Rotarians put service above self and work around the globe making the world a better place. The April 2019 Rotarian journal was dedicated to the importance of working on climate change because this issue impacts all those we serve around the globe and each one of us that is serving.

However, we are not moving fast enough to help keep the environment in its most livable form. This month, youth around the world are calling for a strike to help call attention to the fact that their future is in jeopardy. I support their efforts and encourage them and all of us to push for meaningful dialog and action by the powers that be and neighbor to neighbor.

Charles Hendricks

Harrisonburg

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Chief601

I read that temps were rising on Mars. It, of course, has nothing to do with the activity of the sun, it is really all the cars and cow gas passing. That proves global warming is real, right?

Whalebroc

It's a shame the Rotarians don't try to have the kids work on real problems of the world instead of this contrived IPCC hoax and "solutions". These are the same people who said we had to stop flying jets because of their contrails......the same ones who were attempting to control the weather.....the same ones who have given us 10 years to stop living or we would be past the tipping point and all would be lost.

Do we really want to spend trillions of dollars now on a possibility (slim at best) , and waste valuable resources and funds on a "solution" that will "solve the problem" by about a 1/4 of a degree, if that?

sbsheridan

Thank you for your letter and your encouragement to keep working on the very real, very serious problem of climate change. Might our president join in these efforts, now that he has seen (seemingly for the first time) the results of a category 5 hurricane that "touched down" in the Bahamas?

DANT

Are you saying Dorian was the direct result of man being on the planet? This is exactly the reason reasonable people can't have a conversation. This planets climate has been changing since it first began....billions of years, some of those changes have been catastrophic compared to anything man can do, but yet some think in less than 100 years of combustion engines and coal burning furnaces we will be doomed in the next 12 years! Cat 5 hurricanes occur every year but one hits the U.S. in an area it never has that we have on record and the knee jerk reaction of climate change nuts is....see its global warming! When the climate change nuts change their day to day and suffer without a/c, stop flying in private jets, owning three or four houses, eating all that beef, etc. then maybe some will take them more seriously...until that happens nothing will change!

sbsheridan

No, I'm not saying that Dorian is a direct result of man on Earth. My major point is that it's difficult to discuss such policy issues with a man who cannot recall THREE category 5 storms hitting the US in the last three years (even when he visited those sites), and who thinks that a hurricane that remains over the Bahamas for more than 24 hours is touching down.

DANT

Well I could not have told you the names of the 3 cat 5 hurricanes that hit the U. S. the past three years even though I'm sure I watched the coverage of them when they were happening.....so what? What would a hurricane be doing if not touching down over a land mass? Moving over it? Do tornadoes touch down? A hurricane is really just a huge tornado. You are really searching hard to put down the best President we've had in many years....why?

Programmer

Michael was upgraded to Cat 5 just before it made landfall. In April this year NPR reported that the previous Cat 5 to make landfall in the US was Anfrew in 1992. Stats show only 3 Cat 5s ever hitting the US.

Whalebroc

Thanks for researching Programmer......I was thinking the same thing, that something was off with that statement as well.

Programmer

Whalebroc, yes I had to look things up because there is too much misdirection on how things are described in the media.

Michael was only Cat5 for 30 minutes. Not that there aren't Cat5 storms nearly every year, but there are not really any significant statistical trends in changes of storms. Dr. Spencer's blog has a couple of posts in regards to storms and media.

bishopsboy

Dear Susan, we've always had category 5 hurricanes. How is this evidence of climate change?

prodigalson

Mufalme Bishop, please don't spoil M S's narrative by introducing logic into the discussion. You know that liberals don't use logic to make decisions, they use pure emotion. Life is easier that way, and it FEELS better.

sbsheridan

What are you guys talking about???? The point was: we have a president who claims he "has never heard of" a category 5 hurricane. But, I guess if you analyze and analyze and analyze, eventually you will find a liberal democrat as the instigator of the problem, right? It makes no difference if Trump knows the name of a hurricane (I never remember them) or if the hurricane was a category 5 for 3 minutes or 3 hours or 3 days ... the point is that, on occasion, Trump shows himself to be pretty clueless. (Did I really have to explain that???)

prodigalson

Well M S, frankly, there are times when you show yourself to be pretty clueless, like when you posted on this site that the first amendment to the constitution guarantees a woman the right to an abortion.

sbsheridan

Response to Prodigalson's letter of 9/7/19. Just what do you see as the purpose of this website? Expressing opinions about letters written to the editor or commenting on the abilities or personality of people who express their opinions? Yes, I made an error in an email that I submitted earlier this year, or perhaps sometime in 2018; I don't remember exactly. When the error was pointed out to me, I acknowledged I was wrong and apologized. Now you bring up that incident for perhaps the fourth time. What is your problem??? I don't keep track of errors made by other contributors to this website. Do you? Or perhaps I'm the only one that makes errors? Or perhaps you have a particular problem with me? These comments are abusive and it's time to let them go. Otherwise, I will ask the DN-R to take appropriate actions.

LVW

prod: That is a ridiculous statement.

DANT

M S you like to call or imply people who support our president are liars, dumb, misinformed, etc. but when someone calls you out for your clueless remarks you want to whine and threaten to report them to the DNR? What a spineless crybaby action that would be. If you can't take criticism then maybe you should take your ball and go play with those who only agree with you opinions!

sbsheridan

You are correct that I call out errors in the facts or logic that people use in their arguments. However, I am not in the habit of calling people names such as liar, dumb, clueless, or spineless crybaby -- a tactic that I see frequently in comments written by you and by those you congratulate for "good work," and which can be verified by a close review of messages we have exchanged. There is a huge difference between declaring that someone is misinformed in the facts he/she is using to form an opinion, and calling that person a liar, a hypocrite, or a crybaby. If you will not accept this from me, perhaps you need to be educated by a professional writer or editor.

Programmer

The point is that if Obama had the same standard applied as Trump we'd all be collecting our $2500 annual savings from the affordable care act.

The last Cat5 to make landfall in the US as a Cat5 was Andrew. After the fact months later updating Irma to Cat5 is revisionist history. And Michael for 30 minutes as Cat5 is not the same as all the other Cat5s that lasted hours and hours at Cat5. It would be helpful if the media could report facts.

R B Tate

Good work, DANT!

prodigalson

I agree. Good work indeed Dant.

DANT

Thank You!

prodigalson

Thank you Dant.

DANT

You are welcome!

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