Summit Daily letters: Liddick stoops to a new low
Liddick stoops to a new low
Morgan Liddick is wrong, as usual. Without any proof whatsoever, he asserts that “(f)or decades the left has labored diligently to persuade us and our children that our country is not worthy.” He falsely and ridiculously mangles an anecdote that 40 percent of U.S. students don’t know about the American liberation of Nazi concentration camps to be the result of some sort of liberal conspiracy and intentional effort to portray our country, rather as a beacon for the rest of the world, instead as “wrong … criminal … evil.” This is typical Liddick: Make up complete and utter BS to slime the left. In another passage, Lying Liddick suggests that the left objects to corporations avoiding paying their fair share in taxes only if they are run by conservatives, ignoring the uproar from all sides, including the left, over Google doing just that. Why does the Summit Daily News allow him to spew this nonsense unchecked, without any sort of requirement for a factual basis? Here’s the truth: Since before Woody Guthrie sang “This Land is Your Land,” we on the left have loved our country, but we want it to be better. We want fairness for all people. We want that the wealthiest nation in the world provides excellent education, top-notch health care and equal opportunity for all of its citizens. Why Liddick feels compelled instead to make up his own nonsense that fits his dark little view is beyond me. To apply his own words, Liddick “continues spewing (his) tiresome hogwash, now with a shriller undertone of ignorant self-righteousness.”
The unknown cruelty of the dairy industry
Mother’s Day, on May 12th, celebrates the cherished bond between mother and child. But mother cows, very icons of motherhood, never get to see their own babies.
Newborn calves are torn from their mothers at birth and turned into veal cutlets, so we can drink the milk that was meant for them. The grief-stricken mother cows bellow for days, calling in vain for their return.
Dairy cows spend their lives chained on concrete floors, with no access to the outdoors. Each year, they are impregnated artificially, to maintain production, and milked by machines twice a day. When production drops, around four years of age, they are ground into hamburgers.
Dairy products are laden with cholesterol, saturated fats, hormones, pathogens, and antibiotics, leading to obesity, diabetes, heart disease and stroke. Most African and Asian Americans lack the enzyme for digesting dairy products.
But help is on the way. Food manufacturers throughout the world are developing excellent nut and grain-based dairy products. U.S. sales alone are expected to exceed $2 billion.
This Mother’s Day, let’s honor motherhood and compassion. Let’s replace the products of cow misery with delicious, healthful, cruelty-free plant-based milk, cheese and ice cream products offered by our supermarket.
The limitations of green technology
I completely agree the world would be a better place if the air were cleaner, the oceans less polluted, and the wilderness was not threatened with destruction. Everybody wants to be “Green,” “Think Globally, Act Locally” and all that. Unfortunately, green energy comes at a cost most people without engineering backgrounds rarely consider. Where do you think batteries for your electric cars and buses come from? The amount of CO2 produced mining the raw materials, refining the raw materials and producing batteries is hundreds of times the CO2 spared driving an electric vehicle. Yes, we have cleaner air locally, but the global pollution and environmental impacts are staggering. Plus, batteries wear out and need to be disposed of in landfills. Presently, recycling lithium batteries is not a viable enterprise.
Let’s also consider the limitations of green energy technology. Energy produced by solar panels needs to be stored in batteries, because as everyone knows, the sun doesn’t shine all the time; however, for every 10 units of energy used to charge a battery, only 8 units comes out. A 20% loss. If we are connecting large solar and/or wind farms to the grid, there is energy loss in the transmission lines. Keeping energy supply in balance with energy demand is a complicated process requiring a reliable source of energy to run the power plants when the solar and wind farms aren’t up to the task, aka fossil fuels, nuclear or hydroelectric. You may be plugging in your electric car or bus here in Summit county, but the energy is coming from a power plant near by.
Don’t take my word for it. A very enlightening article published May 3, 2019 by City-Journal.org entitled, “Want an Energy Revolution?” gives a layman’s explaination of the physics behind energy production.
Yes, I want the world to be cleaner and greener, but not by having Summit county investing in deceptive renewable energy technology. Switch to LEDs, get rid of redundant street and parking lot lamps, have a home energy audit, drive a hybrid or have better traffic light timing. Low cost, high reward.
Winter seems fine to me
Re: Summit County adopts community Climate Action Plan, Summit Daily News, April 6.
You state, “Summit County has a stronger interest in mitigating the effects of climate change than many other communities.” Funny, I haven’t heard much this spring from those two environmental alarmist groups, Save Our Snows and Protect Our Winters. Instead, we see headlines such as “Skier visit totals break records,” “Rocky Mountain highpoint,” “Big Winters For Ski Resorts” and several articles noting the abundant snowfall here and across the nation, rafters getting ready for a super spring runoff, people dying trying to remove the huge snow buildups on rooftops, and private snow removal companies raising rates because of all the snow. Could it be that the drought we went through was not due to man but due to the change in the jet stream? Duh.
Terry W. Donze
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