04-07-2007: Letters to Editor

Despite tornado, she was tucked safely into bed
On Friday, March 23, 2007, a tornado struck Logan where I live at Autumn Blessings Assisted Living. Elderly people in poor health are not easy to take care of in normal times. The staff and owners did an outstanding job. There was some damage to the building but we were instantly taken care of.
Ken and Dell Willis and Dr. James Saltz and his employees were all there in minutes. Families were there, also. Generators were brought in for electricity. We were wrapped in blankets and kept safe and warm during this emergency. Food was sent to us for our supper from Del’s Restaurant. The meal was great. By 9:30 p.m. we were tucked in our beds safe and sound. We were checked on all night to be sure we were OK.
I have never seen such caring by volunteers. Logan and Tucumcari are made up of good people.
Thank you to everyone.

Gladys Blacklock

What’s your rationale for belief in global warming?
The editorial “Experts are locked in a heated debate over global warming” in the March 24 issue of the Quay County Sun pooh-poohs the idea of global warming and attacks Al Gore, the messenger. It winds up by saying the “bad ole government” wields enormous power to regulate industry and impose tax penalties. And as part of its conclusion, the editorial states: “Draconian acts are onerous enough without basing them on faddish notions”.
On Friday, Feb. 2, 2007, a report by the leading international network of scientists concluded that global warming is a fact. The chances that it is caused by man are more than 90 percent. The report was compiled by scientists from all over the world. There was no major dissent among the scientists. U.S. Sen. James M. Inhofe, R-Okla., issued a news release headed, “Corruption of Science” rejecting the report as a political document. He has been called the dumbest man in the Senate.
The scientists’ report says the global climate is likely to warm 3.5 to 8 degrees if carbon dioxide in the atmosphere reaches twice the level of 1750 – prior to the industrial revolution. Many energy and envoirnmentalists foresee a doubling of that or worse if we do not change what we are now doing.
 The report also says there is more than a one in 10 chance of a much greater warming. A risk, experts say, is far too high to ignore.
The rise in global sea levels is predicted to be between 7 and 23 inches by 2100 and continue to rise for at least 1,000 years more. The sea levels rose 6 inches to 9 inches in the 20th century. The report says: “Should green house gases continue to accumulate in the atmosphere at even a moderate pace, average temperatures, by the end of the century, could match those last seen 125,000 years ago – at which time the sea levels were 12 feet to 20 feet higher than they are now.” The report is on line at http://www.ipcc.ch
John P. Holden, energy and climate expert at Harvard, said, the report “powerfully underscores the need for a massive effort to slow the pace of global climactic disruption before intolerable consequences become inevitable.”
There is no heated debate by experts – only by groups whose ideology does not accept science.
Carl Sagan, a renowned astronomer and physicist, said sometimes we treat our world as if we can trash it and move to another planet.
Leon Logan