Letters to the Editor

Readers react to global warming, Kansas education and the arts in Kansas City

CO2 threat to Earth

Now, ahead of the climate summit in Paris, which Sens. Mitch McConnell and Jim Inhofe already denounce without mercy, is a good time to fry a couple of the many red herrings floated by climate-change deniers, including nearly every Republican in Congress.

First — CO2 from human consumption of fossil fuels is nothing compared with CO2 from volcanoes. False. Humans produce 100 times more CO2 than volcanoes (30 billion tons per year versus 0.3 billion).

Second — The sun is causing climate change. False. Variations in solar output are small. Over the last several decades there has even been a slight decrease.

What scares me most is ocean acidification as CO2 dissolves into water, a 30 percent increase in the last 200 years, the merest blink of geologic time. Already, oyster beds near Seattle have been destroyed as oyster shells are dissolved in acid.

And in the next 100 years? God help the progeny of our foolish generation, which has been so easily misled by the potentates of pollution.

Ron Philo

Kansas City, Kan.

Global warming

I was shocked by the Oct. 13 letter responding to Thomas Friedman’s article on climate change in which the letter writer contends that “God, who created the Earth, would certainly not create man with the ability to destroy his first creation.”

I wonder whether the letter writer would respond the same about man’s desire to destroy his chosen people, the Jews. History tells us that some made a strong effort in the 1930s and 1940s to do just that, and there are nations in the Middle East, as well as radicals around the world, who would like to do the same.

And what about the religious tenet that says God gave humans free will to make their own decisions?

Greg Schell


Education losses

I didn’t ask for this. As a Kansas small business, I no longer pay taxes on my business profits.

I moved to Kansas 20 years ago because of the excellent schools. I no longer have children in the Blue Valley district, but I still find it painful to watch the effect of the ongoing school funding crisis. Some districts have had to shorten their school years, and all have had to cut back on programs and services.

Kansas has one of the nation’s lowest average teacher’s salary, and job protections were stripped. Experienced teachers are opting for early retirement, and new teachers are choosing to start their careers in more stable states. Who could blame them?

To ease this shortage, the state decided to allow some districts to begin hiring unlicensed teachers. There’s no doubt this will affect the quality of education for years to come.

An educated workforce is the key to economic growth in our state, not tax cuts for businesses and tax burdens for everyone else.

We can’t wait for the next election to fix this. Businesses need to step up now and do the right thing to support our community.

Ed Tranin


Great performance

On Oct. 11, my husband and I listened transfixed to a beautiful concert at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church by conductor Matthew Christopher Shepard and his Te Deum Antiqua ensemble.

When we walked into the dark sanctuary, my breath was taken away by the soft illumination of beautiful candles. Once the choir began singing, I felt transported into a ethereal realm.

Thank you, Matthew Christopher Shepard, and thank you, Te Deum Antiqua choir members, for your exquisite singing.

Thank you, Patrick Neas, for your Oct. 11 column, alerting us to the concert. We in Kansas City are lucky to have amazing talent and extraordinary cultural events such as this one.

Ann Martin


Trump as president

If Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump were actually elected in 2016 to lead the world’s only superpower, imagine him:

▪ At a peace conference.

▪ As commander in chief of our Armed Forces.

▪ Giving the eulogy after the next mass shooting.

I thought he was around just to insult our intelligence. I’m amazed at the people who are not insulted.

We’ve elected the first actor as president, the first African-American as president and what now?

The first clown?

Mary Newton

Prairie Village