Letters to the editor - 4/29/03

April 29, 2003

Let's prevent future droughts

To the editor:

Your April 26 article, "Officials say Tri-State's drought over" brought welcome news. What it didn't mention is that we have the opportunity to prevent drought in our area from becoming more frequent and severe in the future.

In order to prevent drought from becoming more common, we need to takes steps now to halt global warming. The blanket of excess carbon dioxide that currently envelops the earth, creating climate changes like drought, can be thinned to normal levels. Burning fossil fuels have thickened this blanket, but if we transition to clean energy now, global warming can be brought to a halt.

An immediate transition to reliable, clean sources of energy like wind, fuel cells and solar power will reduce carbon dioxide emissions, and help prevent an increase in the frequency of droughts in the future. Taking action now is the best way to prevent an increase in droughts in the future.


Melanie Schmidt
Washington, D.C.

One government best

To the editor:

Recent articles about government consolidation in your paper have gotten my attention. All of us would be better off if the whole of Washington County was governed by one body.

I was brought up in Baltimore County and things worked well there. The City of Hagerstown has died. It has nothing to offer people. It is not the fault of the city. The shopping centers and the Interstates killed all towns in the country.

Why beat a dead horse? It is now time for responsible people like yourself to begin the process of uniting the county for the good of all of us. To enlarge the city would be like having a larger hog.

M. L. Watson

Bad guys attack

To the editor:

In a letter in the April 2 Daily Mail, Karen Bales asked, "Why are you protesting?" I haven't protested Operation Iraqi Freedom, but I will explain why I oppose it.

The U.S. invaded a country that had been docile for a decade. Why? Our president offered various explanations, but only the "weapons of mass destruction" charge merited spilling American blood.

United Nations inspectors spent months searching Iraq, and found no WMDs. They found only short-range missiles that couldn't even reach Israel.

But let's assume Iraq has WMDs. And let's consider that Iraq has violated numerous U.N. resolutions. The same is true of Israel, our closest Middle Eastern ally. So our first- strike policy is hypocritical. It's also dangerous; it would trigger nuclear war if Pakistan or India adopted it. If President Reagan had used it vis-a-vis the Soviets, this planet wouldn't exist today.

Saddam Hussein was a despot who wanted only to die in bed. He had no incentive to harm us, because such would mean his doom. Now we want him dead no matter what, so we've removed his incentive for restraint.

I once believed we Americans were good guys; we didn't attack people. Bad guys attack, like Iraq in 1990, al-Qaeda in 2001, even North Korea and North Vietnam in the 1950s. Now we're the attackers, and we won't be able to explain that to the school children of tomorrow.

Zachary Bennett

Bush is great

To the editor:

George W. Bush is the epitome of leadership. He has strong convictions and strength of character. His decisions are based on his core principles.

He does not make decisions based on opinion polls, focus groups, or the current political winds. He is not the kind of leader who figures out which way the crowd is going and tries to get in front. Rather, as a real leader, he will do what he feels is best for the American people and let public opinion catch up.

People can understand that and respect it. This presidency has certainly been a refreshing change.

George Michael
Big Pool

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