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Letters to the Editor

July 04, 2009

Low-cost energy makes U.S. power possible



To the editor:

Is anyone thinking?

The same amount of atoms of the element we call "carbon" are in the Earth today as at the beginning of time. Between 1 million and 400 million years ago, vegetation was buried in some cataclysmic event. Carbon dioxide absorbed from the atmosphere was stored in the vegetation and buried. We call it coal and oil now. We are simply returning a small amount of what was in the atmosphere. Rainfall dissolves much of the excess carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Rain and snow tend to form most quickly around particulate in the air.

Ask a "degreed scientist," and if he is honest (I have), you will learn the level of carbon dioxide was 20 times higher, at that time, than it is today. The difference between then and now is the coal and oil that has it stored underground.

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Carbon is at the center of all living things and the food we eat. Tests in biospheres indicated plant growth is accelerated with an increase in carbon dioxide. These tests were done many years ago.

What "power" is taking advantage of Americans who can't think or are naive? Who has done a valid model of the Earth's atmosphere to estimate the ability of it to thicken and absorb more than enough water to allow even more additional arable land and food production? At the equator, the atmosphere is many times deeper than at the poles due to the warmer temperature.

We were able to bring the "Wall" down because of our economic strength and Russia's inability to outproduce and support its military. An insurmountable force is the only "peace." It must be us (USA). We are "fools" to believe otherwise. Available low-cost energy is at the base of our "wealth creation." Is anyone watching and thinking?

James A. Martin
president
Martin's Famous Pastry Shoppe Inc.
Chambersburg, Pa.




Kindness is a wonderful thing



To the editor:

Kindness is a wonderful thing. May I share some things I have noticed and experienced.

While searching for something on the grocery shelf, a voice says, "Can I help you find something?" A bus driver steps out of her seat and helps lift an older person up the steps.

While on my knees outdoors searching for a small part of my watch, a voice said, "Are you all right?" I never did find it and now, I have an excuse to buy another one.

Spilling something in a restaurant and a voice says, "It's OK. I will take care of it and bring you another." Family members taking their hospitalized loved ones outdoors to enjoy the sky, trees and traffic on the street, bunnies and squirrels, and hear the concert of the birds.

My grandson telling me I make the best gravy. I should because it took me four years of trying to get it right. The secret is not to hurry putting in the flour paste. Encouraging me to write since it is the thing I love to do.

My grandson bringing home fudge bars, chips, cookies, hot and cold sandwiches, and all of our grocery needs. Notes and letters from my church friends. My daughter keeping track of my medical records, appointments, medication, etc.

Neighbors who share experiences and pray for my family. My kitty cat jumping on my lap to share a ride on my rocker or take a nap.

Bunnies sit and look at me. I wonder what they are thinking. Squirrels scamper up the tree.

Kindness is active and touches all ages. Thanks, kindness. We will keep you busy.

Frances Moats
Hagerstown




People will usually help others



To the editor:

I was waiting at the light on East Oak Ridge and Sharpsburg Pike Friday when I noticed a guy in my driver's-side mirror walking up beside my car.

My first thought was he was going to ask for money. When he got to my window, he told me I was getting a flat tire. I thanked him and felt really bad because when I reached for the button to open the window, I missed and unlocked the doors. I'm sure he thought I was locking the doors instead.

I would like to thank the gentleman. His warning allowed me to get the screw found in my tire removed and the hole patched. It saved me a lot of grief.

He also reminded me people will usually help others, and sometimes they will go out of their way to help.

W.H. Schaefer
Hagerstown




How to fix health care



To the editor:

In the United States of America today, there is only one group of individuals that receives universal health-care coverage. This group is the group of individuals that reside in our many prisons.

This begs the question of how is it possible we can find a way to see to it our many millions of prisoners are provided health care without any questions asked and we are unable to do the same for the rest of our population that has managed to avoid prison. It seems to me we might even be providing an incentive for some people to want to reside in jail, Free food, free clothes, free housing and health care, too. Am I the only person who sees something wrong with this picture?

Well, I think about this situation every day when I get up early and go to work to earn money to pay the taxes to support this ridiculous system.

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