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February 13, 2014

Viewpoint: Climate change is real, caused by us

Hello, boys and girls, here’s the truth about climate change. Not only is it real, but we caused it. Ice cores drilled in the arctic show that CO2 was 280 ppm (parts per million) in pre-industrial times prior to the 19th century. But in the summer of 2013, climate scientist told the writers at Discovery the magazine of science we have now reached a milestone. CO2 in the mid Pacific measured 400 parts per million.

That doesn’t sound like much, but 800 parts per million will melt all the ice on Earth and raise the sea level by over 90 feet. You see, gasses like CO2 and methane resonate at the infrared frequency and trap heat from the sun. But as the planet warms, other things start to happen. The permafrost (which is frozen swamp land) in places like Greenland and Siberia start to melt also. As they continue rotting they release methane, which is 10 times worse at trapping heat than CO2. Eventually, frozen deposits of CO2 and methane hydrate numbering in the millions of tons, lying on the bottom of the oceans will start to melt making the water bubble like soda pop. And like soda pop dissolves your teeth, the oceans have already absorbed enough CO2, to began to dissolve coral reefs and crustacean like crabs, lobsters and oysters.

The climate scientist who predicted this would happen some 40 years ago said “If I’m right, we’ll start seeing records broken for rainfall, drought, heat, cold, storm severity and polar ice cap melt nearly every season.” Look around. Sir Brian Hoskins of the Royal Society said that the “400 ppm milestone should jolt governments into action.” The National Geographic noted “the level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is this high for the first time in 55 years of measurement, and probably more than 3 million years of Earth history.”

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  • Viewpoint: Panhandlers give wrong impression of our city First of all, let me start off by saying that I have as much empathy and compassion for those less fortunate as the next person.

    July 31, 2014

  • Viewpoint: Voters, especially seniors, should ask questions It’s that time of year again. Kids are getting ready for school, corporations are reviewing their semi annual reports and — yes — many seniors are filling out their absentee ballots. Some are voting because they are fed up with the status quo, some out of habit and some because they feel it is their civic duty.

    July 29, 2014

  • Viewpoint: Adding such a robust water resource with Mounds Lake would set us apart I have lived in Madison County most of my life, and for the past 14 years, I served on the Town Council in Pendleton, recently retiring as president. I have watched with great interest the happenings around the proposed Mounds Mall for a few reasons.

    July 26, 2014

  • Letter: Dr. David and Kay Mares are local treasures Throughout history we have had treasures that were not appreciated until years or centuries after their time. The lost art of Angkor Wat in Cambodia. The terra cotta men of China. Vincent Van Gogh was a failing, starving artist in his time. Now his works are some of the world’s most valued. Madison County has a prize of its own that should be recognized in its time.

    July 24, 2014

  • Letter: Reservoir promotion has circus approach P.T. Barnum is starting his tour to promote the reservoir by going to all the towns surrounding the dream. Rob Sparks is this town's P.T. Barnum.

    July 24, 2014

  • Letter: Repentance is key to surviving times What happens to a nation that refuses to repent before God? What happens to a nation that had strong Christian beginnings, but now more closely resembles Sodom and Gomorrah?

    July 24, 2014

  • Letter: Anderson's annexed areas still lack business On July 10, 2014, at the Anderson City Council meeting, the executor of the estate was shut off from speaking, because she did not live in Adams Township, and the person from Adams Township tried to get up and speak was not allowed to. The council rushed the vote for zoning the land for business.

    July 22, 2014

  • Letter: Birth control, abortion should be woman's choice Why are Republicans so gung-ho on restricting birth control and abortion? That's easy. Republican legislators are so unpopular because they don't legislate and literally block all bills that would help the middle and lower income classes.

    July 22, 2014

  • Bannon, Tom Viewpoint: Paramount is an investment that is paying dividends About 25 years ago the citizens of Anderson made a decision that would have a long lasting impact on the community. Instead of saving the old Paramount Theatre, which had fallen into serious disrepair, it was decided that the easy and prudent decision was to get rid of the building to create additional downtown parking. Shortly after the Paramount came down, the community got rid of another abandoned structure when the old Carnegie Building, which was the former home of the Anderson Public Library, was torn down.

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Letter: Wall Street should not be in politics Talk about corruption, ponzi schemes, we're looking at you, Wall Street, controlling the prices of our food, gasoline and clothing we must buy and about every company in America — while trashing President Obama, the Affordable Health Care Plan, along with every Democrat, to influence our elections, at the same time.

    July 17, 2014

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