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Maybe it’s time to reconsider theory on global warming

Thursday, January 16, 2014
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Maybe it’s time to reconsider theory on global warming

Ann McFeatters’ Jan. 12 op-ed, “It’s time to face facts: climate change is really happening,” is a bit of an insult to the intelligence of many people who have a little longer memory than just yesterday.

For those who lived through the winter of 1969-70, where temperatures dropped to minus 25 [degrees] for over a week in upstate New York, and the all-time record amount of snow — 120 inches — fell, this polar vortex was not all that out of the ordinary for what used to be considered the norm in northern New York.

Even as a kid in Virginia, I remember zero-degree days and freezing temperatures. Now they close schools when temperatures are forecast for 10, as was done in some northern Virginia schools for the polar vortex!

When “nine out of 10 scientists” supposedly subscribed to global warming some 20 years ago, they were acting on faulty data (some of it deliberately manipulated) that has been debunked many times during the last 10 years. The fact there has been no global temperature rise during the past 17 years should be a wake-up call to the harbingers of global warming. The change from global warming to climate change suggests these folks were leading us astray.

This winter, the science research ship to Antarctica was [sent] to measure the thickness of the ice under the premise that it was thinning — when the opposite is actually true. At last report, the ship and at least one rescue ship were still stuck in the ice. The thickness and spread of ice in Antarctica has not grown smaller, but rather has grown larger.

So, Ann McFeatters, there is plenty of room for disagreement among scientists over what is happening in the highly complex study of the world’s climate. One must keep in mind also that the money to fund a lot of the scientific study goes to people using the proper buzzwords. There isn’t much major grant money going to scientists whose thesis is to refute climate change and global warming.

We need to remember that the climate is always changing, making that word a bit of an anomaly.

There are some who believe this is another effort to redistribute wealth from the rich countries to the poor and help create global government.

I, like most people I know, am an environmentalist and want the best for our Earth. But I want it with a dose of reality and I want healthy debate, not a fiat decreeing an early result. Maybe the “Fat Lady” hasn’t sung yet!

Gerard F. Havasy

Clifton Park

Parcel post policy tough on rural customers

Awhile ago, some major online retailers like Amazon made deals with FedEx, UPS and the U.S. Postal Service. Everyone, it seems, has benefitted from these deals except the postal customer.

In another brilliant move by the Postal Service, the Albany Division’s upper management issued a directive just before the holidays basically stating that large parcels will not be delivered to those residents who have long driveways that are not circular driveways. Under the guise of safety, they do not want the carrier to back up a few feet and turn around.

Here in Richmondville, UPS and FedEx drop the parcels off at the post office between 10 and 11:30 a.m. So if you ordered a large parcel, say from Amazon, and FedEx dropped it off at the post office at 11 a.m. Monday morning, there is a very good chance the carrier has left for the day and your parcel will just sit there all day.

Tuesday arrives, and since you have a long, non-circular driveway, you will be getting a slip in your mailbox telling you your parcel is waiting for you at the post office.

Now if you’re at work or live near the end of the carrier’s route, you’re out of luck because the window hours are only 9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. So the earliest you’ll be able to get your parcel is Wednesday — hope you didn’t order any perishables.

Is this any way to operate a service? I think not!

Paul Volsky

Richmondville

Cuomo wrong to give businesses free tax ride

In proposing no taxes for corporations, Gov. Cuomo may be defanging Republican opposition, but he could be opening the door to challenges from his own party in this year’s race — the astute Comptroller Tom DiNapoli; the ambitious Attorney General Eric Schneiderman; maybe former Gov. David Paterson; and myriad obscure legislators and mayors.

Such a no-tax policy would be seen as a capitulation to old-time feudalism, where only the peasants foot the bills. Since factories would be treated like churches, perhaps one day when passing them, we will cross ourselves and pray for jobs.

David Childs

Johnstown

Why do cats have more rights than people?

Four years ago I wrote to Assemblyman Jim Tedisco, sponsor of Buster’s Law’s. He kept saying the bill should be strengthened; I told him the bill should also protect people.

My problem was cats coming over my fence to my garden, and digging up plants and relieving themselves there. There was not a thing I could do about it that would be legal.

I suggested that he put a requirement in the law that cats be on leashes, and also licensed: Make the owners pay a fine, and damages to the people [victimized] by cat damage. If you’re protecting the cats, also protect the rights of people.

I told him that he gave the cats more rights than I, who fought for this country in World War II to keep our freedom and rights.

As of this writing, he hasn’t done anything to support rights for people. The next time he runs for assemblyman, see how many votes he gets from cats.

Vincent Belardo

Albany

Contraceptive coverage contradicts nuns’ work

Re letters against Little Sisters of the Poor policy not to support birth control: Little Sisters of the Poor have been actively supporting life, especially for the most vulnerable, for over 150 years.

I was employed by the Little Sisters in several capacities and am grateful for my experience with them.

Why would anyone who does not agree with their mission apply to work with and for them?

Jim O’Connor

Rotterdam

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