Letters to the Editor
Steve Tabor’s opinion piece denying climate change (“Elite Foundations Are High on Carbon Dioxide,” May 8) employs some interesting logical inferences. If a “tiny molecule-like carbon dioxide” cannot change the climate, he must also believe that potassium cyanide, also a tiny molecule, is safe to eat in any quantity.
If the climate isn’t changing because the Bay Area still has a Mediterranean climate, then Tabor must also deny the passage of time — it’s still 2014, entire months after “scientists” claimed that the year had begun!
And, if there is no mechanism by which carbon dioxide can directly create a hurricane or flood, then Tabor must believe it’s perfectly okay to shout “Fire!” in a crowded theater. After all, there is no mechanism by which people can be trampled by a voice.
I’m writing regarding the recent exchange of letters on climate change. To address the skeptics, I think a John Oliver quote is relevant: “You don’t need people’s opinion on a fact. You might as well have a poll asking: ‘Which number is bigger, 15 or 5?’ or ‘Do owls exist?’ or ‘Are there hats?’”
If someone wrote in saying the world is flat I doubt if a newspaper would give it this much ink. Climate change skeptics and their denial of the scientific facts do not fall into the category of “all the news that’s fit to print.”
Editor’s note: Newspapers play a larger role than simply printing “all the news that’s fit to print.” Opinion pages offer the community the opportunity to voice their opinions about the world, whether they say it’s flat or round, or something in between.
I’m writing to express my thanks to Alameda Unified School District Superintendent Kirsten Vital and the school board. At the April 29 board meeting they approved an 11-year lease of the Woodstock Campus at 1900 Third St. with Community Learning Center Schools (CLCS) — parent organization of the Alameda Community Learning Center (ACLC) and Nea Community Learning Center.
This lease will allow our schools to create a positive learning environment for our students with the ability to plan for the future. Their willingness to pursue a fair lease agreement outside the boundaries of Prop 39 will assure our learners a stable school “home” for which we are truly grateful.