2015-11-25 / Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Re: Climate change

In last week’s issue of the Jamestown Press, there is confusing, perhaps even misleading, reporting on climate change (“Detractors of climate change dwindling,” Nov. 19). For example: “for the first time in human history.” Wikipedia tells me that “recorded history begins with the accounts of the ancient world around the 4th millennium BC.” Is that what the writer meant? Or did we really record temperatures at a much later date? I am willing to guess it was a bit later, actually.

Facts matter.

“Critics are realizing the reality of climate change.” The intentional or sloppy use of “climate change” to mean “man is causing climate change” is very disturbing and wrong. Most everyone agrees climate changes, whether man is a significant contributor is still an open question.

What educated person believes that a single state has a capability to protect its citizens from any problem that is global in nature and global in root cause? The “something-has-to-bedone” crowd often put in “fixes” that are ill-conceived and costly. We need less emotion, and more calm reflection on this issue, not the pressing of emotional hot button by the press.

Voters should be concerned about asteroid strikes, which could be potentially much more damaging to our little state of Rhode Island. Should we start dumping millions into an anti-asteroid program?

Oops. I may have just give politicians a new ‘”hot issue.”

Brian Gardner
Port Avenue

Thanks for donations

The outreach committee at St. Mark Church maintains the food pantry for residents of Jamestown, and we wish to say thank you.

First of all, thanks for the overwhelming support of the people of Jamestown who graciously donated food for others. We were overwhelmed by the wonderful job done by the Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and their leaders in collecting and sorting multiple boxes of food. We are so grateful for their help.

We also wish to thank Mc- Quade’s Market for its collection of bags of food. We were able to supplement the Thanksgiving baskets, which were so generously donated from the Jamestown Rotary Club. The Rotary uses money raised by the bike race to purchase fresh turkeys and fixings, assuring that many people will be able to have a happy Thanksgiving.

We can’t forget the preschoolers and their teachers from the Jamestown Early Learning Center, who arrived at St. Mark with two wagonloads of food and big grins on their faces. They were so proud of helping. Not to be forgotten are the three kindergarten classes from Melrose School who saved their money and went shopping with their teachers to purchase food for others. Ms. Paula Noll, a teacher at Our Lady of Mercy in East Greenwich, and her children also contributed a basket.

We can assure you that many people benefit from your generosity.

Mary Berthelot
St. Mark Church

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