Avoidable tragedy

The unfortunate and tragic death of a resident here in Frankfort on May 8th as the result of a horrific and avoidable car accident has resonated deeply with me and has caused me to write this letter. The bottom line is that this tragedy should never have transpired.

The speed, carelessness, recklessness and disregard for life which exists on the roadways in Waldo County are shocking to me. As a resident of Frankfort, not only do I operate my own automobile on the roads here, but as a triathlete I also run and ride a bicycle. The speed at which drivers navigate the highways and bi-ways of this area is absolutely criminal.

However, the larger question is one of enforcement. Where, I ask, are the sheriffs and the state police to ensure that drivers simply obey the law? Over the years, I have sent emails to the Waldo County Sheriff's Department and have asked them to please patrol more frequently and enforce the existing laws. Only a week or two before the aforementioned crash, I spoke with a state trooper at the Frankfort Fire Station and asked him to please monitor this area more often. The horrific calamity that caused me to write took place less than a mile from where we spoke.

I understand the logistical challenges and monetary restraints of patrolling and enforcing. However, the corridor in which I reside, I refer to as the “Wild West,” as there is no respect for the law here. Drivers pay no heed to speed limits, act in a disrespectful manner by utilizing cellular telephones and callously disregard the lives of those with whom they share the road. The reason, as I have concluded, is these same drivers intuitively understand there is virtually no enforcement, few speed checks and scant police presence. As a result, these ne'er-do-wells cater to their selfish, dangerous and barbarous acts behind the wheel — hence the “Wild West” reference.

To date in 2017, two have been killed on the roads here in spectacular catastrophes, less than a mile from where I reside. What more does it take for law enforcement to realize there is a problem?

Now, by no means am I attempting to besmirch the reputation, honor or efforts of the law enforcement officers. They are solid stewards of our community that generally possess the qualities, characteristics and judgment that help to protect us all. I applaud them and have great respect for them. However, if their directive is to do what they have always done — we are going to get what we have always gotten — or worse.

This situation is clearly one of life and death. Whether it be you, your neighbor or one of your family members, this issue has obviously become one of critical importance to all of us. It doesn't have to be this way. Why, when I leave my house, do I have to possess the sinking notion that I might not return because another may kill me as a result of their seeming disdain for life and law?

As a taxpayer and citizen, you should be asking yourself the same question. The lawlessness, disrespect and insolence I witness daily on the roadways here causes me to recall the words regarding the social contract theory of influential 17th century English philosopher Thomas Hobbes. He helped define what constitutes a civil society: “…and which is worst of all, continual fear, and danger of violent death; Aand the life of man, solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short."

Thomas K. Stewart

Frankfort

Kudos for carriers

On May 13, the letter carriers of all of the local post offices, as a project of the National Association of Letter Carriers, collected food for our local food cupboards. Their program, the 25th annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive, encourages all of us to contribute food, which the letter carriers pick up and bring back to the post office.

This year, the food from Belfast was given to the Greater Bay Area Ministerium’s Food Cupboard at the Belfast United Methodist Church on Mill Lane on the East Side. People in Belfast donated, and the letter carriers picked up, 6,600 pounds of food! That’s more than 3 tons! What a generous community we have!

As a board member of the GBAM Food Cupboard, I wish to extend great thanks to our community and to the letter carriers and to the Belfast post office for all they have done to help those who are in need and hungry in our community. The letter carriers and staff of the Belfast post office include Evelyn, Rusty, Renee, Jim, Carlos, Mike and Barbara (please forgive me if I missed someone’s name). You are all amazing!

I also wish to thank the volunteers who helped move and sort the food that we received. In addition to volunteers from GBAM member churches, I wish to thank volunteers and staff from The Game Loft, who helped in our efforts that Saturday, including Tyler, Gracie, Zach and Bradley, along with their adult coordinator, Nikky.

Wow! Great! Thank you!

John Arrison

GBAM Food Cupboard

Belfast

Greatest threat

Response to Tom Seymour’s "Sunspots and Global Cooling": I found his excellently written compendium of causal factors regarding the average global temperature and regional climate conditions quite interesting.

All but two of his assertions generally point to well-supported causes of change to climate expectations.

The first that I will take issue with is the concept that there is evidence of global cooling. More on this later. The second, that liberals…are anything? I will remind Tom that he recently wrote that he didn’t like being stereotyped as a “right winger.” The understanding of this issue is not partisan in nature. He accused “liberals” of wanting “climate denial” to be criminalized. The battles in courtrooms (yes, there are some) are civil in nature, not criminal. Even Exxon Mobil, at the time, and Rex Tillerson, since becoming secretary, admit that global warming is anthropogenic.

I am glad that Tom used the word “anthropogenic.” The term refers to things that are caused by human beings, particularly cumulative large-scale impacts. Here, he suggests that the science regarding the human impact on the planet is not settled. The human impact, since the First Industrial Revolution has brought science to conclude that we are in the Anthropocene, the current geological age.

An excellent book on the Anthropocene is "The Sixth Extinction" by Elizabeth Kolbert. The loss of species she describes is closely linked with another field of science, climatology. The first serious presentation of evidence, data and conclusions presented to American policymakers was in 1988, when Dr. James Hansen, then director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, testified before Congress.

Hansen’s testimony is readily available, but to summarize, presented NASA’s observation that global warming was taking place and that it was not related to the types of causes Tom Seymour wrote of, but to many large-scale factors, all of human origin. His testimony also offered some predictions on climate disruption and sea level rise as the temperature average increased.

Over the intervening 28 years, NASA and NOAA’s work have continued and their methods have improved. If there is any criticism of the first predictions, it is that they were somewhat inaccurate.

Hansen (who is still quite active and relevant) states today that their projections were too conservative. Following the last 50 years of data reveals that, yes, the average global temperature has risen faster than projected and that catastrophic climate disruption and sea level rise have exceeded expectations as well.

To anyone interested in a primer on the science, I strongly suggest the Oxford University Press publication, "Global Warming, A Very Short Introduction," by Mark Maslin. It is affordable and available everywhere. It provides a concise but brief history of the years following Hansen’s testimony and connects the reader to the relevant sources needed to understand the science.

As anyone who works at sea in high latitudes knows, sea ice, glaciers and permafrost are melting. The science regarding cause is abundantly clear. I would challenge Tom Seymour to provide evidence of global cooling. In early Democratic primary debates in the last election, the candidates were asked what the greatest existential threat to security in America was. Only Bernie Sanders answered the question correctly. He and the Pentagon agree that catastrophic climate disruption, caused by global warming, is that threat.

Robert Richard

Belfast resident

No on school budget

If you care about youngsters and not wasting your money, then vote no on the Regional School Unit 3 budget on June 13.

The more they extract money from us to pay for government education, the worse our schools become and the more empowered becomes the teacher’s union.

Instead of more money, the school administrators need more intelligence and wisdom, which can only come from God’s words. “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; but fools despise wisdom and instruction” (Proverbs 1:7). The Bible says that true wisdom and useful knowledge are found in Christ, that is, in the mind of God (Col. 2:3).

According to Webster (1828), to educate means “to inform and enlighten the understanding; to instill into the mind principles of arts, science, morals, religion, and behavior.” To educate means to form the manners, which requires respect for the Ten Commandments and caring discipline.

It is impossible to get a real education apart from Divine guidance!

Our public schools have become a criminal enterprise. No objective and virtuous thinker can deny this. The Marxist rulers and bureaucrats who control government schools are trying to brainwash and dumb-down our youth so as to prepare them for their satanic New World Order. The ruling establishment consists of the Council on Foreign Relations, the large tax-exempt foundations (Ford, Carnegie, Rockefeller), and many leftist groups. These conspirators are at war with God, His anointed, biblical morality, and Christians (Psalm 2). In order to control society and make “sheeple” out of us, they try (through education, media, entertainment, etc.) to distort our thinking, corrupt our morals, break up families, and separate us from God.

Here are some proofs that our public schools are controlled by bad actors. They teach superstition; i.e., that “climate change” is a threat to our planet, that humans evolved from apes, or that the world is over-populated.

They teach false history; i.e., that America’s founders mistreated Indians, Blacks, and women, that Lincoln attacked the South to free the slaves, or that on 9/11 the twin towers collapsed because of burning jet fuel instead of controlled demolitions.

Public schools teach moral relativism; i.e., that disobedience to parents, homosexuality, or sex outside of marriage is sometimes acceptable.

They teach false science; i.e., that all the matter in the universe originated from a big bang 4.5 billion years ago, or that man is simply an animal and not accountable to his Maker.

They teach role reversal; i.e., that girls should be boyish and domineering, and boys be effeminate (1 Cor. 11:3), or that girls pursuing a career outside the home is better for society than housewifery and homemaking (1 Tim. 5:14; Titus 2:5).

They teach students to sin; i.e., by allowing girls to dress provocatively, by pushing mind-altering drugs (Ritalin), by denigrating the Bible, by opposing the concepts found in The New England Primer (the first textbook printed in America), namely, that “Liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone.”

Jesus warned about misleading the young and the weak. “But whoso shall offend [cause to sin] one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea” (Matthew 18:6).

In early America, education was far better in every way because God, the Bible and parents had much influence.

Since it is the responsibility of parents (not civil governments) to control the education of their children, we must drastically cut public school funding. This will lower property taxes and help parents become more responsible for their own children.

In order to have more economic freedom and better education, the solutions are private education, homeschooling, school choice, and no taxpayer-funded schools.

Don Violette

Brooks