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Summit Daily letters: Our voting rights and responsibilities

Our voting rights and responsibilities

As American citizens, we have the cherished right to vote. And, as citizens, we have the imperative duty to be informed about the candidates, issues and events that will impact the future of this republic for our children, grandchildren and all who follow.

Thomas Jefferson, one of our visionary Founding Fathers, once wrote, "Whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government; … whenever things get so far wrong as to attract their notice, they may be relied on to set them to rights."

Our nation is now at a critical crossroad. Internationally, hostile foreign governments are aggressively building their military capabilities, and dangerous radical ideologies are threatening our way of life. Nationally, political corruption permeates every level of government, and the media has openly become an instrument of propaganda rather than a "watchdog" for "The People." Our national debt is approaching levels that may soon become insurmountable. And the U.S. Constitution — the supreme law of the land that protects the unalienable, God-given rights of every individual — is under attack.

So what must we do as responsible citizens? We must make sincere efforts to research and learn the truth. We must seek out a variety of news sources that offer different points of view and report a wide variety of current events. We need to evaluate the fairness of news and editorial comments. We need to view candidates' speeches live or on YouTube to learn what candidates actually say, rather than rely on biased reports of their messages. For in-depth information, we can visit the websites of a variety of think tanks to learn about issues that concern us. We need to think independently, respect diverse opinions, and not be led by others.

What legacy do we want to leave for our children and grandchildren? It is our civic duty to be informed. The future of this blessed nation is in our hands.

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Re: Kaeli Subberwal's Aug. 23 column, "We cannot ignore climate change's role in LA. flooding"

Kaeli Subberwal claims alarmingly that global warming, i.e. climate change, is to blame for the recent floods in South Louisiana. I suppose we should add that claim to the list of the other 862 things claimed by alarmists to be caused by global warming, as shown at http://www.numberwatch.co.uk/warmlist.htm, which includes everything from the African Holocaust to zoonotic diseases.

Subberwal claims that increasing storms and other weather events are fact, but let's look at those facts. She mentions Hurricane Sandy, yet although that storm was widespread and caused a lot of flooding, it was barely a Class One hurricane, if that. Subberwal's idol, Al Gore, and a lot of other alarmists claimed we would see increased cyclonic activity due to global warming after hurricane's Rita and Katrina ravaged the Gulf Coast in 2005. What happened? By 2010 both worldwide and northern hemisphere cyclonic activity fell to a 30-year low. The United States has not seen a major hurricane, Class Three or above, in over a decade. Additionally, tornadic activity has been declining in our country for more than 50 years. If you don't believe that, check out the United Nations' own special report on extreme weather events, put out by their very own Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which stated climate was not growing more extreme. And I can show you all the data.

I lived in New Orleans for more than half a decade before moving to a significantly less humid environment in Summit County. Guess what? It rains and floods in south Louisiana, a lot, and did so long before anyone mentioned climate change. It's also rained and flooded in Texas and France before. Droughts have been happening in California since time immemorial, too, so if global warming causes more rain to fall as Subberwal states, how could it cause droughts, yet that is another alarmist claim? Has it ever occurred to Subberwal that reporting of such events has become more widespread due to technology and the only reason there is more destruction today is because there is more infrastructure to damage and more people in harm's way? I will forgive Subberwal's ignorance in the matter, since she recently graduated from government schools where her head was filled with nonsensical alarmism for 12 years. I would be happy to discuss climate reality with her sometime, especially regarding the 18 past years of no global warming despite all the media alarmism. What cannot be forgiven is the Summit Daily News regular staff who allow this alarmism to fly without a basis in reality.

Terry W. Donze

Author of "Climate Realism: Alarmism Exposed"

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