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Letters to the editor from the week of April 10

Published: Friday, April 11, 2014 at 5:37 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, April 11, 2014 at 5:37 p.m.

Loving Harlan Osborne’s column

EDITOR: I just wanted to take a moment to say how much I enjoy Harlan Osborne’s column, Toolin’ Around. It’s always the first thing I flip to in the paper so I can hear stories of the people that made Petaluma.

I love how he paints a picture of these people’s lives, and how different the town was in decades past. I’ve only lived in Petaluma for a few years, so it’s fun for me to get a taste of what it used to be like.

Our seniors are treasures and they have wonderful stories that should be told and shared. Harlan is a wonderful writer and does such an apt job capturing the little things that bring these stories to life. I do hope it’s something that can continue for years to come.

Dee Nelson, Petaluma

Vote ‘Yes’ for home dairies

EDITOR: Please support Assembly Bill 2505, which would permit a home dairy farm to share, exchange, or engage in the direct sale of raw milk. A “yes” vote supports the rights of citizens to make their own choices in regard to food.

It is not in the interest of liberty that governments overreach — in the name of safety — and in so doing diminish through regulation the responsibilities and pleasures of a free people.

David Soloway, Petaluma

Are we addicted to fossil fuels?

EDITOR: As carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases increase in the atmosphere, the balance point where the radiation striking the earth equals the energy the earth radiates back into space goes higher in elevation. As this balance point goes higher, the average temperature at the surface of the planet rises proportionally. Climate scientists have predicted and studied this effect since at least the year 1896, and they now understand it very well.

This basic mechanism that gives rise to global warming is indisputable. But most of society, ignorant of this basic science, listen to the special interest lawyers that argue against climate change instead of the scientists that understand it. People imagine that because winter in some part of the planet is extremely cold that this throws doubt on global warming. It doesn’t. Measurements of worldwide temperature, snow and ice cover, and ocean warming/acidification clearly show that warming and other harmful greenhouse effects are happening fast.

Despite readily available alternatives, people are addicted to fossil fuels like Amy Winehouse and Philip Seymour Hoffman were addicted to heroin. They may deny their addiction, deny it’s a problem. But like with those two artists, the consequences will arrive faster than they imagine.

Massive ocean die-offs are already occurring due, at least in part, to increased carbon dioxide absorption, and many ocean scientists fear that most ocean life will disappear within this century. People who drive gas guzzlers imagine that big vehicles better protect their children. But the evidence indicates they are destroying their grandchildren’s chance for life on a viable Earth.

Andy Ferguson, Petaluma

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