Letters to the Editor

Mankind is ‘dancing’ with devil

To the Journal editor:

Might as well “Blame It On The Bossa Nova” as the malefactor creating our turbulent gaseous envelope, the one unresting element large enough to produce weather and subsequent disasterous exertions of force upon good ole’ (tolerant?) Mother Earth!

While it may seem to be a phenomenon of another physical fact of man’s fossil fuel consumption, the disastrous massive atmospheric disturbance producing the abnormal weather and climatological effects of it may well be the only thing massive enough in its productions of reactionary forces upon our world to effectuate those conditions!

“To every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction,” so sayeth the Physics 101 soothsayer! One of the axioms Sir Isaac Newton pronounced for the perpetually curious students of life, this one raises the admiration of thousands of developers bent upon exploring science In perhaps it’s most spectacular reaches!

However, our modern uses of the atmospheric and space properties may be taking us into a realm of contemplation far beyond our ability to bring scientific closure.

Of a truth, an apparent ‘global warming’ seems to be occuring. At the least, historic recollection relating to our pertinent history allows the acknowledgement that something is driving the normal quality of recognizable environment out of control. Citing systematic evaluation of scientific protocols must needs include all of the forces existent in the physical realm of God’s nature, in order to complete the study being evaluated in the global aspect suggested by modernists.

That mankind has found ways to engage elements in that nature in inclusions of such character as to produce a massive global effect is the suggestion that rings incredible to sane imaginations.

The scientific method of proof includes the whole of all elements to a question, in order to engage the credibility necessary to the realities inherent in the question! The captioned inclusion of activities relating to space, space vehicles and the thousands of jet engines in the skies is unquestioningly inclusive in the question, if only to offer comparison to the thousands upon thousands of production plants, freight and passenger trains, and households belching smoke into the sub-atmosphere, now being accused of containing changes from fossil fuel consumption, back during the world’s initial industrial revolution and its consequences.

The “Whole” is equal to the sum of its parts.” Euler had it, way back when!

Martin Hendrickson


Journal writer very helpful

To the Journal editor:

During early autumn, I requested help from you in preparing a report on the receipt of a medal from France thanking my brother for his World War II service.

You assigned Lisa Bowers to the task. She was a good choice because not only did she prepare a fine report but her deportment doing it revealed a sincere, cordial, congenial and helpful person. When I arrived in Marquette to meet with her and recommendation of taxi service to travel from my motel in Harvey to West Washington Street, she immediately offered to drive to my motel for our meeting.

There following her careful inquiries the data I provided and subsequent conversation provided a starting point, which she subsequently enhanced by further research preparing a comprehensive portrayal of my brother Howard.

He is as pleased as I am. Thank you again for the help your provided.

Hank Keskitalo


Climate change real and really bad

To the Journal editor:

On Jan. 24, I had the pleasure of watching the climate change documentary The Age of Consequences, presented at Northern Michigan University by the local chapter of Citizens Climate Lobby. I have always been a believer that global warming is real and that it explains the wild climate change we have seen in the U.S. and worldwide.

This film is a compelling wake-up call on how global climate change has negative consequences for U.S. national security. In the film, distinguished U. S. admirals, generals and veterans explain how climate change has caused droughts, fires, scarcity of water, crop failure and poverty in the Middle East, Afghanistan, Africa and elsewhere; and that these events have aggravated conflict, war and starvation, contributed to population migration from drought-stricken villages to cities, and refugees from Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq and Africa. The film’s Pentagon insiders then connect these events to the rise of ISIS. Seen in this light, climate change has a definite national security consequence.

In fact, the film points out that the U.S. Department of Defense has issued several studies on the topic. The DOD’s first study was issued by 11 retired generals and admirals in 2007 during the Bush Administration entitled National Security and the Threat of Climate Change. The DOD’s 2007 study finds that “The nature and pace of climate changes being observed today and the consequences projected by the consensus scientific opinion are grave and pose equally grave implications for our national security.” “Climate change can act as a threat multiplier for instability in some of the most volatile regions of the world.”

The 2007 study’s appendix states: “After considering the influences of the known causes of climate change-natural and human-induced-the significant increases in the average global temperatures over the last half century can be attributed to human activities with a certainty of more than 90 percent.” These findings were confirmed in a later 2015 DOD study entitled National Security Implications of Climate-Related Risks and a Changing Climate.

As the title of this alarming film suggests, “We are now in the age of consequences.” We all must take action on a local level by moving into solar, wind and direct electrical energy and on a federal level by encouraging our leaders to reinstate our participation in the Paris Climate accord. We have so little time.

Robert Anderson