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Letters to the Editor

December 17, 2009

Copenhagen Treaty must be rejected



To the editor:

I encourage the rejection of the Copenhagen Treaty. Its premise is flawed. It places burdens on the United States while allowing other industrial countries, such as China and India, to remain unrestricted. Even if enacted, the science is inconclusive whether this would cease climate change.

In our country, there are some in Congress who want to pass laws that limit the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere. They claim that CO2 is a pollutant. That is a myth and absolutely false. There is no scientific proof that CO2 is a pollutant.

Here's what I am telling my representatives in Congress:

1. Slow down - The rush to label CO2 as a pollutant or pass cap-and-trade legislation will hurt our nation's economic recovery

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2. Know the science - There is no scientific evidence that CO2 is a pollutant.

3. CO2 has benefits - Higher CO2 concentrations actually help ecosystems support more plant and animal life.

4. Other factors involved - As for the greenhouse effect which warms the Earth, CO2 is not even close to being the most important of the greenhouse gases. Most of the greenhouse effect is due to water vapor, which is about 30 times as abundant in the atmosphere as CO2 and has a much larger greenhouse effect.

5. CO2 is green - More importantly, it has been proven that higher levels of CO2 result in more plant growth as well as less water being required for plants to grow faster and larger.

6. CO2 supports life - While CO2 accounts for less than 1 percent of the atmosphere, CO2 is essential to life on Earth. In fact, we all exhale CO2 and enjoy it in our carbonated beverages.

Patricia Dolan
Cascade




Forsythe family seeks continued prayers



To the editor:

A heartfelt thank you from the family of Joshua Forsythe, a Williamsport High School sophomore, who was diagnosed on Sept. 5, 2008, with a rare type of cancer called Ewing's sarcoma.

We, the family, would like to acknowledge all of the churches, private groups and individuals who have kept Josh in their thoughts and prayers. We were hoping that we would be able to report a complete recovery from this disease by now, but at this time, however, Josh is still fighting the fight.

He is, at the present time, getting ready for treatment with the cyber knife (radiation) and will soon be involved in a clinical trial to kill the cancer that has returned to his right lung.

The Christmas season surely is a time for miracles and we would greatly appreciate continued prayers for Josh. He has been such an unwavering, faithful and trusting child of God through the past 15 months.

We sincerely want to thank everyone who has been with us on this trying journey and we want to wish you all a very merry Christmas.

The Forsythe family
Williamsport




Join the side of the heart while you still can



To the editor:

Any form of destruction, however you frame and justify it, is evil.

The heart knows only how to embrace and uplift. War is evil in action. Who do you think you're kidding? Not me and not all of the awakening people, which is growing by leaps and bounds.

The more you squeeze us with poverty, the more we wake up. We have chosen not to be moved by fear, so take note, the gig is up. You might as well join on the side of the heart while you still can.

Sharon Goodwyn
Hagerstown

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