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Letters to the editor – Tuesday (5-12-09)

The best basis
for our decisions
Ben Franklin said that there are no certainties in human affairs but death and taxes. But every day, we make decisions on the basis not of certainties, but probabilities. We go with the best available estimate of the situation.
Right now, our best estimate on global temperature is that it has been rising, and next year may well be warmer than this year.
Also, there is good evidence that as greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere increase, they add to global warming. Further, greenhouse gasses are produced by industrial activity and could be reduced by human efforts, if we put our minds to it. This would slow the rate of global warming. We don’t know how much, but does this mean we shouldn’t try?
Alternatively, we could comfort ourselves by thinking up reasons why global warming doesn’t exist, or is not our problem ó or tell ourselves that if it is our problem, we can leave it to our kids.
ó Dick Taber
Salisbury
Mow the grass
The city was set on putting the median down the middle of U.S. 70.
I drive that way to go to town or home, as I live off of U.S. 70. The grass is almost knee high. If the city had to have that median, why will they not mow the grass? It really looks good. The city said they wanted the median make Salisbury look better. Ha.
It is really ugly now with grass so high. Also, the sidewalk where no one lives is ugly, too. So please mow the grass.
ó Kay Flynn
Salisbury
Generous support
The eighth annual Food Lion American Red Cross Golf Class has just concluded, and I personally want to thank you for your significant contribution to this year’s event.
As chair of the local E.H. Dole Chapter board of directors, I wanted to thank you on behalf of the board, the staff and all of our Red Cross volunteers for your generous support of the Red Cross. Without people like you, the work of the Red Cross in ministering to fire victims, armed services veterans, conducting blood drives and providing opportunities for education and training would not be possible.
As of today, it looks as if our total revenue for the tournament will exceed $31,000. In the face of our economic situation, this figure is a wonderful testimony to the hard work of our golf committee and the great support of our local community.
You and many others like you deserve a great deal of appreciation.
Thank you again for your gracious support.
ó William K. (Bill) Adams
Salisbury
Adams is chairman of the board of the Elizabeth Hanford Dole Chapter of the American Red Cross.

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