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Opinions: Dec. 6, 2018

Try taking a little walk on the right side 

Let me say up front that I am not a mean-spirited guy, but this letter is directed specifically at Bill Bagwell and the crew that sees with eyes wide shut. My purpose is to somehow open a door to those on the left and give an honest critique of President Trump. Sometimes God uses the no-nonsense, salty sailor to get the job done. Trump is the salty sailor. 

Appreciating what the man is doing doesn't mean we worship the salty sailor or even desire to be like the salty sailor. It doesn't even mean God admires the salty sailor. Maybe he just knows he's necessary for such a time as this. I believe that divine intervention placed the salty sailor in the White House and gave this nation one more chance in November 2016. Trump is what he is. He is still the man he was before the election and without guilt, I admire what the salty sailor is accomplishing. 

He's not like me. That's OK with me. I don't want to be like him. I will never behave like him. I know we've never had a man like him lead our nation. It's crazy and a little mind blowing at times, but I can't help admire the ability he has to act with his heart rather than a calculated, PC, think tank screened, carefully edited script. I still believe that is why he became our president and why he's been able to handle a landslide of adversity and still pass unprecedented amounts of good legislation for our country and do great works for many other nations. 

I'm thrilled with what he's doing for our nation, for the cause of Christ (whether intentional or unintentional doesn't matter to me) and for the concept of rebuilding America and putting her first. 

This man is crass. OK. He's not careful with what he says. OK. You feel offended that he's not a typical statesman. OK. He is rebuilding the nation a good many of my friends died for and the nation, I feared, was on a fast track to becoming a hopeless cause. 

Sometimes, Bill Bagwell, the glass is half full rather than the half empty glass you are looking at. Try stepping to the right a bit and open your eyes. 

Semper Fi, Bob Harrington 


Bipartisan effort needed in climate change 

The fourth National Climate Assessment was just released and it issued dire warnings about climate change. The report is mandated by law every few years and is based on hundreds of previous research studies. Hundreds of scientists and officials from 13 federal agencies wrote the report. The report emphasizes that climate change is due to humans causing an increase in greenhouse gases. The report says that without greenhouse gases, natural forces — such as changes in energy from the sun — would be slightly cooling Earth. 

It also says that we will have higher temperatures, heavy precipitation events, high tide flooding events along the U.S. coastline, ocean acidification and warming, crop loss and an increase in forest fires in the western United States and Alaska. Temperatures are expected to warm between 4.6 to 8.2 degrees by the end of the century, depending on how we react to the dangers from climate change, with resultant economic losses in the hundreds of billions of dollars annually by 2100. 

Yes, this is very dangerous to us and even more so to future generations — those are your children and my children and our grandchildren — and yes, it is due to the burning of fossil fuels, despite what others may claim. It seems to me that, if our government ordered an exhaustive test to understand climate change, we should heed its warnings while there is still time. 

The good news is that we actually can solve this problem. Economic studies show that a national revenue carbon fee and dividend plan will actually grow our economy and put more money back into the average American’s pocketbook while at the same time being the best means to combat climate change. 

A bill, with joint Republican and Democratic sponsorship, was just introduced in congress to do just that. I hope and pray that congress will act on it. 

Vernon Dixon, MD 


2018 was year of diversity in our elections 

Trump said the 2018 midterms would be a referendum on him. After the results he declared, “It’s a near total victory for the Republicans.” Is he lying? Democrats flipped at least 37 congressional seats, at least seven governorships, won back control of seven legislative chambers and flipped more than 370 state legislative seats. 

The biggest winners are women and diversity. There are now more than 100 Democrat women in Congress. This includes the first two Muslim women, the first of two Native American women, the first two Latinas to represent Texas and the first two African American women to represent Connecticut and Massachusetts. We have new female members from the red states of Kansas, Iowa, Florida, Texas, Georgia and Oklahoma. 

From the LGBTQ community are first-time congress persons Native American Sharice Davids of Kansas, Angie Craig of Minnesota, Katie Hill of California and Chris Pappas, of New Hampshire. Others include Kryston Sineca, winning the Senate seat in Arizona and becoming the first Democrat in 20 years to do so. Oregon governor Kate Brown won re-election. Sen. Tammy Baldwin, of Wisconsin, retained her seat. In Colorado, Jared Polis became the first openly gay man to be elected governor. 

The real kicker was Orange County, Calif., the largest Republican county in America known as “The cradle of modern conservatism.” They haven’t voted for a Democrat president since 1927. Every congressional district flipped from red to blue. Not a smudge of red exists. 

Seems their folks don’t like Trump’s behavior and his message of hatred and division. Looks as if openmindedness, inclusion and kindness trumps close-mindedness, prejudice and bigotry. 

Mickey Cochrane 


Letter writer’s opinions printed too often 

I have had an article published on your opinion page and appreciate your decision to publish it. I read each edition of your newspaper and especially the opinion page. I still think it is slanted more toward liberal than conservative ideology, but now and then you do publish letters from conservatives. In judging the content of letters that you publish, I give more credibility to those that are not strictly one sided and give credit to where it is due and also offer critical analysis of issues. 

Based upon the above, I find that one of your frequent opinion writers, Bill Bagwell, has not one word of praise for any accomplishments of President Trump. As we know, there are many accomplishments of this president and not to acknowledge even one of them makes his opinions worthless and therefore he completely lacks credibility 

He puts his politics as a Democrat above critical thinking. He tends to send in numerous articles that he has written and they are published frequently on the opinion page. It is unfortunate that you publish articles by the numbers rather than by their content. 

Jim Finley 








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