Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)


December 1, 2013

In Your View

ASHLAND — Let peace process more forward

Will all you naysayers and warmongers please shut up for the next six months and quit bad-mouthing, ridiculing and making fun of our president so the peace process can move forward?

I have never in all my life seen and heard such disrespect, crude remarks  and statements coming from supposedly well-educated politicians who have been to political college to lean how to stretch the truth and will do almost anything to get elected or re-elected.

Like children, they had to shut down the government because they have never gotten over the fact that they spent so much money and still lost the election. They have already built up a huge war chest and the working people can never match it.

A few years ago I said, “If the politicians would use their war chests to pay down the deficit, we and our children and grandchildren would all benefit.”

When I was a child and we would argue or have some spats, we would sing, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.”

Kitty F. Kouns, Ashland

Climate change is proven fact

William Secrest’s letter on Nov. 20 response to Lorry Swain’s letter on global warming while touting his ancestrial heritage and his family’s storied history, inheriting those past intellectual attributes suggest to me there’s a belief in the science of human traits and genes.

When man for the first time stuck his finger in an open flame, it scientifically told him he need not repeat that act in order to discover that he will be burned. Science has confirmed there is a continental drift, the moon’s 250,000 miles from earth and the world is not flat.

For decades, the world’s scientists from all global locations studying climate have recorded and exchanged data on climate conditions using technology such as satellite imaging, ice core samples, tree ring growth, observation of the world’s glaciers, reduction of Greenland’s ice sheets, thawing of the Arctic’s perma frost and thinning of its ice, etc. All are melting at an accelerated pace.

Whether one believes climate change is manmade or natural is irrelevant to the facts. Lest we forget, acid rain is a direct result of manmade origin and DDT was a factor in the near extinction of the bald eagle. Instead of believing that ocean levels are not rising, let’s theorize that the land masses are sinking instead. With the extractions of all the earth’s fossil fuels and minerals causing voids, resulting in land masses settling down, thus having the same effect as oceans rising.

Mr. Secrest states there are 100 countries left to travel to, perhaps he had better hurry. Several may be under water in the near future.

Earl Ferguson, Wurtland

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