Letters to the editor for April 23

April 22, 2014 

Climate report is frightening

This great country we call the U.S.A. is leading the world like drunken drivers toward a global crash. It won’t be pretty.

The United Nation’s Panel on Climate Control has issued its fifth assessment. In a nutshell, it speaks of environmental Armageddon. The report proves to all who will listen that irreversible ecological damage is happening on every continent. The rate of damage to our life support is accelerating exponentially.

It will require strong personal, national and international commitment and leadership to change old habits. Mindless growth in world population, reckless use of natural resources and the rush to materialism are the major culprits for spoiling the Earth.

Where do we start to make it better? It begins with us. We, making our voices heard in the halls of legislation. We, shouting down the Rush Limbaughs, the hordes of lobbyists, the coal barons, the warmongers, the protectors of the vast military-industrial complex and the powerful politicos.

It will be an uphill battle. But it is one we citizens must win if we care for our grandchildren. And, if we care for all creatures, large and small.

Harry Dalton

Rock Hill

Graham isn’t conservative

U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., gets an A-plus for his ability to work a crowd but low marks for being a conservative.

All the check boxes were marked off at Mr. Graham’s barbecue speech Thursday night. He attacked President Obama, Obamacare, Hillary Clinton, Benghazi, Harry Reid and Eric Holder in a mater of minutes. And let’s not leave out the patriotism.

Mr. Graham said he had more than a few questions for Hillary and Mr. Holder, but he did not allow us, his constituents, to ask him questions. Mr. Graham proceeded to demonize the Affordable Health Care Act as a program to overcharge the middle and upper class to subsidize insurance for everyone else. That is, by definition, socialism.

But Mr. Graham’s solution to save Social Security is for the wealthy not to receive benefits. Social Security is not welfare. Everyone who draws a paycheck has contributed as his or her employer also has. So Mr. Graham’s fix for Social Security is no different from President Obama's fix for medical insurance. “From each according to his ability, to each according to his need.” It seems the only requirement for being a Republican is that you stay to the right of Karl Marx.

The constant values of conservatism are used as bargaining chips to compromise with the liberal agenda. As the liberal agenda slowly and methodically becomes more radical, the “compromise” moves further away from the principles of liberty and freedom.

Brad Smith

Rock Hill

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