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Letter: It's the environment

Hallelujah! Somebody else is awake! Thank you, Richard C. Lindahl of Spicer, for pointing out that, as stewards of God's great creation, we have been miserable failures, even though we've improved some, and Republicans couldn't care less.

In truth, environmental issues have not even been mentioned in all the debates and discussions in this election year insanity. Whenever you even mention global warming to a Republican, they look at you with this condescending arrogance that says, "You're kidding, right?"

No, I'm not kidding, and neither were the scientists all over the globe who saw this coming over 40 years ago. The only fact you need to know for indisputable evidence of global warming is this, even though there are thousands: When President Taft established Glacier National Park in 1910, there were an estimated 150 glaciers there; thus the name. Today, there are fewer than 30. Glaciers that are 10,000 years old don't melt overnight, geologically speaking.

In my opinion, the chaos that could be unleashed by our ignoring this issue is almost unimaginable. But then, who could have imagined a storm like Hurricane Sandy? Oh, that's right, there was Hurricane Irene just a year ago. As one scientist recently stated, "When extremes become common, that can be attributed to global warming."

When you step into the voting booth next Tuesday, ask yourself if you really believe that another Republican presidency is going to do one thing about environmental issues. I'm outraged that no candidates have spoken out on improving our relationship with nature, but at least the Democrats talk about alternative energy and the environment.

Wake up, people.

Ron A. Hanson