Opinion Line (Jan. 13)

01/13/2014 12:00 AM

01/10/2014 5:09 PM

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Can any of you folks tell me the difference between a polar vortex and a cold snap? Is this more climate-change talk?

It is appalling how many people think a cold snap somehow disproves global warming. Global warming is about “averages”; the “average” temperature of the Earth is rising. Cold snaps are a normal part of what is called “weather” and will continue to occur.

The Earth is round. Cigarettes are in fact bad for your health. Water freezes at 32 degrees Fahrenheit and boils at 212 degrees Fahrenheit. The sun is actually a star. And global warming exists. Sorry to break it to you.

After the Democrats get us all on unemployment and legalize pot everywhere, we’ll be the highest and most prosperous country in the world. By then, however, nobody in this country will care.

Extending unemployment compensation feeds local economies and helps local businesses. It’s one form of preventing more unemployment. Who should pay for it? The ones to whom wealth is distributed upward all the time, our billionaires and wannabes.

We recycle, and the two of us have only one bag of trash to throw away each week. Why aren’t there any trash haulers that offer biweekly or monthly trash pickup?

Senate President Susan Wagle has a simple answer for those who can't get medical insurance: Go to the hospital. It lets the state off the hook, and the hospital raises costs on everyone else. Problem solved.

KU is spending $17.5 million on new apartments for basketball players. Why not spend the money to house scholars who do not say “you know, you know” every time they are interviewed?

Why do couples think living together without marriage is cheaper than living together when married? That doesn’t make sense. Also, don’t they realize there are tax and other benefits tied to marriage? At least that’s part of the homosexual marriage argument.

I find it interesting that pot becomes legal in Colorado and soon thereafter we get five new insipid comics in The Eagle. Is there a connection? And “WuMo”? Really? Can someone explain anything about that one? It makes the other four look funny.

I was so sad to hear about the passing of Phil Everly. The Everly Brothers’ harmonies were like honey and second to none.

Joseph Pluimer: Thank you for your service. God bless you (“Homeless veteran laid to rest with military honors,” Jan. 10 Eagle).

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