Climate change

is a fact — period

Re: the May 19 articles “Should Congress work to combat climate change?”

I was distressed to read your juxtaposing opinions regarding climate change giving equal weight to the argument that the planet is not warming. What next: Yes the world is round, no it’s flat; or, yes there are lessons to be learned from the Holocaust, no the Holocaust is a hoax?

It’s one thing to offer a space for diverse opinions (letters to the editor can serve that purpose) but another to give equal weight to opinions that dispute scientific fact. While we may disagree on how to address climate change as a nation, we must act both to mitigate the results and adopt strategies that help us adapt to a warmer, drier future, particularly in the Southwest.

Giving credence to such an opposing view fuels the fires of ignorance and gives those who would have us do nothing an excuse to leave the ever-worsening problems to future generations.

Stephanie Sklar

Development officer, Tucson

‘Climate change’ reeks of politics

Re: the May 19 articles “Should Congress work to combat climate change?”

Every reader should read every word of the “no” side of the editorial. Lots of facts and none of the political trash on the “yes” side. Especially interesting was the formula that warming advocates use to claim that 98 percent of Americans believe in global warming.

What was missing is that the scientists who push their theory are paid $3.2 billion a year in grants and salaries. If a scientist disagrees with the committee on climate change, they get not a dime. Give me enough money and I will say the moon is made of green cheese.

The last reliable figure I saw was that Al Gore had made over $700 million from global warming.

Darrel Thayne

Retired military, Tucson

Fitz’s cartoon

on teachers blew it

I am a Fitz Fan. However, he had the Thursday cartoon all wrong.

I would ask him to spend a long weekend with his own children for six to eight hours straight. Then I would ask that he add another 30 children to his group, making certain that they are diverse ethnically, intellectually and in their values.

Then try to convey some knowledge to his group. I predict that after just three days, Fitz would be happy to return to his easel.

Think about the teacher who has just spent from August through May with a similar class. Teachers are too tired, both physically and mentally, to be jumping for joy.

Besides, they are too busy looking for a summer job, trying to get their continuing education, and worrying about how to make ends meet for them and their family.

Sorry Fitz, you blew this one.

Ken Freed

Retired teacher, Tucson