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Thursday, September 19, 2013
Climate change effects already are apparent
Re: “No need to panic over climate,” Sept. 10 commentary by Wallace Mayo:
That’s funny. Last time I checked, Superstorm Sandy happened. The tornadoes that devastated Joplin, Mo., happened. The wildfires that toasted California happened. Tropical Storm Irene, which ripped apart roads in Vermont, happened.
And yet, we’re not supposed to worry about carbon pollution and climate disruption.
Instead of Mayo, I’d rather hear the perspective of former Virginia Sen. John Warner, an old-school Republican who recognized the economic threat posed by human-caused climate change, and took action during his final years in the Senate.
I’d also prefer to hear the perspective of President Reagan’s secretary of state, George Shultz, who has called climate change a clear and present national-security danger, and who has urged Congress to pass a revenue-neutral carbon tax to stem emissions.
Warner and Shultz aren’t meteorologists, but they know more about this issue than some who are.
DEVONE R. TUCKER
Gay marriage reflects moral corruption
After having read Angela Allen’s response (“A bad day? Chalk it up to gay marriage,” Sept. 12 Pick of the day) to John Stec’s commentary (“When will the attack on the family end?” Sept. 5), I found Allen’s response very pale in substance in her support of same-sex marriages.
She attempted to reduce Stec’s position (homosexual unions deteriorate the institution of marriage and family) to the ridiculous.
But she never provided an argument that would support homosexual marriages as good for the institution of marriage and the family.
Because of this, it seems funny that Allen’s opinion was chosen as the “Pick of the day” in The Roanoke Times.
Content took a back seat, and The Times chose to waste space by giving rise to Allen’s poor excuse of an argument on a very important issue.
However, I am not surprised by Allen’s position. As the depravity of man continues to progress, so does his inability to distinguish between right and wrong.
Today, man calls what is inherently bad, good (such as homosexuality), and yet calls what is good, bad (such as protecting the unborn).
The fight for right is a never-ending battle, but a battle worth fighting nonetheless.
Roanoke needs more Amtrak ridership data
Because the Smart Way Connector Bus is now part of Amtrak’s reservation system, Amtrak will automatically gather ridership data for Roanoke.
To be optimally effective, the city must press Amtrak for monthly, rather than yearly, ridership data for these reasons:
1. Efficiency. Amtrak’s data collection system using computers and smartphones will be far more efficient than the 200-year technology of ticket collection.
2. Better feedback. Roanoke would receive much more timely feedback from programs to increase riders — adding Amtrak signs at station and area roads, advertising in Amtrak’s Arrive Magazine and hosting international tourist organizations to familiarize them with area attractions.
3. Increased publicity. Because figures are posted on Amtrak’s website, researchers, writers, legislators and rail advocates will have ready access to official rider numbers and will, therefore, write more frequently and accurately about Roanoke’s bus and train services.
In a state that recently has been a hot bed in Amtrak’s Rail Revolution, Roanoke has put quite a few coals on the fire via the Smart Way Connector Bus.
Amtrak would ensure that the ridership fire remains bright by providing Roanoke with monthly performance data.
The U.N., not the U.S., must deal with Syria
Re: Fritz Neuhaus’ letter (“It’s up to the U.N. to punish atrocities,” Sept. 8):
Neuhaus expressed what I have said since the use of chemical weapons on the people of Syria.
The United Nations was established to deal with atrocities of this sort.
Why have the United Nations if it isn’t called upon to deal with these problems?
The United States should not step in to help.
The country needs to help U.S. citizens first and foremost. President Obama and congressional representatives, listen to the people of this country.
Can we have a do-over in the governor’s race?
Since both governor candidates do nothing but slam each other and neither can run on his own record, how about the two parties kick them out and give us two qualified people to vote for?
That would be a welcome change.
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