June 20, 2013

Letters to the editor: LePage offers correspondent straight talk

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Bill DiGiulio of Bowdoin with the letter he wrote to Gov. LePage and the missive he received in response.

2013 File Photo/Tim Greenway

Frank Teras


Women need accurate data before decision on abortion

Your June 13 edition ("House rejects 3 bills limiting abortion") declared that three bills proposing abortion restrictions had failed in Maine House votes.

One measure required that the pregnant woman/girl be given "scientifically accurate information about the fetus and the father's liability for support" before she has an abortion.

How can providing a woman with scientifically accurate information about her fetus be deemed a plausible reason to reject this measure?

I was taught in school that when you are about to undertake action with significant consequences, "accurate information" is a necessary thing. Have we lost our common sense?

Abortion does great harm. It ends a human life and frequently results in lifelong regrets by the woman/girl.

At least give her the basic accurate knowledge before she submits to such an irreversible action. Anything less is inexcusable.

Kathleen Traynor


Earth now in cooling cycle, not global warming cycle

In response to "Another View: M.D. Harmon ignores real climate change data" (June 1):

In all due respect to volunteer Richard Jennings with the Climate Reality Project, M.D. Harmon was right on the money in his May 17 column ("Hysteria obscures lack of substance to climate change claims").

By the way, Hurricane Sandy had absolutely no connection with global warming.

As a climate scientist, I research natural climate cycles and hurricane cycles. The National Hurricane Center and I agree that hurricanes have not been influenced by global warming. A larger number of strong hurricanes occurred during the early 1900s than during the past 20 years.

The United Kingdom Meteorological Office and the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change agree that despite increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide, the Earth's temperatures have not increased during the past 15 years.

Research indicates that natural forces control the climate pulse of the Earth, and Earth is now entering an extended global cooling cycle potentially more serious than any global warming cycle.

Earth's climate follows a 230- and 120,000-year cycle. The cycles are regulated by physical forces of the scientifically proven Milankovitch Cycles of gravitational forces, solar radiation and Earth's elliptical path around the sun. Both cycles alternate between cold and warm periods.

The warm 120,000-year interglacial cycle just peaked about 7,000 years ago, and it was much warmer back then, with 50 percent less ice in the Arctic than today.

David Dilley

climate researcher

Global Weather Oscillations Inc.



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