gigantic deficit of our own.
And please, don’t forget the weather. There’d better not be a cold snap. It turns out that utilities around the world just couldn’t generate enough electricity to meet the post pandemic demand. The price of fossil fuels like oil, natural gas and coal has skyrocketed, and President Biden was reduced to begging oil companies to pump more oil.
The irony here: A “green” president attends the ultra-green climate conference and asks for more oil and coal because renewables didn’t work. Irony and crisis. Another crisis. They’re piling up.
Sherrill Smith

Treat kids with candy for the mind

Give brain candy this year for Halloween. Talk to the kids who ring your bell. And give them something valuable to take home that will outlast any sugar rush.
Several years ago, I read about “Books for Treats,” a program to encourage people to give books for Halloween.
We had shelves of books from kids who had grown up. Plus, when I was a reading teacher, I built up quite a personal collection of books for my students.
Frankly, I was dubious about kids wanting books rather than sugar in its various forms for Halloween, so I did books AND candy.
I bought basic candy, sorted out a range of books and put them in a couple of boxes, vaguely grouped by age level.
I expected the candy to disappear and a couple of books to find new homes. I was astonished.
Kids took some candy, but their eyes really sparkled when I told them they could pick a book.
Helping kids pick out a book changed the whole night. I had great conversations with them, I had candy left, and the boxes of books were almost empty.
Regardless of age, most of my trick-or-treaters lit up as they looked for the perfect book.
I had a good time, and most kids went home with a special book. Halloween has been a good night ever since.
So go through your books, find some boxes to sort them, dress warm, and bring out the candy — and the books!
Catherine Winter


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Florida2015 October 30, 2021
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Had family living in SC in 2018, my wife and daughter went to a flea market, a large biker type told my wife pick out what you like, she asked about paperwork, everything is for sale was the answer. A flea market. The NRA is suing here to overturn the have to be 21 yrs old rule to purchase put in place after Parkland. We know what Texas just passed. Good luck with any nation wide bans. And yes William something we can agree on.

fredsmith October 29, 2021
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Louis and Raymond: “I don’t believe tough laws for illegal possession will do any good when pretty much anyone can legally own one.” This is pure nonsense. Fourteen states have some sort of license or registration requirement to legally purchase or possess a gun.

William Marincic October 29, 2021
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The earth has gone through many periods of heating and cooling, we had an ice age, remember? The pollution I’m concerned about is China, India, and other developing countries dumping garbage and plastic into our oceans.

RAYMOND HARRIS October 29, 2021
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Gov. Hochul signed three gun bills yesterday to address weapons falling through the cracks (i.e., loopholes) even in our tough gun laws. The measures outlawed the sale of ghost guns, possession of so-called “toy guns” (real weapons crafted to look like child’s playthings) and criminalizing the possession of unfinished gun frames and receivers by anyone other than a licensed gunsmith. Why Congress cannot pass these simple fixes is beyond me, though we all know the NRA owns the GOP.

LOUIS RESTIFO October 29, 2021
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Catherine Winter, what a great idea!
Books and reading are a gateway to knowledge, success and enjoyment. The value of getting young minds to realize reading is fun can’t be overstated. – The “AND candy” option is obviously a must on Halloween.

Joseph Vendetti October 29, 2021
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Dear Sherrill:

I tore down one of our 1st coal plants dating back almost 20 yrs ago. Since that time I’ve done another 49.

My point – coal and oil have been going away regardless of what you call “green” regulations. The low price of natural gas and the low efficiency of oil & coal has led to the closure & decommissioning of over 250 plants with another 250 to go in the lower 48.

The improvements in renewables will eventually lead to the elimination of carbon fuels by 2050.