Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor: Sept. 22, 2007

Don't blow smoke up our tailpipes

Reading Tom Pierson's article "Roads and Transit vote marks vital junction" (Sept. 19), I almost had a tear in my eye.

Everyone wants safe roads. However, to use the disaster that happened in Minneapolis as a selling point for the upcoming transit vote is a magnificent scare tactic, and Pierson is playing politics all the way. Didn't we just have an increase in our already huge gas tax? Yep, we did, now they want more, way more — I mean an unprecedented amount more.

In fact, less than a year after that tax increase, the state came back and told us that the projects it was earmarked for had already grown 25 percent over the original budget. Now, I don't know about the rest of the citizens of Federal Way or the state, but I sure didn't see a 25 percent boost in my salary, and I'm pretty sure there wasn't double-digit inflation. So what's the explanation? You got it, they were playing a game called nickel and dime, only this is on a gallon of gas, every gallon of gas.

So when they (your Democratically-led Legislature and governor) put this massive sales, car tabs, etc., tax package on the table in November, think twice about saying "yes" to more of the same, a lot more. And Tom, I am glad your family was late, but don't try and blow smoke up our tailpipes.

D. Wood, Federal Way

See the facts on climate change

In his letter, Rick Cook invokes the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to support his opinion that the Earth isn't warming ("Don't delude yourself over global climate," Sept. 12).

He writes, "...you can see it for yourself by performing a Web search ... from the NOAA's web site (www.ncdc.noaa.gov). An excerpt: '...The 2005 global temperature was statistically indistinguishable from the standing record set in 1998. One data set, in use at NCDC since the late 1990s, produced a global annual temperature for 2005 that was slightly below 1998...'"

I clicked right over to that Web site and easily found the Q&A section that Mr. Cook chose to ignore, which featured (prominently) these questions and answers, with my emphasis added:

Are greenhouse gases increasing?

Human activity has been increasing the concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere (mostly carbon dioxide from combustion of coal, oil and gas, plus a few other trace gases). There is no scientific debate on this point.

Is the climate warming?

Yes.

Mr. Cook plucked one abstruse sentence out of context and used it to jump to his erroneous conclusion, but even worse, he used it to mislead others.

Sally Neary, Kent

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