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Supreme Court is seen on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, April 25, 2024. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Supreme Court is seen on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, April 25, 2024. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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Warmer years, little snow, frost in winter show global warming

This letter is in reply to a recent letter in 첥Ƶ. The author states he did some research on highest local temperatures, and concluded they showed global warming was not real. However, it’s not about local warming, it’s called global warming. And unless we’re being lied to, or shall I say bamboozled, let the record show that the last 10 years, 2014 through 2023, have been the warmest years on the planet, globally speaking. Other indications: Frost, we used to get our first as early as September, now it’s not until late October. Also snow and ice and deep freezes, we used to see a lot more snow, which used to lay on the ground well into March. We get snow now, it melts almost as fast as it shows up. So one might conclude that it’s more than just a few days of high temperatures. Being on the planet for over six decades, I have definitely seen the difference. However, I’m not an alarmist resigned to the fact that what’s going to happen will happen. But here’s to a return of colder weather.

Bill DeLong 

Allentown

Where will efforts to stop climate change take us?

There’s no denying that it’s getting warmer; we’ve been coming out of the last ice age for a long time. You can see boulders dropped by retreating glaciers on the top of Blue Mountain if you have doubts.

But the trend may be accelerating, and we need to take action now. That’s why Denmark has imposed a tax on cow flatulence. We may as well collect some revenue while we’re cooling the planet.

But why stop with farm animals, how about pets? You know that your precious little Fido can clear the room on occasion. Get ready to pay your fair share, you don’t want a government flatulence inspector banging on your front door.

Jim Disario

Bethlehem

Local residents should get first crack at new housing

It’s been all over the news about affordable housing. Houses and apartments are being built to try to alleviate the shortage. Several massive apartment buildings were built near Cetronia Road. But who are these being built for? Definitely not for local residents. When a house comes on the market, local buyers are often pushed off to the side by a “well moneyed” New York or New Jersey buyer. Multiple offers above asking price is not uncommon. Traffic is increasing, with many cars with Jersey and New York license plates. I have no problem building new apartments because our local residents need housing. But I don’t support building more and more apartments so that out-of-state residents can move here to save money and outbid the local residents.

John Kostick 

Whitehall Township

Look for real qualifications to be president of the US

What have debates given us other than TV ratings? An insight into the candidates? How about we worry about the real qualifications for the job. Actors, sports legends and opinion experts, are these qualifications for leading a country? How about socially and economically educated people? People with degrees in these fields? Does the guy performing your brain surgery have his medical degree or his plumber’s license, and is that important to you?  How about people who believe in the sciences that guided us out of caves and trees and allow us to live to the age of both presidential candidates? Putting bleach into our bodies is not a good talking point for showing your ability to run a country.  Age? How old is the pope, and why does it matter? Be qualified.

Lonnie Toth

Washington Township

Unlike Trump, Biden came through on infrastructure

Do you remember Infrastructure Week?

It was a running gag during the Trump administration. A weekly promise to address America’s roads, bridges and utilities that never resulted in legislation, funding or construction.

One year ago, an Interstate 95 bridge collapsed in Philadelphia. Repairs were estimated to take months. State and federal governments had the road open to traffic within 12 days.

On March 26, a cargo ship crashed into the Francis Scott Key Bridge, closing the Port of Baltimore, a critical part of the nation’s supply chain. Local, state and federal governments had the shipping lanes open and operational 78 days later.

On June 8, the Teton Pass, a highway essential for tourism and commerce, suffered a catastrophic failure. Wyoming, with help from federal funding, reopened the road within three weeks.

President Biden talks a lot about infrastructure but, unlike his predecessor, he actually delivers on his promises, including passing the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act in 2021.

Officials who are big on volume, but short on action tend to get the most attention from the media. In reality, it is the quiet competence of the Biden administration that is keeping America’s roads and its economy on track.

Becky Bartlett

Upper Nazareth Township

Court’s immunity ruling opens door to autocracy

July 1, three days before the 248th anniversary of our republic’s founding, was a sad, scary day for me — and should be for our entire country. In recent years there have been many political winds blowing sailboat USA from the placid sea of democracy toward the rocky shore of autocracy. Monday’s Supreme Court decision regarding presidential immunity has knocked the keel from our sailboat, allowing it to blow unimpeded to that fatal shore. All my life I have been proud to live in a country under the rule of law, where “no one is above the law.” We all grew up with that understanding. As of today, that understanding has been trashed by a rogue Supreme Court. Now, if Donald Trump becomes president again, that office could become a center of authoritarianism and criminality, including the weaponization of the Justice Department to gain vengeance against a multitude of innocent people. Welcome to the Kingdom of America.

Tom McKee

Lower Macungie Township

Supreme Court would allow Trump’s ‘scary’ plans

The Deep State that Trump and the Republicans keep complaining about, it’s called the Supreme Court. To save our democracy, vote for Democrats up and down the ballot. Read about the Heritage Foundation’s Project 2025 to know what Trump and the Republicans are planning if they get elected — scary stuff.

Donald DeCray Sr.

Bethlehem

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