Global warming? Yes
I only had to read the first few lines of “Global Warming? Yes” to know who had written it, with comments like Al Gore’s excellent, fact-based movies are “nothing more than self-aggrandizing, convenient lies” or “Al Gore’s scare campaign against global warming is his insidious therapy for losing the 2000 presidential election.” Like Hillary Clinton, the American people elected Gore president but the long obsolete Electoral College gave the presidency to the loser, the incompetent numbskull George W. Bush, and our country and planet paid an awful price, just as they are doing now with President Trump.
According to every credible scientist and scientific organization in the world, what’s happening to our planet right now is not part of the regular warming and cooling cycle of our planet, as conservatives continue to claim, it’s a direct result of the compromising of the Earth’s natural filtering systems brought on largely by man’s deforestation and industrialization. Nature is not destroying the plants that clean our air and then throwing billions of tons of carbon based pollution into it. Smog is not a natural phenomenon. The toxic waste and garbage we pump into our water is not natural either. Only man can do this and our planet is suffering because of it.
But as always with this man and those like him, facts and reality take a back seat to the delusional fantasies brought on by constant exposure to Fox News and the rest of the fake conservative media. Fortunately, most people see through the right’s anti-environment propaganda even if our fake president and other ignorant people do not.
The American example
The writer of "What We Citizens Pay" is coming from a good place and has a valid point. We need help here at home in America and the help comes from within. The world also needs help.
The answer is not to bring in authoritarian government to rip and gnash at the economic pie like a pack of rabid wolves or coyotes. And that carcass (the private sector, worker and employer alike) only have so much money to throw at the problem. Passion, will, knowledge, and teamwork get it done. Charitable micro loans to a farmer in Brazil or Kenya raise people out of need and poverty.
Give someone with passion and desire a tool to do the work and do it better than they could before. Give knowledge and passion to the destitute. Give knowledge, tools, wisdom. Teach teamwork, spirit and morals. Open hands should be turned into helping hands and they should multiply.
The people of the nation and the world have more potential in one small finger than the entire apparatus of governments the world over. The American example (a successful one) is power in the hands of the people, not the government. Nations the world over have attempted to re-enact our drafting of a Constitution by the people and of the people to no avail. And their economies fail and their people suffer.
We are the city atop a hill and we don't have to be the only one.
Thank you, Kirby Brill
The Mojave Desert Resource Conservation District echoes Joe Brady’s praise of Mojave Water Agency’s General Manager Kirby Brill, who is retiring this month after many years of excellent service.
The MWA has been our wonderful partner throughout the years — helping to fund our invasive tamarisk weed removal projects in the Mojave River bed to significantly reduce water loss and improve habitats — as well as many other water conservation projects throughout its area.
MWA deals with water — a potentially contentious subject — but does it in a professional, civil, and "open to the public" manner — defying Mark Twain’s supposed quote: “Water’s for fighting — Whiskey’s for drinking.”
MWA has a very competent crew which complements Kirby’s unique leadership style, which has created a very functional governmental entity — few and far between these days. Kirby has successfully and peacefully led the MWA and we will miss him.
We look forward to working with the new General Manager and continuing, of course, with the great staff.
President, Mojave Desert Resource Conservation District (MDRCD)
(Alto) California's socialist Governor Jerry Brown (A.K.A, Geraldo Castano?), his fellow travelers in the State Legislature (cortes, politburo?), and other bloated government bureaucratic trough feeders have once again sodomized the working and taxpaying citizens with another "bait and switch" scheme: the increase in gasoline taxes and auto registration fees.
I haven't (yet) been able to find it, but I'm confident there are auto registration fee increase exemptions and increases in gasoline vouchers for those 32 percent of the legal and illegal residents in the state on public assistance.
He (they) also want to make California a sanctuary state and save us from the U.S. Constitution that has (pretty well) preserved our nation for more than two hundred years. I suggest a compromise — that all coastal cities from San Francisco south to the Mexican border and west of the mountains to the Pacific Ocean (except for Sacramento, which should be included) be allowed to do so. I'm sure their amigos will welcome and provide for them with open arms.
Dr. Ron Dudick
Cease caustic comments
There is, without argument, entirely too much vicious, vitriolic rhetoric printed on this page. Today's attack on Republican congressmen practicing for a bipartisan charity baseball game in D.C. illustrates how dangerous it is to continue publishing such. It is one thing to have an opinion, quite another to vilify persons.
A frequent Barstow contributor/writer calling all conservative Republicans "repubnicans" and worse or anyone that does not agree with his hate-filled rants, claiming "they" hate America, want people to die, etc., is being inciteful and an attacker. This is not voicing an opinion. Some seem incapable of making the distinction. This diatribe ignites unstable minds, leading to such tragic events.
I would hope that such vile rhetoric disqualifies this type of letter being published. We can agree to disagree amicably. Enough is enough! That goes for contributors in the Commentary section, as well! Be part of the solution, not part of the problem. Hopefully, dear Editor, you will reconsider and be part of the solution.
Respectfully yours truly, a discerning reader/contributor.
A quick reply
Re: "Open Letter to Trump," Daily Press, 06/20/17 ...
It's too bad that you didn't hold President Obama to those same standards. Nor, I suspect, would you have held them to Hillary Clinton.
And let us not forget that most of America's Founding Fathers had no prior governmental, or political experience to corrupt their perspectives and motivations.