I’m for freedom of speech, but it comes with some responsibility. The opinion piece by Victor Davis Hanson, “Global Warming — RIP?” (Oct. 27), is so filled with errors it would be better listed as fiction. Climate change is still a growing crisis.
Hanson is clueless.
As one example, when he says the planet has not heated during the past 10 years, he is reciting a myth. This past decade was the warmest on Earth in the temperature record, and the decade before was the second warmest. Go to any reputable science organization, such as the National Academy of Sciences, and you’ll see that every single scientist says human-caused global warming is real and we need to act. By burning fossil fuels such as coal and oil, we are adding greenhouse gases that are warming the planet and changing our climate.
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It’s reprehensible to write a column with so many errors, but it’s also critical that each of us takes some initiative to learn the facts. There are solutions, and many of them can offer cleaner air and water and less waste. I encourage everyone to come out Sunday to hear author Bill McKibben’s global warming talk at the Fremont.
San Luis Obispo
Even in our emotionally and financially depressed times, a few of us local neighbors can make a difference. Our Eighth Annual Junipero Haunting will feature 20 different sets this year, all guaranteed to scare or delight. We are featuring “The Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow” as our main theme. The Atascadero Desperados cowboy reenactment group, White Ranch riders and several young actors are all volunteering their time to make us a hit.
You will see a lot of imagination, a great production on a shoestring budget and a show of how a few people can give something of value to the community: a fun, safe family event that is still free of charge. (Any donations received will go to our local Boy Scouts Troop 226, who are working parking this year.)
The Junipero Haunting is Sunday and Monday from 4 to 9 p.m. at 8995 Junipero Ave., Atascadero. There will be a costume contest, pumpkin carving contest, scarecrow on the fence contest and of course, free candy. Call 466-1550 for details.
What is general aviation? It’s the FedEx or UPS package you received. It’s CALSTAR air ambulance saving the life of someone you know. It’s Cal Fire fighting forest fires. It’s Angel Flight volunteers transporting people to specialized medical centers. It’s the Sheriff Aero Squadron and Civil Air Patrol searching when we’re lost.
It’s Flying Samaritans providing medical care in foreign lands. It’s volunteer organ donor transportation when time is of the essence. It’s California Highway Patrol. It’s agriculture keeping us healthy. It’s San Luis Jet Center business flying to parts of the world. It’s the 1989 rescue and relief effort in Watsonville after the earthquake paralyzed ground transportation.
General aviation provided major relief in the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. It’s our local airports and the people who make a living in support of general aviation. In time of need, it’s the lifeline to our communities.