Obligation to children
Last Friday, the world’s leading climate scientists concluded that global warming is “almost certainly” a result of human activity — chiefly the consumption of fossil fuels. The new IPCC report makes it crystal clear: If we do not change course, we will commit our children to a future of extreme heat waves, disrupted agriculture, bigger storms, higher seas and ocean acidification.
Action will be required at all levels of government. For starters, the Environmental Protection Agency’s recent announcement of new standards to limit carbon pollution from new power plants is a step in the right direction.
The EPA should move forward with regulating carbon pollution from existing power plants. State leaders should support these actions. As a born-and-raised Floridian who has grown up on our coasts, I believe we have an obligation to protect our children and future generations from the consequences of global warming.
Hold your breath
I am always surprised by letters like the one last Sunday that there are still those who believe the myth of man-made global warming (“Support Obama initiative,” Your Views). Facts don’t seem to confuse them or shake their fantasy beliefs. The following should at least cause them to pause and reconsider:
Al Gore, who made millions from this scam, predicted the polar ice cap would be gone by 2013. It is several times larger than normal, and the winter freeze has not yet occurred .
The center at East Anglia, where the first studies came from, has admitted the data was made up.
Global temperatures have not risen in the past 15 years, according to a recent study.
The charge that CO2 is the culprit is bogus since everyone breathes out CO2. Perhaps we could all hold our breath for a few hours a week.
Where’s backup plan?
Regarding the new garbage system:
It is well known in business that everything new must be tested to ensure it will perform as expected. In that way, any problems that may occur can be resolved before they lead to system malfunction.
This testing is expected to be part of new introduction plans.
It has been said that those who fail to plan are planning to fail.
Even our school buses and their drivers start a day or so early to test the buses and familiarize drivers with their routes before they actually pick up children for school.
Apparently, similar actions were not taken for the new garbage container pickup system.
As could be expected, failures prevented proper operation of the new trucks, and drivers were not familiarized with the new routes. The Hillsborough County Commission is responsible for this failure.
My neighbors and I are waiting to see what kind of backup plan the county has to resolve these issues and ensure that garbage and recyclables are picked up in a timely and orderly fashion.
Samantha Bowden from CAIR-FL recently commented on the lack of condemnation of Islamist terrorism by the Muslim community. She claims that “some residents of Hillsborough County require an unequivocal condemnation” of the bloody attacks that rolled over the mall in Kenya. She is correct. Some residents, me included, need to hear that kind of point-blank renunciation of that evil deed in order to process the acts committed in the name of the Muslim community.
Bowden cites the Buddhist attacks on Muslims in Myanmar and the lack of reaction by Americans. She also brings up the current bloody drug war that has crippled our southern border with Mexico. Both are red herrings that have nothing to do with the war being waged upon Western democracy by radical Islamists. Although the Buddhists who are indiscriminately killing Muslims are horribly wrong, they are not attacking another country or Westerners in a random manner. The Mexican drug cartels show no affinity for Christians, Muslims, atheists or any other type of human being — they kill them all.
Radical Islam has hijacked an entire religion, and the wonderful people who populate that religion choose not to express their anger in a consistent and vociferous manner. Zuhdi Jasser has broken out of that mold and utilizes every possible means to speak “Muslim to non-Muslim” in regard to world events, terrorist acts and Islamist proclamations. Jasser is a devout Muslim but has been vilified by CAIR. Find the writings and words of Jasser, as they spell out the Muslim role in today’s society and how Muslims, Christians and Jewish believers can co-exist based upon the Koran, Bible and Torah.
‘Shameful’ Bucs’ issues
I grew up in Tampa and was one of the fans who helped bring the Buccaneers to Tampa. I have been a hardcore Bucs fan since day one. Through all the seasons with all the losses I have never been embarrassed to loudly profess my love of the team. With the alleged treatment of Lawrence Tynes and Josh Freeman, I am no longer able to make that statement.
The players are great, but management of these issues is despicable. Head coach Greg Schiano should go back to school, and the rest should go into politics. Shameful.
Monarch Beach, Calif.