This is Viewpoints for Tuesday, June 17, 2014

June 17, 2014 

Loves the new rules

I was happy to read your June 4 article on the EPA’s new rule to cut global warming pollution from power plants. Growing up in Atlanta, I have grown used to smog alerts and the hazy skyline of the city caused, in part, by coal-fired power plant pollution. The good news is the EPA’s new global warming rule will inspire greater use of clean energy such as solar and wind as well as boosting energy efficiency. By fighting global warming we can improve our air quality, thereby improving public health by reducing asthma attacks.

It is imperative that our state leaders support the Clean Power Plan in order to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions and ensure a better future for all of us. This plan proposes reductions based on 2005 levels of emissions and allows for states to decide how they want to make these reductions to reach federally-mandated goals. By using more clean energy, increasing energy efficiency and creating more environmentally friendly power plants, we can ensure a future with less global warming and safer air quality.

-- Morgan Lane

Marietta

Full support

I appreciate your article “Georgia Power, PSC commissioner unhappy with EPA carbon plan” addressing the EPA’s proposed carbon rules and how they may affect Georgia. However, I feel as though Georgia Power is not looking at the bigger picture.

As a kid, spending long summer days biking, running, swimming and playing outside games is the personification of a great day spent. However, if you’re a kid living in the Metro Atlanta area, your day might get ruined by constant wheezing, coughing and maybe even an asthma attack.

As you may know, global warming can contribute to heat waves and drought, and it helps increase the range of mosquitoes which can spread diseases such as the West Nile virus. In order to live a healthy lifestyle that includes enjoying the outdoors, carbon emissions must be reduced.

The Clean Power Plan would cut global warming pollution from coal fired power plants. The plants are the largest source of U.S. carbon emissions. The proposal needs our full support.

-- Tanisha Thomas

Riverdale

Land grab

Some ask: “Why is it our problem when Vladimir Putin claims the Crimea because Russians or their descendants live there?” Well, why was it our problem when Adolph Hitler claimed the Sudetenland on the grounds that ethnic Germans lived there? Presumably, if Hitler could claim the Sudetenland because there were ethnic Germans living there he could as easily appropriate Pennsylvania -- indeed the entire U.S. and its possessions on those same grounds since there were probably more people of German descent in any corner bar in Pittsburgh on a Saturday night than there ever were in the Sudetenland. Any foreign power in Britain, Europe, Africa or Asia could demand some or all of our territory on the basis that people of their blood lived in our melting pot.

To condone Hitler’s seizure of the Sudetenland was to put our own country up for grabs. So now we put our own country up for grabs if we recognize Russia’s absurd claim that they own the Ukraine because ethnic Russians live there.

Russians have fled to our shores since colonial times, usually to escape oppression in the old country. It was a Russian refugee who coined the phrase “melting pot” by using it as a title for a drama about a Jewish, Russian, refugee family who fled to America to escape a Russian program.

-- Joann Flanagan

Lewiston, N.Y.

For Kingston

Jack Kingston was Georgia conservative Republican before Georgia conservative Republican became popular. I will vote for Jack Kingston in the Georgia conservative Republican runoff.

-- Don Sweat

Macon

Still waiting

Benghazi? I’m still waiting to find out who in the White House told a reporter a whistle blower’s wife was in the CIA.

-- Gary D. Gordon

Warner Robins

Disappointed swimmers

Tuesday, May 27, was supposed to be the first day East Macon Park and Recreation Center would open its pool. The pool was supposed to open at 1 p.m. I took my two grandsons who were eager to go swimming on that day. I arrived at 1 p.m., and my two grandsons lined up at the gate with other children to enter. After 30 minutes, a young lady came out, explained there was a problem with the chemical readings and informed all who were waiting that the pool would open at approximately 2:30 p.m.

First, one must wonder why the chemicals were not properly adjusted on Monday or first thing Tuesday morning to ensure that children would not have to wait on the first day the pool opened. Aside from that, why make people (and young children) stand outside for 30 minutes on a hot day before letting anyone know there was a problem?

I think what bothered me even more than this seeming lack of competence was the rude behavior I witnessed by two of the young men, presumably lifeguards, who were working at the pool. A young child who appeared to be about 8 or 9 years old stood outside of the fence and asked (in a loud voice), “Is the pool open?” The two lifeguards, who were within earshot, did not respond. The child repeated the question at least once more and still received no response. The child wanted to swim, as did my grandsons, and the pool was supposed to open at 1 p.m. Therefore, it was rude and inconsiderate to ignore this child. After all, the lifeguards are getting paid.

I hope the staff at East Macon Park and Recreation Center improves its operational procedures and that the lifeguards use common sense and courtesy when dealing with taxpaying citizens and especially young children.

-- Wanda B. McNair

Macon

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