Wednesday, December 11, 2013
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Black students are escorted onto the campus of Central High School in Little Rock, Ark., by an Arkansas National Guard officer Oct. 15, 1957. To desegregate the school, President Eisenhower, a Republican, sent Army troops there and put the Guard under federal command.
1957 File Photo/The Associated Press
This is not a full solution! It is a reasonable start.
Charles S. Copp
Nothing to lose by acting as if warming a real threat
In a letter to the editor ("Proactive view of climate change needed," Nov. 12), Lee Chisholm of Freeport asks, "Should we not now be demanding a clarion call from our political leaders ... to come together and act so as to steer clear of a future full of further droughts, fires, floods and Hurricane Sandys? At the very least, should we not be talking?"
I am reminded again and again of something called the precautionary principle in practice in Canada and Europe. The general idea is that you take prudent remedial action even if you are not 100 percent certain about a threat or hazard.
Following this line of reasoning, whether you accept the reality of climate change or not, what do we have to lose in reducing greenhouse gas emissions now in order to alleviate future deleterious impacts to humans, other life forms and the planet?
Gay marriage win brings songs of hope, joy to mind
As I was reflecting on the passage of the gay marriage law, two songs came into my heart honoring the occasion.
The first, "We Shall Overcome," sings of work done and goal accomplished, and sings of incredibly joyful feelings of gained potential and a supportive society.
A majority of Maine voters stated it is wrong to put a group of innocent citizens into a "lesser" category, not worth the benefits everyone else enjoyed. What happened to "all men are created equal," "love thy neighbor," "do unto others ..." and so forth?
The second song, "Amazing Grace," sings of hope, to carry us through the hard times, to a worthwhile goal.
How many gay folks woke up amazed the morning after the election? "It happened! The people of Maine supported us. We can get married." I bet more than a few.
So, thanks to all the kind people who made it happen, and to my gay friends -- mazel tov! Welcome to marriage.