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Readers write: skepticism about climate change, skepticism about problems with the fowl, Trumps truthfulness, giving blood

Readers write: skepticism about climate change, skepticism about problems with the fowl, Trumps truthfulness, giving blood

As predictable for any extreme weather situation, climate change advocates have spent their time in the sun. The concept that people control the weather with their lifestyle is not supporting data. Please tell us, exalted "scientists", what is "normal"? In the 3.6 billion year history of the earth, what is an average climate? This leap of faith replaces man for the real climate power – the sun. The commitment to & # 39; climate change & # 39; is that it is firmly attached to a political agenda. What is deliberately ignored is that it would happen even if humanity did not exist. Every "denier" who is willing to spit out such a heresy is immediately beaten out of the conversation. So far, objectivity and a possibility for a "deep dive" in the subject. Many of us see through your fog of blind acceptance.

Joe Polunc, Cologne

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Minnesota's changing climate has been documented (editorially, 13 September). The hottest summer in North America, record forest fires and now Hurricane Florence remind us of our future. And the October draft of the Intergovernmental Panel report on climate change indicates that we are not making any progress to mitigate climate change.

The earth is a paradise! A fireball at 93 million miles away provides energy and light. Gravity to keep us grounded. Air to breathe. Water everywhere. Food grows on trees. Designed for our well-being, or we have designed to thrive in it. And we, as products of evolution for millions of years, are conscious, thinking, knowing beings.

How can we not be in awe, so grateful to be living beings at this time in this place to be motivated to save our world? Time is running out!

Donald Bailey, Bloomington

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"Catastrophic sudden flooding …" "Hunger is getting worse – the climate is being blamed", "States taking the lead in the climate" (all in the Star Tribune on 12 September)! And the West is on fire, the low neighborhoods of Norfolk are running monthly under salt water, etc. Climate change is unfolding as the climate scientists predicted, started 35 years ago (rising temperatures, melting ice, rising sea levels, heavy rain showers, crazy weather conditions) ). And they predict that all these things will only get worse if we do not reduce CO2 emissions quickly.

Believe the deniers and the fossil fuel paid experts if you want, but all the observable evidence and published scientific research says that we need to listen to climate scientists and take action. Even some oil companies say they prefer action and, in particular, a revenue-neutral CO2 tax and dividend, as the fastest way to reduce CO2 emissions. Some republican legislators now bring this kind of legislation forward.

An old saying: "Experience teaches a sweet school and fools can not learn in another." Do we have to wait until our own house burns down or is destroyed by flooding before we become smart and decide to do something? Will we slowly cook the frog or become smart and take action before it is too late? Come and vote for candidates (of any party) this autumn who acknowledge that climate change is an urgent problem and promise to take action – candidates are more concerned about the next generation than the next election! If you want to participate to make a difference, take part in the nonpartisan Citizens & Climate Lobby (www.citizensclimatelobby.org) and add your voice to real solutions.

Alan Anderson, Northfield

SKEPTICITY: KILL

The FDA is on crusade, but we all have to die of something

Is this hysteria really necessary in relation to e-cigarettes? (& # 39; FDA goes to sniffing teenagers & # 39 ;, front page 13 Sept.) The Food and Drug Administration is so complacent about reducing the number of people smoking that it raises the question – is the Nanny State out of control?

Smoking is bad; less people smoke is good, but at what price? It seems that the stress levels are at a record high and that smoking tends to relieve stress. Maybe smoking is not that bad. What about reducing the anti-smoking crusade? It is great that people do not die from lung cancer, so people live longer to die of something else – what is the gain? Living longer is not always happier.

Perhaps if the FDA would step out of his high horse and stop trying to control too many aspects of our lives, it could focus on reducing the financial terrorism that is being done to us by the pharmaceutical companies.

Ben Van Sant, Marine on St. Croix

TRUMP ADMINISTRATION

Lies are the final product of this presidency

President Donald Trump's allegation of a conspiracy regarding last year's hurricane impact on Puerto Rico – that the Democrats suffer about 3,000 deaths – is no different than President George W. Bush's accusation of 9/11 or of Alex Jones stating the shootings at Sandy Hook. staged. We are giving the President of the United States an official statement about a conspiracy that unfortunately millions of people will believe (tinyurl.com/hurricane-factcheck). It is time for Republicans in office to simply not "disagree" with his statement, but clearly and definitively state that the president has lied. This does not deserve a sugar coating.

Jack Parker, Minneapolis

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On 20 June in Duluth, President Donald Trump said that North Korea has returned the remains of 200 US soldiers who died during the Korean War.

That statement was not true. On August 1, North Korea surrendered 55 boxes with remains and a set of dog tags. Two of the remains in the boxes have been identified as those of American soldiers. The remaining 53 boxes can contain the remains of American soldiers or maybe not. We may never know.

Why does Trump laugh about the number and timing of the return? Probably because he is lying all the time. He is lying about great things and little things; it does not matter as long as the lie seems big to him in his own mind and in the spirit of his & # 39; base & # 39 ;.

I thought that lying were politicians that America had enough of. Think I thought wrong.

Kevin Kelleher, Houston, Minn.

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Yes, 3000 people died in Puerto Rico after the hurricanes. No. 45 denies this. His heartless contempt for people who have died and those who love them amazes me. This is not a head count at a rally. These are people who are no longer there and deserve respect. The harsh reality in Puerto Rico after last year's hurricanes is heartbreaking. To add to that despair and to deny that people have died is simply cruel.

How many North and South Carolinians are living today, ask themselves, "Will not I, after Florence, count on the toll of this government when I die?" Which names are removed from the death list in Puerto Rico? They all have faces, names and family that they miss every day. The cruelty and absurdity of his statement is another bullet point in the long long list of reasons why this man is not a leader – of anything. To all those who lost family and friends in Puerto Rico, we acknowledge that loss. All of them. We know that they lived and died in spite of what this government could claim from lies.

Autumn Lubin, Lakeville

HURRICANE FLORENCE

There is something useful that we can all do

With the hurricane to our friends in the Southeast and with a view to ads on TV that begged for blood donations, yesterday, when I visited a blood center to donate platelets, I got the following information: Of the American population only 38 percent are qualified to be desperate donate blood. Of the 38 percent qualified, only 12 percent donates – and many do not regularly.

It is such an easy and painless thing to do for others. Please do your part by donating, volunteering, recruiting, etc. Giving the good feeling to others – overwhelming.

Barbara Nylen, Minneapolis

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