Letter - Comment offered on two recent letters


Recent letters from Steve Singleton and Robert Jackson caught my attention.

I never conceived that I would ever agree with Mr. Singleton, but, he is right, there must never be any censorship of his repetitive and boring opinion letters. After all, the letters (including this one) are only opinions.

It would be nice for him to actually mention some of the books that “refute” or simply “deny” any human influence on climate change especially global warming.

As an antidote to such possible future references, I mention “Merchants of Doubt: How a handful of scientists obscured the truth on issues from tobacco smoke to global warming.”

Casting doubt is an industry and a lucrative one for PR firms. Fixing problems is expensive for the industries causing them. The book is available in our public library.

Mr. Jackson is a different issue.

His opinions verge on the edge of meanness. His use of needless adjectives reminds me of the shortwave broadcasts from the old Red China, the DDR, and Soviet Union. They always repeated a string of meaningless adjectives in front of every occurrence of the word “America.” It was quite funny to listen to them.

In regard to Benghazi, it was a consulate, not an embassy. Would Mr. Jackson accept the cost of placing a platoon load of Marines and a tank or two in front of every U.S. consulate in the world?

Finally, the timeline of the Sequester is: August 2011, Budget Control Act proposed by Obama, passed by the Congress; September 2012, Benghazi attack; March 2013, sequestration takes effect. Note that sequestration had no influence on there being means to prevent or deal with the attack.

Finally, the U.S. Constitution, Art. I, Sec. 7 specifies the route for all legislation. In particular, the president can propose what he will, but only the Congress can write and pass legislation especially funding and budget bills. The Republicans are equally guilty in the matter of sequestration and many tea party members seemed delighted with it.

Dick Swenson

Walla Walla


Iopine 1 year, 9 months ago

Mr Swenson - would we have saved four lives if Mr Jackson clarified the difference between consulate and embassy? Maybe you should send your letter to the White House to remind the President that he took an oath to uphold the U.S. Constitution which he seems to have had a memory loss.


downhillracer 1 year, 9 months ago

Please don't feed the annoying trolls, as evidenced by the namvet creature.


blommer 1 year, 9 months ago

Mr. Swenson, 4 brave Americans lost their lives to butchers due to the negligence of the Obama Administration. Does that mean anything to you, other than an opportunity to split hairs and dance around on the head of a pin in your constant defense of this inept Presidency?


Iopine 1 year, 9 months ago

Here's a little help on the Gov't funded scientists and the money they waste:


Just goes to show there are alternative solutions for when they delete 95% of this bloated government.


downhillracer 1 year, 9 months ago

The "Daily Caller". That's downright hilarious. I'll stick with the concurrency of thousands - yes, thousands - of actual scientists and their peer-reviewed research.. for me, NASA is a pretty good clearing house. As is the US DoD.

The "Daily Caller"? I could actually be embarrassed for you, if your commentary wasn't so akin to that of a circus clown.


Iopine 1 year, 9 months ago

Flaunting your pseudo-intellect makes one firmly believe that you would be much better suited for holding a sign promoting free Obamacare contraception.

Bundle up!


downhillracer 1 year, 9 months ago

'The good thing about science is that it's true whether or not you believe in it.

The problem in society is not kids not knowing science. The problem is adults not knowing science. They outnumber kids 5 to 1, they wield power, they write legislation. Whey you have scientifically illiterate adults you have undermined the very fabric of what makes a nation wealthy and strong.

-ND Tyson.


Iopine 1 year, 9 months ago

If you would like to try being civil thats fine.

As for science - I believe that science serves it purpose but the majority of science is unproven theories and I do not believe every theory that is given.

I'm not sure where your trying to go with this elder generation being illiterate? When I think of the older generation it goes to the pioneers such as: Dr. Salk, Einstein, Edison and even Henry Ford who utilized there theories and turned them into solid benefits for a thriving country. It doesn't seem to fit that the elder adults are trying to ruin any fabric due to the fact that they created it. Now if the Millennials would step up and try to provide prosperity and a future, instead of some trying to destruct we would not be in the position we are today.

Have a nice life.


Sign in to comment

Click here to sign in