Working together, not separately, for better solutions

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To the Editor:

First let me say, I love the Gasconade County Republican, which I have been reading since I was old enough to read, nearly 70-years. I am thankful that my hometown has a newspaper with its dedication to this community. 

Second I believe we can have respectful disagreement.

After reading, the editorial, “Code Red For Humanity,” it reminded me of my mother’s stories. Those who knew Gladys Sprecker wished they would have recorded her stories. She would listen to three different police scanners, to the radio, TV and read a newspaper or two; then take all these stories and mix them up in a big vat and come out with her own version. Of course there was truth scattered all throughout her story, but the story itself wasn’t true. And so ii is with the editorial, “Code Red For Humanity.”

There are numerous places where your comments can be debated and I will give a few examples below; however more important than this point versus that point is why in the world are we fighting?

Don’t we all want a world which is better for our children and our grandchildren?

One can only imagine if people had refused to make the transition from horses to automobiles, talk about a stinky problem! 

Just how much horse manure would we have?

Just as many of our grandparents and great grandparents had to make the transition from horses to automobile and from kerosene lamps to electric lights, it is time for us to come together and move forward. 

The speed of warming the planet has increased more than 10 times since the last Ice Age and most of if since 1970, which many attribute to the industrial age and the use of fossil fuels. 

Yes, the water level of the Great Lakes varies, in fact they vary on what has been a 13 year cycle, but since 1998 to 2021 there has been only one brief uptick in levels in 2002 through 2003.

Yes, one can say Polar Bears are growing in population and one can say they are diminishing in population and both statements are true. In some small areas the Polar Bears are growing, but overall they are declining. 

Polar Bears are grouped in to 19 subpopulations, many of them in too difficult locations and too expensive to count. (Heck it is even difficult to count people as evident by the Census every 10-years in this country.)

A few of these subgroups show decline, a few show an increase and many more we just don’t know. And yes some communities are seeing more Polar Bears because their habitat is disappearing and they are coming in closer contacts with humans, which does not mean there are more Polar Bears. 

Yes, emissions rose 6 percent last year (2021) after a record 10 percent decline in 2020, fueled by a rise in coal power and truck traffic as the U.S. economy rebounded from the pandemic. Something bigger than a President was responsible. 

We are the UNITED States of America, let’s works together towards solutions. 

Tearing down the other side, whether its one’s spouse, or a person of another political belief, does not solve our problems. A democracy requires us to compromise, let’s find where we can have agreements and move forward.

Respectfully submitted,

David Sprecker, Owensville 

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