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Some things can’t be controlled

The climate of the Earth is always in change.

The last ice age, the Pleistocene began 2.6 million years ago and lasted until about 11,700 years ago.

Our current geological epoch, the Holocene, began after the Pleistocene and the glaciers have been in retreat since then, as the Earth warmed out of the ice age.

Besides general warming, we have had at least three significant warming periods during the Holocene.

The Roman warming periods (250 B.C. to AD400) and the Medieval warming period (950-1250 AD) the two periods were known as climate optimums as more food was able to be grown for man.

The Maunder Minimum, or little ice age, 170 to mid 1800 (some report earlier) was caused by a minimum of solar energy (sun sports). The Earth has bee warming again since the end of the title ice age.

There is little question that man caused co2 has a small part on the Earth’s warming, but 100. Times more effect on the Earth’s warming is moisture in the air and without it, the Earth would be so cold as to not be easily habitable by man.

But without co2, man could not grow food. It is important to take reasonable measures to control co2 emissions, but the worst thing we can do for our ecology is to destroy our economy.

No matter what man does, the climate is primarily controlled by solar variations and celestial factors that man has no control over.

Vance G. Kirkpatrick

Leona Valley

Children don’t forget

I survived six years of parochial school.  

I remember my teacher came into American history class one morning with a “declaration” from the elders that had just been signed and stamped with their “corporate seal.”  

It said they could now search all students lockers, purses, wallets and person with no warning or probable cause. All they needed was their carnal Christian suspicions.  

Some of my classmates looked really scared. I knew a couple girls who were on birth control and were terrified of them confiscating their pills and “slut shaming” them.    

The American History teacher was supposedly trying to make the point that they, the Lutheran elders, were like the founding fathers of America.

They were, via their corporate seal, separate from America and American laws. When we were on campus, the Bill of Rights didn’t apply to us.   

They were, like the Vatican, their own nation and could make their own laws.

I remember the smug smirk on that teacher’s face as he saw some of the frightened expressions from students.

These Draconian measures made me count the days to graduation and happily run every guilt trip fundraising request through my shredder for the next 30 years.  

I love Jesus.  

I don’t like people or organizations who use His words to play god or threaten children into submission of any kind.

It was a sophisticated form of child abuse. Children grow up. Children remember.  

That school closed in 2016.  

Mitchell Seyfer


Defining racism

In 4 Aug edition of this newspaper, Jack O’Connor wrote : “First, President Trump has never made a statement containing race in any manner… The problem with screaming racism at every opportunity is that it is much like the boy who cried wolf.”

Mr. O’Connor was referring to President Trump sending a tweet telling the four Congresswomen to “…go back to their countries – even though three of the four lawmakers… were born in the U.S. and all are American citizens.”(, 15 July 2019). According to Webster’s Dictionary, the definition of racism is a belief that  “race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race.”

Trump is a white nationalist, which according to Wikipedia, “…espouses the belief that white people are a race] and seeks to develop and maintain a white national identity.  

White nationalism is sometimes described as a euphemism for, or subset of, white supremacism…” I recall growing up when the term “go back home” meant for African-Americans to go back to Africa.

Regarding African-American accountants, Trump said: “I’ve got black accountants at Trump Castle and at Trump Plaza — black guys counting my money!”… “I hate it. The only kind of people I want counting my money are short guys that wear yarmulkes every day. Those are the kind of people I want counting my money. Nobody else. . . . Besides that, I’ve got to tell you something else. I think that the guy is lazy. And it’s probably not his fault because laziness is a trait in blacks. It really is; I believe that. It’s not anything they can control.”  

O’Connor fails to understand that a racist can believe racial stereotypes. As a black accountant, I personally faced racism from white male supervisors.

Vincent White


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