Don't deny facts
Frank Wooten's column "Don't deny warming skeptics' right to deny" conflates the meanings of skeptic and denier. Their meanings diverge when it comes to science or history.
A skeptic understands his subject and has arguments he thinks rebut the majority opinion.
A denier has no particular background in the subject, doesn't understand the argument between the skeptical minority and the majority, but picks a side anyway and holds onto it come hell, high water or facts.
There are very few climate scientists who are skeptical about the observed warming being partly driven by our society's emission of greenhouse gases. They are not deniers, but they get closer each day.
Consider the argument they use that the warming is just natural variation. We know from boring the icecaps that the average concentration of carbon dioxide has not exceeded 300 ppm in 650,000 years. Yet today it's at 400 ppm and climbing. That's ironclad proof warming isn't due to natural variation.
We must face the fact that the typical nonbeliever in man-made global warming is a science denier, not a skeptic. And as such it is not overheated rhetoric to compare them with their cohorts: flat-earthers, geocentrists, creationists and in the historical field, Holocaust deniers.
Their behavior is identical. They repeat well-rebutted myths, such as the one above, and keep on repeating them despite correction. Like 2 plus 2 equals five, denial of man-made climate change is not a point of view; it's simply wrong.
David D. Peterson
The liberal shift
I'm writing in response to those who still believe in Obamacare. With the Gestapo tactics of Obamacare in full view, I'm wondering why freedom-loving people continue to plod along oblivious to the fact that Obamacare is the tip of a very large iceberg.
Despite a collectivist philosophy, liberalism has generally been willing to coexist with free markets and economic freedom. This was true of Democratic presidents culminating with President Clinton.
Obamacare, however, signals a significant shift in that position. Having the power of taxation, the Supreme Court's ruling that a penalty is the legal equivalent of a tax gives Congress unprecedented power. It now has the power to pass any mandate it wishes simply by including a penalty. This new power constitutes a Trojan horse directed at our economical system and the very fabric of the Constitution.
The Founders understood that central governments are inherently corrupt and a threat to liberty. An Obama administration laced with numerous scandals accentuated by Obamacare only validates their belief. With his signature achievement at stake, Mr. Obama didn't hesitate to make back-room deals and blatantly lie.
At the altar of federal power, Democrats insist that Obamacare is necessary for the greater good. To insure the uninsured, HHS mandated standards that every insurance plan must meet. Not meeting the new standards, five million Americans had their "substandard" insurance canceled.
Though the new insurance is more expensive, Democrats claim it is better because it meets their standards. In truth, the overcharge subsidizes the uninsured. For their own good, presumably, many Americans will be forced to buy insurance they don't need, don't want, or can't afford.
The president's one-year stay of execution changes nothing. With so many broken promises, canceled policies, disappearing doctors, missing hospitals, and shocking premiums, it's impossible to ignore the ideological implications of this liberal nightmare.
Unchecked, the continuing growth of liberalism can only lead to tyranny. As we have seen, it's not going to be pretty. Americans must decide:
Is a world of collective goodness and unlimited mandates the world they want for themselves, and their children and grandchildren?
Bring troops home
On Dec. 7, I could not help thinking of the same date in 1941. Known now as Pearl Harbor Day when the Japanese bombed our base in the Hawaiian Islands and surrounding islands, this unannounced attack resulted in the start of World War II.
That war ended in four years with many American losses, but there was no debt. We citizens paid for that war by the end of the war with war bonds and stamps which school children bought.
Now, beginning this year we have been fighting 14 years resulting in trillions in debt, enormous losses, and promises to return our troops. Why, I ask, when the tribal war has long been going on and will continue after we leave?
I say bring all our troops home now. We have more than kept our commitment. There are problems right here at home that our troops could help solve. I pray that we wake up to the uselessness of all these losses.
God bless our servicemen and women.
Deeper in debt
Our nation does not need an increase in the minimum wage law. It may well increase unemployment for the poor, the middle class and teen-agers or seasonal workers.
What our country needs is a government that will stop devaluing our American dollar so people won't have to tolerate a regime that "robs Peter to pay Paul."
The city of Detroit, Mich., is facing bankruptcy. It is $18 billion in debt. A major cause has been politicians trying to please everyone including themselves. I wonder how many trillions it will take before the United States of America declares bankruptcy?
At least the feds have printing presses that probably can print out billions every day, and acting before these dollars become worthless because of inflation, we just might save ourselves and our country if we get serious and start the process of electing statesmen to public office instead of politicians.
Kenneth Anderson Jr.
Help for vet
It is with joy and gratitude that I write this letter. I was recently working with a post-Korean Army veteran who was in a dire situation. The veteran's home had become infested with bedbugs. The double-amputee's family was unable to pay for the extermination services and did not know where to turn.
The Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center is privileged to have a number of community partner organizations that support our veterans.
Randy Bishop, the owner of All Pro Pest Management, Inc., rose to the occasion and graciously volunteered to help the veteran and his family.
Mr. Bishop provided the veteran with the extermination services at no cost, The cost of these extermination services could have easily exceeded $1,000, yet out of the kindness of his heart, Mr. Bishop rendered the services to a veteran in need.
The Trident Area Agency on Aging stepped up to the plate and furnished the veteran's family with a new mattress and box springs to ensure there was no risk of recurrent infestation.
I wish to thank our community for coming together to meet the needs of our veterans and to make others aware of the miraculous work being done in our community.
Social Work Intern
Ralph H. Johnson
V.A. Medical Center
I travel Riverland Drive and Camp Road many times weekly, at different times of day, and for the life of me cannot figure out why a roundabout in that area is necessary or desirable.
There isn't that much traffic, and I have never seen or heard of an accident there in 30-plus years.
There appears to be very little space on which to build one, without seriously encroaching on the creek, marsh, and someone's yard.
I want to meet some of these brilliant folks who run the illustrious S.C. Department of Transportation