Climate change deniers join dubious minority
Thank you for publishing the Associated Press’s fine article on the National Climate Assessment report. However, you edited important information out of the original article which could have helped readers understand the motivation of those who dismiss the report. One critical sentence you deleted concerns the Cato Institute, which said the report is biased: The Cato Institute is a libertarian think tank co-founded by Charles Koch, one of two brothers whose multibillion-dollar fortune is partly derived from fossil fuels, and who deny the effects of climate change. Readers would have understood that the Cato Institute is part of the climate change misinformation campaign that Koch Industries and some other fossil fuel companies are waging to prevent the public from demanding Congress pass climate-change legislation.
Here is another interesting piece of information. According to polls, 25 percent of Republicans say global climate change is a major threat. However, 65 percent of Democrats say the same.
The only countries where polls registered similar or lower concern about climate change than Republicans were Pakistan and Egypt. In contrast, the outlook of Democrats and independents parallels the level of concern in Europe, Australia and Japan.
Why do Republicans share an attitude toward climate change with countries often characterized as impoverished third world nations? Why don’t they align with the mainstream views held by our long-standing allies? Who or what is influencing Republicans to such unusual, extreme views?
As climate change intensifies, how will Republican candidates fare in national elections?
JUDY WEISS Brookline, Massachusetts
Little of substance available on candidates
As this was my first time voting, I tried to research each candidate on my ballot. However, I could not find which precinct was mine and a sample ballot. Signs dotted the roads, candidates’ voices filled radio waves, my doorbell rang with well-meaning representatives, yet no one knew exactly every category. I asked life-long voters, only to realize that it is common to only vote for a few candidates. Perhaps primaries would be better attended if information was more accessible and clear.
MARY HILGER Fort Wayne
US must do more for world’s mothers
The worth of a mother is priceless, said Steve Warden (Putting a price tag on all Mom does, May 8). Actually, mothers are worth an exorbitant amount of money: America spends $111 billion on maternal and newborn care each year. Globally, however, millions of women do not receive the medical care and resources they need to live healthy lives. In the developing world, 800 women die each day from pregnancy and childbirth complications.
All the tasks Warden assigns a price value to – laundry operator, housekeeper, cook – 300,000 moms-to-be per year never get the chance to do because they die during or after childbirth. These deaths are tragic and largely preventable, and the U.S. must play a bigger role in preventing them.
A grassroots network called Partners in Health | Engage is calling attention to America’s role in reversing the tide of maternal deaths. The group recognizes the importance of caring for mothers-to-be and new mothers around the globe by addressing their nutrition and access to health care. PIH | Engage asks you to petition our senators and representatives for increased foreign aid for mothers and children.
Last year, the U.S. gave a drop in the bucket for global maternal health. This year, let’s ask Congress to allocate $800 million for maternal and child health, and $200 million for nutrition programs globally. Let’s decide to help mothers be the women Warden valued at $113,586 a year. They deserve it.
For more information or to donate, visit www.pih.org.
ANNIKA VAN GILDER Huntertown