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Letters and comments for February 25, 2011

Letters and comments for February 25, 2011

The climate fraud


To the Editor:

A little over a year ago, the hacked e-mails of “Climategate” scientists from the East Anglia Climate Research Unit, exposed the fraud of the IPCC’s “hockey stick” model and their need to “hide the decline” in global temperatures.

Anyone who points out that there is no “scientific consensus” about global warming, I mean climate change, is labeled a planet-killing “denier.”

Of course the real deniers are the ones who think there is no political or financial motive for people like Al Gore (whose carbon footprint is 1,000 times larger than anyone’s in Union County) to fly around the world, proclaiming, like Chicken Little, that the sky will fall unless we serfs give trillions of dollars to the Banksters and Gore in the form of carbon offsets, taxes and credits.

They say the earth is being killed by CO2 emitted from human activities, and that unless we “bankrupt” those wanting to build coal-fired electric plants, as Barry Soetoro, a.k.a Barack Obama, famously said, we are all doomed to be buried in Ice Age snow, or alternatively, cooked alive in some global warming horror movie scenario.

You see? They can have it both ways and blame it on your SUV.

If you thought derivatives were destructive to the world’s economy you have not seen anything yet.

Al Gore and David Blood (Blood and Gore) are partners in the Carbon Credit Trading Exchange that will net them billions, if we let them pull off this ponzi scheme.

The jig is up. Anthropomorphic climate change is a fraud and a myth perpetrated to further de-industrialize America and impose one-world eco-feudalism on us all.

In the meantime, China is building more than 500 coal-fired electric plants and buying up the world’s oil fields.


Dan Fiorito

Union



Expensive proposition


To the Editor:

In the Feb. 15 Observer article on the $10,000 wolf-reward billboard, the president of Wallowa County Stockgrowers “wondered why there isn’t a similar response when cattle are killed.’’ Good question, and I think I may have come up with a possible answer.

The latest USDA data I found was for Novermber 2010. In the United States, humans killed 2.88 million cattle that month, or about 100,000 killings a day (more on Monday through Friday, not so many on the weekends). The cost of a $10,000 dollar reward per killing would be about a billion dollars a day if collected. Even Bill Gates would be broke after a couple of months of that! So I think it’s just too darned expensive to offer a reward every time somebody kills a heifer or steer.

Logistically, the cattle numbers simply may be too large to deal with. In the lower 48 states there are about 100 million cattle and 5,500 wolves (most wolves in Minnesota). That’s about 18,000 cattle for each wolf. It would be difficult to keep track of all the cattle compared to the wolves. And because people kill about one-third the entire cattle population each year, things can get really messy.


Charles Jones

La Grande



Disgraceful performance


To the Editor:

Seeing members of our troops standing at attention with saluted hands at the beginning of our National Anthem at the recent Super Bowl game, gave credence to the freedom we all share and sometimes take for granted in our Country.

However, that moment was tragically interrupted moments later at the “performance’’ of the National Anthem. Having heard spectacular renditions of our National Anthem in the past, this performance lacked all the grace and patriotism one expects at such an event. Surely there had to have been rehearsals. Surely someone could have advised Christina Aguilera prior to her embarrassment.

An unknown author wrote the following sentiments about the National Anthem:


Our National Anthem

So, with all the kindness I can muster, I give this one piece of advice to the next pop star who is asked to sing the national anthem at a sporting event:

Save the vocal gymnastics and the physical gyrations for your concerts.

Just sing this song the way you were taught to sing it in kindergarten — straight up, no styling.

Sing it with the constant awareness that there are soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines watching you from bases and outposts all over the world.

Don’t make them cringe with your self-centered ego gratification.

Sing it as if you are standing before a row of 86-year-old WWII vets wearing their Purple Hearts, Silver Stars and flag pins on their cardigans and you want them to be proud of you for honoring them and the country they love — not because you want them to think you are a superstar musician. They could see that from the costumes, the makeup and the entourages.

Sing “The Star Spangled Banner” with the courtesy and humility that tells the audience that it is about America, not you.


And for goodness sake, at least get the lines right!


David Riley

Union



No benefit for county


To the Editor:

I would like to express my thoughts about the Antelope Ridge Wind Factory SIP agreement that was put together by the “good ol’ boys” without any community solicitation.

If you stand outside of the debate and look hard at this fee arrangement you will see that this is nothing more than government expansion with little or no benefit for the county as a whole.

The argument in support of the SIP states that this money will provide more services, etc. What additional government services were provided from the contribution from the Elkhorn Wind Factory SIP agreement? What was the real economic impact from the Elkhorn Wind Factory project?

The last election confirmed that most people are not in favor of increasing the size of government. A better use of SIP funds would be to provide property tax relief to all county taxpayers, especially some of the long-term employers such as Boise Cascade, which paid over $296,000 in property tax last year, and Northwood Manufacturing, which paid $67,754. These companies have provided good family wage jobs and demonstrated community support for well over 30 years all while paying FULL rate for their property taxes!

Economic retention might be a better investment with these funds, rather than subsidizing a golf course that will never be financially solvent. The advisory measure 31-52 election results demonstrated 52 percent opposition to the project. How many of the minority voters chose their side because of the headlines proclaiming a windfall for the schools? This margin may have been even larger had the truth been printed prior to the election.

I wonder if the increase in advertising revenue from Horizon has anything to do with The Observer’s position on this issue. There have been letters stating that we should support the SIP because The Observer’s editorial board supports the SIP and the project. When was The Observer’s editorial board designated as Union County’s think tank?  

Scott Spears

Cove

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