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December 28, 2018

Not a denierRe: “Climate change deniers’ mentality,” Another View, by Thomas L. Arnow, Tuesday:First, I challenge the label erroneously applied to me and my opinion (including, surprisingly, even in the headline). I am not a climate change denier. It’s well-established the Earth’s climate has been changing longer than human history. I’m confident that Dr. Arnow, a self-proclaimed Ph.D. chemist/computer expert, knows that climate is ever dynamic. The real issue is how much of climate change is influenced by human activity and to what extent.I notice that Dr. Arnow follows up this mistaken label with a common tactic: If you can’t challenge the argument, change the direction. The point he ignores was (and is) that during recent history, efforts at consensus — seemingly armed with overwhelming “facts” — have been attempted, aimed at sparking herd-mentality support to achieve a preconceived result. Sometimes with disastrous results.The widely supported 2003 weapons of mass destruction/Saddam Hussein fear campaign is one that did successfully stampede the herd. And brought about yet another Iraq War. Perhaps there were no computer models involved, but the principle is the same. Let’s not do anything foolish.Loren WilliamsGo fund themHey! The border wall GoFundMe — how about giving that money to the now-unemployed federal workers who, through no fault of their own, have no income in this holiday season of spending and giving?Now that is an appropriate defense of our country.Rebecca BakerDemocracy cededRe: “Even if not illegal, Trump’s actions are impeachable,” Other Views, by Michael Gerson, Tuesday:Gerson’s commentary should make him eligible for the Pulitzer Prize.The open corruption the Trump family consistently displays will not alter the opinions/support of his base. Despite the evidence even in the absence of the Mueller report, these so-called “patriotic” voters are ceding democracy to despots such as Vladimir Putin. The Trump family’s oligarchical and openly treasonous behavior and the win-at-all-cost mindset should test their loyalty to democratic ideals. Perhaps the mind-bending and stealth-like subtleties of social media have replaced the brutality of bombs, rifles and bayonets, formally required of enemy occupation and domination.Even with the disgust for and neglect that Trump’s base feels from his predecessors, democratic loyalty should never be compromised by a political party. Our forefathers anticipated these failures by our leaders and gave us ample means, constitutionally, to deal with them. Fortunately, some voters answered the call in the midterm elections to some degree. But so many are willing to ignore the open threats and failures evidenced by the Trump administration. Perhaps the Mueller report will alter the views of enough of his base to have them finally exercise these democratic tools.I would have never thought a dominant U.S. political party would betray our democracy to such an open and blatant degree as to allow deep enemy penetration and perhaps domination, and not a shot fired at this point.Jerry Kempe, New Braunfels

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