Letters to the editor: Gratitude to mail carrier
Gratitude to mail carrier
TO THE EDITOR
I would like to take a minute to reflect on the Good Samaritan deed of mail carrier Joe on Rifle Range Road, which occurred at the end of July 2018.
I was out driving my pony and a farm dog scared him. I jumped out of the cart and when I tried to stand up, I realized I had seriously damaged my ankle. At the time Joe was driving by delivering mail. I yelled for help and he was immediately available to assist me. He helped me to his vehicle and drove me to the neighbors so I could be taken to the hospital. Had it not been for his help, I have no idea how long I would have been at the side of the road with a serious injury. Joe also helped get my pony unhitched from the cart and both the pony and cart out of the middle of the road.
Since the accident I have been unable to walk and get to my mailbox. Therefore, Joe has been delivering my mail to my house. I can't even begin to acknowledge how much I have appreciated all of his help.
I don't know how many mail carriers would have done the same. I just wanted to share my sincere gratitude to Joe and the River Falls Post Office.
It's time to be adults; take responsibility
TO THE EDITOR
In February, at the direction of Gov. Tony Evers, Wisconsin became the 21st state to join the U.S. Climate Alliance (soon afterward Maine became the 22nd).
The Climate Alliance is a pledge to meet the goals of the Paris agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to at least 22-28 percent below 2005 levels by 2050. This is none too ambitious, considering that recent climate reports give us roughly 11 years for meaningful action to avoid the worst-case consequences of climate change. For Wisconsin, though, it's a major step in the right direction.
A December Reuters/Ipsos poll reveals 72 percent national support for climate action. Extreme weather events, such as our current pre-spring flooding, are understandably eroding the doubts some have expressed as to the reality of human-caused climate change.
Among those who believe that climate change is happening, a whopping 83 percent want government to act to address the challenge, and 76 percent want to see action on the part of local governments.
One of the surest signs that we've reached a tipping point is the surge of climate activism on the part of youth. Friday, March 15 saw world-wide classroom walk-outs and demonstrations by young people who fully "get" the threat of climate change to their future. If politicians and officials are slow to make climate action a priority, youth are sounding the alarm.
A news photo from March 15 shows a young woman student holding a sign that reads, IF YOU DON'T ACT LIKE ADULTS, WE WILL. It's both sad and hopeful that such a crucial mission has to be taken up by our children. Fellow adults, do we really want to bear the guilt of having damaged the world these aware young people will inherit It's time to be responsible adults and pitch in.
Thomas R. Smith
'Before the Flood' was eye-opening
TO THE EDITOR
Last Thursday night I watched a film titled "Before the Flood." It was amazing, informative, scary and challenging. It is about CLIMATE CHANGE, a subject that affects us all. In fact according to the film, Hope for Creation, "it is one of the biggest threats facing humanity today." It is beyond politics and religions, and those who claim no specific denomination; beyond nationality, race—the color of skin or even socio-economic class, though the poorer in the world will be the first to suffer.
The film makes it clear that we, all of us, are responsible for what happens to creation—our planet and it is YOU AND I who must make the changes necessary to save our lives and those of our children, grandchildren and so on. I think this film should be required in high schools,
colleges, churches and city offices. It should be a must for those of us who want to save creation!
The group who sponsored the film at the Methodist Church is called HOPE FOR CREATION, "Communities of Faith Partnering for a sustainable future," an ecumenical group, to which all are invited to learn more about. Next important event: April 25, 7-9 p.m. " Happening: A Clean Energy Revolution" to be held at the Unitarian Universalist Society. Location: N8010 State Road 65, River Falls.
I was disappointed to see so few people at this important film showing on a subject that affects us all. Our planet is crying for help. Let's act. It is our lives and those of our descendants we would be saving.
If you want to acquire these films for your church or group. www.interfaithpowerandlight.org/about/mission-history/
Rev. Barb de Souza
We can stop global warming
TO THE EDITOR
If huge snow and ice storms and severe cold weather occur, does it mean that there is no global warming? There is no human-caused climate change; Mother Nature cannot be manipulated, right?
It certainly feels that way this winter. But just because some of us have suffered through a particularly cold and snowy period doesn't negate the fact that our globe is warming as we continue to emit carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.
According to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the 10 warmest years on record have occurred since 1997. The National Atmospheric and Oceanographic Administration (NOAA) reports that the warming we've seen since the late 19th century is unprecedented over the last 1,000 years.
Perhaps even more important is that ocean temperatures are increasing at a rate of 0.12 degrees centigrade per decade. While this doesn't seem like much, this increase has a tremendous effect on climate because oceans cover approximately two-thirds of the earth's
As a result of this climate change, more severe weather in the form of torrential rains, tornadoes, hurricanes, droughts and snow is occurring. Crops and livestock are being lost and ocean levels are rising.
Can we stop global warming? Yes, we need to reduce our increasing use of fossil fuels that are pumping greenhouse gases into our atmosphere. To this end, a bill in Congress, HR 763 Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act, has been introduced on a bipartisan basis. Republicans and Democrats are working together. The bill calls for a fee on carbon with the resulting money being paid back to the citizens in the form of a dividend. When enacted, this bill will be beneficial for the economy and revenue neutral. A complete summary of the bill can be found at www.citizenclimatelobby.org/energy-inovation-act/.
It is time to act. Call your Rep. Sean Duffy 202-225-3365, our Sens. Baldwin 202-224-5653 and Johnson 202-224-5323 and urge them to support this legislation.