Claims about volcanic pollution are nonsensical

Here we go again. I find myself again shooting down (with my pen) the same ridiculous misinformation contained in a letter to the editor from about five years ago.

Ken Anderson in his March 8 letter to the editor, without citing any scientific evidence, tells us, “A few years back (a volcano) in the Philippines called Mount Pinatubo spewed out more pollution than all the human race has in all its years on earth.”

On the internet it took me just a few seconds to find the following scientific article comparing annual volcano CO 2 emissions to annual human-caused contributions to global warming:

“According to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the world’s volcanoes, both on land and undersea, generate about 200 million tons of carbon dioxide (CO 2 ) annually, while our automotive and industrial activities cause some 24 billion tons of CO 2 emissions every year worldwide.” https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/earthtalks-volcanoes-or-humans/

My handy computer calculator tells me that by dividing 24 billion by 200 million the result is 120 times more CO 2 emissions are caused by human activity than all the volcanoes on land and under the oceans.

I agree with one statement Anderson wrote: “Let’s stop this nonsense.”

Gary Dielman

Baker City

Let’s make Baker County a gun owners’ ‘sanctuary’

It seems there are those who decry what our country’s laws are in regards to marijuana and illegal aliens.

We appear to be a nation with deep divides over these issues. So our state leaders simply choose to ignore the law. They merely claim “sanctuary status” and impede federal agencies from doing their job to protect us from drugs and illegals. Not too many years ago, 2001 to be exact, we were angry and up in arms about our federal government not doing enough to protect us from terrorist attacks. Remember that? Somehow, we allowed undocumented men into our country who had not been vetted and, well, 9-11 occurred and over 2,996 died initially with more every year from aftereffects.

Now the government is doing its best to screen those who enter and prevent even more illegals and drugs from entering our country and some cry foul! Really? Can you have it both ways?

Now it would seem some are trying to force me to surrender or limit my weapons, or at least put unrealistic conditions on my right to bear arms. The 2nd Amendment has a provision to keep a “well armed & regulated militia” to protect us from government dictatorship or invasion. (The Japanese in WWII stop short of invading us for this reason.) Thank God our forefathers kept a musket handy, right?

What guns I possess is my business, not anyone else’s, thank you. Unless convicted of a felony or deemed mentally unfit it’s my right to possess said arms.

So I think we need to make Baker County a gun “sanctuary” much like New Mexico and some Washington counties and a growing amount of others. Because neither I nor you ever knows for sure what laws some people will simply choose to ignore.

In my very humble opinion.

Thomas Wilcoxson

Baker City

Spirit from girls state basketball title can spur neighbors to help neighbors

Wow! The picture on the front page of Monday’s newspaper was certainly worth more than 1,000 words (“The History Makers”). You helped everyone in Baker City to celebrate with the girls basketball team. Thank you.

If we, as a community, can come together to celebrate winning a state basketball tournament, maybe we could come together to help our neighbors who are overwhelmed or unable to accomplish the task of cleaning up their yards. I imagine several neighbors complaining about a nuisance property over the backyard fence and then agreeing to talk to the neighbor in need of help and volunteering to haul off the trash and spruce up the yard. A work party of neighbors would do a lot to raise spirits, not only for the person in need, but of those who come to help. At the end, maybe the smiles and hugs of those neighbors can rival those on the cover of your newspaper.

James E. Davis

Baker City

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