Letter: Stop manipulation of our kids

Posted 3/27/19

I am appalled that our school kids are being manipulated into becoming activists for socialist political causes.  To get them to participate in the students climate protest, they were clearly …

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Letter: Stop manipulation of our kids

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I am appalled that our school kids are being manipulated into becoming activists for socialist political causes.  To get them to participate in the students climate protest, they were clearly lied to and deceived extensively. 

It is a lie that global warming is causing more extreme weather.  NOAA records clearly show there has been no recent increase in the number or intensity of extreme tornadoes and hurricanes, although there has been some slight warming over the last 40 years.

It is deceptive to claim that we are seeing more deaths due to heat waves without noting that the reduction in cold weather deaths more than counter balances these deaths.  World Health Organization data shows a dramatic decrease in total deaths due to extreme weather worldwide over the last 100 years.

Claiming that there are more wildfires is another lie. Wildfire data from the national organization coordinating wildfire fighting efforts (the NIFC-NICC) proves that the number of wildfires has not increased over recent years.  However, the acreage burned has increased, most likely due to the gross mismanagement of forests and brush lands.

Then there are lies by omission. One is that students have not been told about the Atlantic Multi Decadal Oscillation. It is a natural climate phenomenon, with about a 62 year period, causing peak ocean temperatures in the1870s, 1940s and in the 2000s.  This explains almost all of the temperature variations over the last 160 years.http://www.appinsys.com/globalwarming/SixtyYearCycle.htm

And the list continues......

Isn’t it against the law for government employees to use their position of trust and authority to promote political positions?  To the extent that teachers and school administrators were involved in spreading lies, organizing, promoting and directing these student climate protests, they should be reprimanded or charged for manipulating our kids.

Gene Farr
Port Townsend

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BLF

Here - Here Gene Farr. I have followed your comments and find you outstanding. Keep the real truth coming. Time our children learn both sides!

| Wednesday, March 27
Tom Camfield

Let's begin by teaching them also that the correct comment is "Hear, hear." The old town-criers did not stroll about shouting, "here ye, here ye." There are many facets to education.

Meanwhile, Farr is really sort of far out there and should be reading more day-to-day, year-to-year news about the real world. I also don't see what makes a youngster concerned with sustaining a life-giving environment a "socialist." Since when did opposing pollution make one a "socialist?"

Should we also be opposing evolution and insisting that creationism be taught in our public schools? I believe our educators should be at least keeping in step with advances in the sciences. Are we to believe that the 97% or whatever it is of the world's scientists are wrong in telling us that global warming and climate change are an existential reality?

Wednesday, March 27
Karen Wyeth

I am proud of the students who took part in the Global Climate Strike, exercising their right to free speech and practising the critical thinking skills they will need as they move into adulthood. Whether or not one believes in climate change is irrevelant - the days when kids were supposed to "be seen and not heard" are long gone. Let's not infantalize our young people by telling them what they MUST believe, and let them think for themselves.

Wednesday, March 27
Justin Hale

I hope that these teens understood, as we all should, the object lesson provided by the U.S. Senate and their vote on the Green New Deal the other day, not one Democrat was willing to go on the record in support of the resolution, not even the co-sponsors of the resolution.

Thursday, March 28
Tom Camfield

Our job is not to tell the school-age generation, in this forum, how to think. We instead should be supporting the professional teachers charged with opening young minds to the ability to think. These teachers were educated under the same umbrella of free thought. What we don't need these days is the assault on public education by Donald Trump and his henchwoman Betsy DeVos, the major campaign donor he appointed as secretary of education, who is all hot on charter schools for the wealthy and to hell with the type of schools that served us all in years past. Grass roots should continue to rule ("of the people, by the people and for the people.")

If these students, developing adults, want to march in the streets, more power to them. That's freedom of speech! Are we with the Constitution or against it?

Thursday, March 28
Justin Hale

I wonder how many teachers will use the example of the Democrats non-vote on the Green New Deal as an object lesson in talking the talk but not having the convictions to walk the walk. Unlike gutless politicians, I hope these Teens actually put their concerns for the environment into action and forego that car they've been looking forward to, also cancel that flight to wherever for Summer vacation, become a Vegan maybe?. Our azz-hat Governor continues to support the GND trying to paint himself as the " Green Candidate" for POTUS while he pollutes the air flying all over the Country, hypocrisy thy name is Inslee.

I support Betsy DeVos and any help she can give to Charter schools, homeschooling. I was also in favor of her de-funding the Special Olympics.

Friday, March 29
Tom Camfield

Let's not spin this to make it appear that high school students and their teachers are responsible for global warming and climate change, Justin. And let's not expect our governor to campaign by bicycle and telephone while Donald continues to take Air Force One around the country for pep rallies at which he can brag about himself while demonizing and defaming his critics and possible 2020 opponents on the ballot. And, oh yes, makes weekly golf flights to his Florida resort every week. We commoners are all stuck with the transportation we have at our disposal until we get a government behind a green movement and drastically cut back industrial pollution.

Trump denies global warming and climate change. He wants to drill for more oil at every opportunity rather than funding research and development for alternate energy sources, increasing automobile fuel efficiency, etc.

DeVos is a whole other arena. A typical Trump henchwoman, a big campaign contributor with no educational credentials whom he appointed as an accomplice in his anti-public education agenda. He seems to consider learning some sort of socialist plot. She also gave Donald a slow set-up pitch with that proposed Special Olympics defunding. He was standing ready to overrule her, to swing for the fences and brag about how he adores Special Olympics (ingratiating himself to a large faction of possible 2020 voters with ties to special needs). Let's wait and see how this boasted adoration by Donald carries over to funding for public schools, where special education is a big item.

Friday, March 29
Justin Hale

"Let's not spin this to make it appear that high school students and their teachers are responsible for global warming and climate change"..... Oh really? so some of us are exempt from contributing to climate change?. That's nonsense. Everyone, with very few exceptions, shares in creating the problem, and hopefully will share in solving the problem. And I never suggested that Students and teachers were solely responsible for climate change. What I suggested was that the students should put their words into actions, we already have far too many Limousine Liberals who advocate for what others should do and ignore their own actions, such as those who advocate for sanctuary cities but never open their own homes to illegals, i.e. hypocrites.

As far as politicians abusing tax dollars campaigning and vacationing, I'm totally against that. At least Trump isn't taking a salary, what other Presidents gave their paycheck back to the government?

"a government behind a green movement and drastically cut back industrial pollution." Without the demand from consumers, aka. your average human, these nasty industries wouldn't exist.

"Trump denies global warming and climate change. " Well then at least he's not the hypocrite that Inslee is when he flies off to his golf course.

Friday, March 29
Tom Camfield

Of course, we're all responsible to varying degrees for global warming/climate change—but it's ridiculous to focus our criticism on those who are trying to do something about it, rather than on those who refuse to do anything about despite having the power to do so. And to claim that Donald Trump is not a hypocrite really takes the cake. He's a proven hypocrite on all fronts. I remember when he was demanding to see Obama's college grades . . . and now he' s making every effort to hide his own. He's a sneak and a cheat.

Inslee's doing his best with what society is making available, much like everyone who has to commute some distance to their job. And no, public transportation and car-pooling don't work for everyone. But he and most of the rest of us would like to save the Earth. He's one of our standard-bearers stepping forth on our behalf to change things drastically by getting rid of the egomaniacal buffoon now cluttering up the Oval Office.

Saturday, March 30
Justin Hale

You say that Trump doesn't believe in climate change so therefore when he flies all over the country he doesn't believe he is doing any harm, whereas Inslee pretends to be the candidate who is aware of climate change/pollution and pushes the "green agenda" while he flies all over polluting the country, so who is the hypocrite?. Inslee could easily telecommute for his campaigning, he should stay home and do his job that we pay him for. Not surprised that you support him.

Saturday, March 30
Tom Camfield

Have you ever stopped and listened to yourself, Justin?

Sunday, March 31
Justin Hale

So hypocrisy is acceptable as long as it's someone you support?

Sunday, March 31