Letters to the Editor

Letters on violent protests, GMOs, global warming, Kobach, Christmas tradition

Violent protests are not the way

As I’ve watched the recent violence happening, I’ve wondered if those who destroy things are even thinking. It seems to me that they are defeating the purpose of the protests.

When they go around destroying things, they are costing more people more money that might help finance programs that could help with the issues and protect both sides in a situation. The property owners affected by those reactions have to find a way to repair or replace items destroyed. Their insurance likely won’t pay them to do what needs to be fixed. Premiums will go up and more money will go out to protect them.

Violence begets violence begets destruction and heartbreak. What if it were your car, your home, your business affected by unthinking, insensitive, uncaring unknown persons? In this day and time, horrible things can and do happen to all kinds of people. I wonder if the violent protesters have become so oblivious or hardhearted that they can’t see past the destruction and pain they are causing by their senseless, negative and seemingly shameless actions toward others and their property. This type of behavior helps no one.

If protesters really care, they should find peaceful, productive ways to see changes come that will benefit everyone. Violence is not the way.



GMOs proved safe

Did you know that 95 percent of the corn grown in Kansas in 2014 was produced through the use of biotechnology? Kansas farmers are reliant on this critical technology, as are farmers across America. So it is with great concern that I see some criticizing this technology – commonly known as genetically modified organisms – that has been proved safe by the leading health organizations in the world.

Americans have been eating GMOs for nearly 20 years, and no credible scientific body has noted a single health concern. Yet politically and financially motivated anti-GMO activists spread inaccurate and misleading claims in an effort to scare the American public. It is shameful.

If Congress acts, however, these extremists will be stopped in their tracks. Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Wichita, is the champion of a bill that would protect biotechnology from baseless smear campaigns and ensure that food labeling is based on sound science.

As a grain cooperative executive, I understand the importance of using sound, science-based technology for today’s agricultural production. Kansans and all agribusiness across the country should support the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act proposed by Pompeo.



Valley Coop


Smarter than frog?

If you put a frog in a pot of water and slowly heat the water, it will not notice it is being boiled until it’s too late. Surely we’re smarter than that, but consider:

Our most respected scientific organizations that have studied the question of global warming have concluded it is real and a serious threat. You can read what these experts say by Googling “climate change” combined with “NOAA” or “NASA” or “AMS” or “NAS” or “IPCC.” You can also Google “global temperature graph” to see the rise in global temperature since 1920.

The global temperature changes to date have been small, but the American Meteorological Society states that “drought is projected to increase over Africa, Europe and much of the North American continental interior” if the current trend of carbon dioxide emissions continues. Similarly, NASA predicts “degradation of land and ocean ecosystems, sea level rise, and inevitable disruption of the socioeconomic and food-producing infrastructure.”

No one is wise enough to predict exactly when or where these conditions will occur, but some changes are evident today, and eventually we all will suffer the consequences if we don’t reduce our CO2 emissions.

Our Legislature is again considering repealing the renewable portfolio standard, which is designed to reduce Kansas’ CO2 emissions. The question facing us is: Are we smarter than the frog?



Degrading comment

Secretary of State Kris Kobach recently said that if President Obama’s executive action on immigration isn’t blocked, “illegal aliens will be eligible to feed at the trough filled by hardworking American people” (“Kobach spearheading challenge on immigration,” Dec. 1 Now Consider This). A trough is to feed animals. Illegal or not, immigrants are not animals.

Kobach should think twice and measure his words before putting his foot in his mouth. He owes illegal immigrants an apology.



New tradition

We awake early Christmas morning. We sit around the Christmas tree opening gifts and sipping hot chocolate. Mom and Grandma cook our favorite Christmas dinner. We eat only after Grandpa says his Christmas grace. We spend the afternoon talking over old times and remembering Christmases past. Then evening comes and everyone goes home.

It’s time to start a new Christmas tradition. Here is an idea:

It would be so wonderful if churches were full of people young and old waltzing to “Silent Night.” A band could play or maybe someone could play Christmas CDs. Leftover Christmas dinner could be brought to share with others. The angels in heaven would rejoice as they looked down from the starry sky.

What a Christmas night to remember – waltzing to “Silent Night” with the one you love. If only.



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