Climate vs. weather
A recent letter (“Don’t Get Me Started,” 2/15) confused weather and climate. Weather describes the atmospheric conditions at a specific place at a specific point in time. Day-to-day temperature and precipitation activity, generally. Climate describes the average conditions expected at a specific place at a given time and has five components: atmosphere, cryosphere, land surface and biosphere. It is important not to confuse these and reach conclusions based on your confusion.
From NASA (2/1/05): "The reason studying climate and a changing climate is important, is that it will affect people around the world. Rising global temperatures are expected to raise sea levels, and change precipitation and other local climate conditions. Changing regional climate could alter forests, crop yields, and water supplies. It could also affect human health, animals, and many types of ecosystems. Deserts may expand into existing rangelands, and features of some of our National Parks and National Forests may be permanently altered."
From the Union of Concerned Scientists (1/18) : “… over 97 percent climate scientists agree, and over 97 percent of scientific articles find that global warming is real and largely caused by humans.”
I, for one, do not feel I’m in a position to argue with experts in the field.
Larry Byron, Meriden
Abuse of the innocent
The inhumane terrorizing of innocent families continues. Children are being deprived of their parents, families are being broken up. Why? Are these families harboring violent criminals who are a menace to society? No, they are simply immigrants fleeing from unsafe conditions in their own countries. They are hardworking people with strong moral and religious values. They have been here for many years living quiet lives, raising their children, being good neighbors and contributing to their communities. We should be doing all that we can to see to it that these immigrants are allowed to become citizens.
Our country has a blemished history. We slaughtered the Indians, calling them savages. We imported slaves, considering them as less than human. Is our shameful treating of the immigrants going to be another blemish on our history?
If this inhumane terrorizing continues, we should cover the Statue of Liberty with a shroud. Her torch should no longer shine. For liberty now is only for those privileged few as decided by a bigoted dictatorial president.
Both Republican and Democratic congressmen and senators need to put an end to this injustice against fellow human beings. They need to stop being concerned how they can get something out of this and work together. I wish I could be more hopeful that it will happen.
Cynthia Szymaszek, Meriden
I would like someone to explain to me that what happened in Parkland Florida on Valentine's Day was not the best reason ever for gun control legislation. May all those who have thwarted any progress in gun control legislation (and that includes YOU, Mr. President) not have a minute's peace in the wake of this preventable tragedy.
Dee Dyer, Yalesville