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Letters to the Editor

November 12, 2009

We'll pay more if climate change doesn't happen



To the editor:

I read with interest James Warner's letter alleging the upcoming Copenhagen climate conference could alter operation of the U.S. Constitution (Thursday, Nov. 5, page A4).

I have heard his argument before - that some treaty will result in the loss of some cherished activity or loss of sovereignty and that we are marching toward a one-world government. In fact, I've heard this story repeated my entire life and it no longer rings true. Warner's history lesson was good, but his thesis was weak.

First, I do not believe Americans, in general, would stand for outside tampering. I know I wouldn't. And as Warner points out, neither has the U.S. Supreme Court. We can achieve climate change in harmony with our laws, treaty or not.

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Second, treaties have flexibility allowing wiggle room. Even within the European Union (EU), which supported and signed the Kyoto protocol, the success of its members at carbon dioxide reduction varies. Denmark, for example, has cut its emissions 19 percent while Spain has increased its emissions 49 percent (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kyoto_Protocol).

Interestingly, Denmark is the fourth richest country in the EU, while Spain is 13th (http://internationaltrade.suite101.com/article.cfm/richest_european_union_countries). But if you listen to Warner, Denmark, which cut emissions, should be a third-world economy and Spain, which increased emissions, should be a powerhouse. Not so.

The biggest threats to our Constitution are home grown. There are petitions circulating to amend the Constitution, most of which are ideologically based and would likely destabilize the United States.

I do not deny that we will pay for climate change. But we will pay more if we do not - economically, environmentally and in human misery.

Larry Zaleski
Hagerstown




Bartlett must vote for health care reform



To the editor:

I am lucky, as a retired federal employee, to have good health insurance, just as U.S. Rep. Roscoe Bartlett does.

Sadly, in my volunteer work, I see many Washington County residents who, through no fault of their own, do not have insurance or reliable health care. I was disheartened to see my congressman on television leading a rally of opponents to health care reform. Nonetheless, the House passed a bill on Nov. 7 that should make health insurance more secure and affordable for many Americans, expand coverage and lower costs for families and businesses.

I can only hope that Bartlett will see the light and support families in our county by voting for reform in the final House vote.

Steve Weiss
Boonsboro




New judge gives thanks for voters' support



To the editor:

I would like to express my sincere appreciation to the people of Franklin and Fulton counties for their support of my judicial campaign. I am both honored and humbled by the great responsibility with which I have been entrusted by the voters of the 39th Judicial District.

It has been a pleasure to travel the two counties and meet so many people that I would not otherwise have had the opportunity to meet. I have learned so much about our wonderful community.

I would also like to thank my family, friends, neighbors and especially my campaign committee for their help and support. Many, many people worked tirelessly to help me achieve my goal, and for their assistance and constant encouragement, I am grateful.

I look forward to serving the people of Franklin and Fulton counties as a Common Pleas Court judge.

Angela Rosenberry Krom
Waynesboro, Pa.

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