Letters to the Editor
I am writing in response to watching a recent Clark County commissioner's meeting on television, mainly on the naming of Sen. Don Benton to director of the county's environmental services. Unfortunately, most of the citizens who spoke were against David Madore, Tom Mielke, and Benton.
Clark County commissioners and the county Board of Health are responsible for local health policy. As a recent retiree from public health, my experience as environmental services manager and lead for the Growing Healthier Report taught me that there is positive visionary community interest in creating the building blocks (e.g., active transportation, access to healthy foods, environmental quality) for a healthy Clark County.
Thank you Ruth Marcus for the May 16 column, "IRS scandal overshadows another failure by agency," stating that the true IRS scandal is its leniency in scrutinizing all political groups, not just conservative ones. My first thought, upon hearing of the scandal, was, "What? They're not also targeting liberal groups?"
A review of 12,000 papers on climate change, in the May 15 issue of Environmental Research Letters, found that 97 percent of scientists attribute climate change to human activities. Although we're unlikely to reverse climate change, we can mitigate its effects by reducing our driving, energy use, and meat consumption. A 2006 U.N. report estimated that meat consumption accounts for 18 percent of man-made greenhouse gases. A 2009 article in the respected World Watch magazine suggested that it may be closer to 50 percent.
I'm just curious why the new I-74 bridge across the Mississippi River between Illinois and Iowa, which includes a new eight-lane span and the supporting bridge approaches, ramps, and highway connections, has a price tag of $850 million and the Columbia River Crossing, even including light rail, is $3.4 billion? Read about the I-74 project.
Research is healthy advancement
Control our future with home rule
Provide amenities in state parks
Madore wrong about removing fees
Save the millions, exclude light rail
Raise the view on bridge height
Five is smarter than three
Democrats want to control our lives
Another option to fix loophole
Improve medical patient transport