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Letters to the Editor for Tuesday, Dec. 3

Letters to the Editor for Tuesday, Dec. 3

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America needs an FDR, not a Trump

I watched the impeachment inquiry on Nov. 13 and became confused as to who it was that they were investigating, President Obama, Hillary Clinton, Vice President Biden or Trump.
The Republicans really have to let the 2016 election go. They claim it is the Democrats having a hard time, but they continually bring it up.
My son and I went to FDR’s home and museum, and in today’s world he would definitely be called a “liberal.” To me he represents what and who a president should be. This man took office during the Depression, Dust Bowl and aggression from Germany, Italy and Japan. Each and every one of them have benefited from the action he took to save our country.
Most of it was done in the first 100 days of his term — Social Security, unemployment insurance, welfare, 40-hour work week, minimum wage, child labor laws, United Nations, just to name a few. After seeing what he accomplished, I looked at my son and said, “and Trump is what we have today.”
If there ever was a president that deserved to be impeached, it is Trump. What ever became of men like FDR? Is there really one around? If there is, I am hoping we can find him or her in one of the candidates running in 2020.
Patricia Fialkowski

Climate report cited was misleading

James Homan’s Nov. 28 letter (“Don’t believe all you read about climate”)  led me to do some quick fact checking.
What I soon found was criticism that only 10 of the “500 scientists” identified themselves as climate scientists, none actually doing active research. A significant portion of the co-signers are either engineers or professionals in non-technical fields.
A majority of scientist reviewers said it relies on inaccurate claims about climate science that are very misleading. For example, Timothy Osborn, a professor at the University of East Anglia and director of research at the Climatic Research Unit, wrote: “This statement is unscientific. It ignores well-established understanding of climate and of what causes the climate to change. It makes cherry-picked statements, such as noting that some vegetation grows more with increased CO2 while ignoring the risks of serious damage arising from the climate change that is being caused by the same increase in CO2.
“The authors of the statement appear to be very unfamiliar with climate science: for example, they do not know that the amount of global warming we have observed is very close to the amount predicted by climate models.”
The truth is that the vast majority of climate scientists are in agreement that climate change is real, and it is an emergency.
Even the U.S. military is preparing for its effects.
Tom McCrossan

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