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Letters to the editor – Tuesday (12-29-09)

A lifelong love of newspapers
I, too, lament the dire business climate for newspapers. When I was in the fifth grade, many, many years ago, I took over a paper route in a small Indiana town. Every morning for four years, I woke around 5:30 a.m. to prepare my papers for delivery. While I “folded” my papers, I spread one of them on the floor and read it as I was working. That began my lifelong love and dependence on newspapers. I have a very difficult time beginning a day without a newspaper to read.
Of all the places my wife and I have lived during our 41 years together, I find the Salisbury Post to be the best small-town newspaper I have had the pleasure to read. You do a great job on covering both news and sports. My wife is a local artist at the Rail Walk Gallery, and we both appreciate your excellent coverage and support of the local art scene. Keep up the good work and best of luck during this difficult business time for newspapers. You deserve to survive!
ó Jerry Forthofer
Rockwell
Check climate dataWhere can the average person find an unbiased source of information on climate change during the history of our planet? Some would have us believe that humans have caused our planet to warm up, and this viewpoint is echoed by the national media. I would like to thank the Post for running articles and editorials on both sides of the debate.
Let’s look at some unbiased paleoclimate data. A nonprofit organization from the city of Page, Ariz., which is near Lake Powell, has a proposal to build a center to show off the region’s rich fossil deposits. It is to be known as the Page Paleontological Science Center. One of its Web pages confirms my viewpoint that the Earth has been much warmer in the past and also does an excellent job of graphing this change over time. It also details the variations in the sun’s orbit, which produces much of our planet’s climate variability. The Web page is http://www.lakepowell.net/sciencecenter/paleoclimate.htm. The first page shows that within the last 6,000 years the climate has been several degrees warmer than it is today. This data is compiled from thousands of geological and fossil sites all over the world. My only point of disagreement with the data was their politically correct statement that carbon dioxide is the No. 1 greenhouse gas. It is water vapor instead, and can be confirmed by the National Climatic Data Center, a U. S. government source. This is found at http://lwf.ncdc.noaa.gov/oa/climate/gases.html#INTRO.
The Page Center data also shows that temperature and carbon dioxide levels were correlated thousands of years ago. This is because temperature increase leads to an increase in carbon dioxide, not vice-versa as Al Gore presents. Please go to this Web site and check the past climate data for yourself.
ó Joe D. Teeter
Gold Hill
Christmas’ meaning
There have been several stories in the newspaper lately about people demonstrating the “real” reason for Christmas. Showing kindness to others, helping strangers, donating money are just a few examples. I haven’t seen anyone mention Jesus, the real meaning of the season. I hope everyone will stop for a minute to think about the birth of the Christ child and how his birth, life and death was solely for one purpose ó the gift of forgiveness for our sins and everlasting life with our Heavenly Father. I hope you have accepted his gift. May God bless you in the coming year!
ó Pat Smith
Salisbury

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