Telling the truth about Trump

I’m amused that J.R. Crawford thinks Trump went to Washington to “drain the swamp.”

Let’s look at the record. From his administration we have had seven criminal indictments and six prison sentences. He personally has been found by the Mueller investigation to have committed 10 episodes of obstruction of justice, and if it weren’t for the Department of Justice directive that a sitting president couldn’t be indicted, he’d be sitting in jail with his co-conspirator and personal attorney Michael Cohen.

Worst of all, Trump is a serial liar. He started his campaign with the lie that Barrack Obama wasn’t an American citizen. He lied about Mexico paying for the wall and China paying for his tariffs. He lied about having sex with a porn actress and lied about paying for silence. He lied when he said he would be hurt by his tax cuts. He lied about Ukraine interfering in our election and sided with Putin over all of our intelligence agencies that said Russia did it. One of his latest lies was that he was bringing our troops home from Syria, and instead he relocated them to protect oil fields in Syria, leaving our loyal allies, the Kurds, to be slaughtered by Turkey.

His lies, misstatements and exaggerations have totaled more than 13,000 so far. Truth be told, Trump has turned out to be the biggest swamp creature.

James Roelke

Mountain Home

Climate change is happening

I usually grit my teeth reading long-winded tomes from J.P. McQuaide, but his recent platitudinous drivel on Nov. 16 forced me to respond.

When a little girl from Sweden has to shame the United Nations into action with three words — “How dare you!” — the water is getting pretty deep, especially in Miami where people are already wading to work during high tides. In a bit of irony, Venice was voting down climate change initiatives and was swamped by high tides the next day. There can be no doubt that climate change is happening when Houston has three 1-in-500-year rain events in 5 years.

Greta wants us to care about her future. Climate change is happening. Carbon sequestration may not be enough to stop it, especially when 40,000-plus fracking wells are unregulated polluters of methane, which has 25 times the heat-blanketing effect of carbon dioxide.

I’m sure there were naysayers on the Titanic who said, “Don’t worry, it’s unsinkable” as the water climbed slowly up the deck. Bailing water may not be enough, but hand me a bucket anyway because doing nothing isn’t helping, either. Talking about profits and expenses instead of doing something may sink us all. You don’t have to spend two days of your life finding out what we can do, as Bill Nichols did, but we have to try and do something.

Twelve years ago, “An Inconvenient Truth” hit the movie theaters warning that we must do something now. Like Aesop’s grasshopper, you fiddled that time away and now you don’t have the luxury of time. Climate change today is recruiting more survivors of its wrath with each EF5 tornado that hits, each snowstorm that hits, each flood that keeps the farmer out of his fields, each fire that burns in California from 80 mph Santa Ana winds.

Soon, climate change will force deniers into action, demanding that some of the $649 billion (see Forbes magazine, June 15, 2019) spent on oil subsidies and indirect costs of pollution be moved to a new direction — towards sustainability, where climate problems stop multiplying.

There are free presentations at the Donald W. Reynolds Library to help people like J.P. McQuiade learn that even if climate science is wrong — which it isn’t — you still get a more robust electrical grid to lessen the impact of downed power lines.

Michael Jirka

Mountain Home

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