Letters to the Editor for Sept. 21, 2011

By Jayson Jacoby / The Baker City Herald

Health Dept. gets grant for classes

To the editor:

We all have an interest in our community's well-being, including a commitment to its health, prosperity and success. A healthy community is generally a thriving community. Reproductive health plays an important part in achieving this collective goal, and public health can be a link to the communication and education needed for guidance on this issue.

To this end, through a grant from the Baker County AAUW and Federal

Title X funding, the Baker County Health Department will facilitate

five reproductive health classes with a focus on teens and parents. The

classes will be held at the Baker County Public Library from 6 p.m. to

7 p.m., beginning on Thursday, Sept. 29, and will continue once a month

through January. While these classes will focus on teens and parents,

the general public is welcome and we encourage anyone to participate.

Our goal is to provide educational information and a forum for open

dialog and discussion.

If you have any questions, or need additional information, please contact the Health Department at: 541-523-8211.

Alicia Hills, RN

Nursing Supervisor,

Baker County Health Department

Time to deal with energy dilemma

To the editor:

The frequency and intensity of extreme weather events is increasing

worldwide.From flooding in Pakistan and Vermont, to drought in Somalia

and Texas, to tornados in Missouri and Alabama, the record of death and

destruction is growing.

With each disaster, the question arises: "Is this caused by global

warming?" Climate scientists respond by saying these phenomena are

entirely consistent with climate-change research, and that it is

extremely unlikely that they could occur in the absence of global

warming.

Vast swaths of the Earth's surface are in danger of devastating climate

change.The danger increases through our continued release of

greenhouse gasses and from self-reinforcing feedback mechanisms, such

as the thawing of the permafrost regions and the loss of reflective

arctic ice.

The evidence is in.While there remain a hard core of climate-change

deniers, they have been left with nothing more than blind faith in

hollow, discredited beliefs.I urge my fellow readers to watch the

videos from around the world resulting from "24 Hours of Reality" just

released by the Climate Reality Project and available

athttp://climaterealityproject.org/#step-1. The series concludes with

a most persuasive and fact-filled presentation by Al Gore, a premier

spokesperson for the dilemma in which we now find ourselves.

According to the Post Carbon Institute, the U.S. could generate 100

percent of its electricity from wind, solar, tidal and geothermal for

much less than it has spent on defense and wars in the last

decade.We're squandering precious opportunities.

It's up to us to move the country and the world past the falsehoods and

absurd red herrings being promoted by the fossil fuel industry, by

their bought-and-paid-for politicians, and by the reactionary Right.

This is hardly the time to welcome climate change as "beneficial to

mankind," requiring only "some changes on our part" to adapt to it.Now

is the time for active reversal of greenhouse gas pollution.Now is the

time for us to restore our national security by making us energy

independent.Now is the time to work together to achieve the noble end

of preserving this planet for future generations.

Marshall McComb

Baker City

Changing memorial won't lessen pride

To the editor:

In reference to the Sept. 16 article regarding the eternal flame atop the veterans memorialat the Courthouse:

My opinion,I have no objection toreplace the gasflamewith an

electric system that shows realisticflame.Cost saving

andsustainedreliability is important.

A change would notlessen the prideand gratitude we feel toward our

local heroes that gave the supreme sacrifice. Our remembrances of them

is ongoing, and theeternal flameis a symbolof those memories.

Bless each onewhose name is inscribedat that memorial.

Phyllis Badgley

Baker City

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