(Re: “No man’s land,” cover story, Dec. 3.) Your article on students who are illegal aliens (no, I’m not going to use the euphemism “undocumented immigrants”) was another example of one-sided, emotional coverage of this issue without an objective analysis of the current irrational policy. As you correctly pointed out, in ’86 Reagan signed the amnesty bill legalizing 3 million illegal aliens. So what happened? We had 12 million to 15 million more coming in over the next two decades!
This is obvious in retrospect, as it sent a signal that if you get into the U.S. illegally, ultimately you will be rewarded for your efforts.
Both parties are to blame for this mess, as Republicans have desired the cheap labor to fuel our consumerist economy, while the Democrats want migrants on the government dole to turn them into permanent left-leaning voters.
The long-term population trends due primarily to immigrants and their high birth rates (the U.S. citizen birth rate is holding steady) is another 50 or 60 million people in the next several decades, and well over 100 million more by the end of the century. Some estimates even suggest up to 500 million total population.
The negative effects of this situation are many: creating a polyglot society, increased drug trafficking and related crime, huge strains on already overburdened social services, and, of course, major environmental impacts. What will adding this many people to our country and trying to maintain our current high standard of living do to our food requirements, roads and traffic patterns, loss of open spaces, access to national parks and wildlife, and our energy and water consumption? Any talk of renewables solving our problems is pure fantasy, as it will fall far short of what our growth will be in these areas due to population increases — unless we want to go back to a Third World standard of living.
Hence, it is impossible to be an environmentalist and support a continued policy of unchecked immigration into this country. Yes, there will have to be some tough choices made in regards to deportation and border control (though once informed, most reasonable citizens would be willing to go along with these and pay more in goods and services as a result).
Does it really make sense to crush our own society in a naïve and futile attempt to solve the world’s poverty and population problems?
(Re: “Climategate,” Danish Plan, Dec. 3.) As usual, Paul Danish offers us an entertaining read. Climate scientists in the U.S. have been skeptical about the Climate Research Unit for some time, largely because their data don’t include Arctic ocean temperatures. That means they’re always filling up holes in their models with weird datasets drawn from other programs. Not a recipe for credibility. Their problems shouldn’t affect the tions, like Boulder-based NCAR and NSIDC.
not irrational of Paul to despair of “fixing” climate change, but I’d
like to point out that many of the climateadaptive changes he advocates
would go a long way to reducing carbon emissions. Depending on foreign
oil is not a smart way to go in a coming era of resource wars and
transport disruptions. It makes much more sense to generate energy
right here at home. In Colorado, that means wind, sun, geothermal and
Seth Masia/Managing Editor, Solar Today, Boulder Thank
you, Paul, for having the intellectual honesty to do what the major
news outlets in this country refuse to do: change your opinion based on
evidence. I am glad that you are not willing to sacrifice your
credibility for an agenda like the CRU “scientists” did.
Nonsense on nukes
(“Why reduce nukes now?” Letters, Nov. 26.) In his letter of Nov. 26, Donald Moskowitz said what is usually said to defend nuclear “weapons.” More must be said.
bombs cannot be used in defense or attack without destroying the place
being fought over. The deadly effects of nuclear bombs cannot be
limited to a target or to anything less than a hemisphere, or for any
time less than forever.
“counter force” attack of 50 bombs can put enough soot into the
atmosphere to block the sunlight and devastate terrestrial life on this
planet with a nuclear winter. That aside, China, with its billion
people, Russia, with its 15 time zones, or any other country can be
virtually annihilated by 200 H bombs. Excepting only the U.S. and
Russia, the world’s nuclear powers have stockpiled only a few hundred
country’s continuing pursuit of “usable” bombs to threaten with has
been the greatest threat to us since the 1950s. As I write this, eight
Ohio Class submarines are at sea, with four of them “on station” to
attack Russia and catch their missiles on the ground. Russia’s
long-range missiles and ours are on permanent launch-on-warning alert.
On Nov. 26, 1997, a satellite launch from an island off Norway almost
caused the end of the world. It was the third time a snap decision by a
Russian saved us.
Nuclear apartheid is not sustainable.
countries can acquire nukes in five to 15 years. If the U.S. considers
the H Bomb an indispensable instrument of policy, so will others. The
alternative is abolition.
damning Iran for its suspect, yet still unproven, program to build
nuclear weapons, Donald Moskowitz curiously fails to mention that
Israel is the only Middle Eastern nation to possess operational nukes —
as many as 500, according to the authoritative Jane’s Intelligence
Review. Numerous other Western sources (including the CIA in 1976)
accuse Israel of possessing WMDs. Israeli academic Avner Cohen has
written a book about the topic, Israel and the Bomb, which was reviewed in the prestigious New York Review of Books. Israeli nuclear
technician Mordechai Vanunu indicated that Israel had between 100 and
200 nukes (including thermonuclear weapons) during revelations
published in the London Sunday Times in 1986. Vanunu spent many years
languishing in solitary confinement for his courageous action.
to the point, Iran has not committed aggression against any nation for
almost a century. Israel, however, has attacked Lebanon six times,
Egypt at least twice, Jordan, Syria, Libya, Iraq and the USA (remember
the USS Liberty incident?) — not to mention scores of cross-border
“incursions” — during its 61-year existence.
from the track record, which nation has proven itself more dangerous to
Middle East stability — Iran or Israel? For those unfamiliar with the
attack on the USS Liberty, go to the USS Liberty Veterans Association
Protect Union Reservoir
Buffalo once roamed the
native grasslands east of the Rocky Mountains when this land was Indian
country. Some found their way to an ancient buffalo wallow at a
glacially carved-out depression, which later would become Union
Reservoir. Today the reservoir is used for water storage, but it has
also evolved into an ecologically sensitive area, supporting an
impressive variety of migratory birds, including the bald eagle.
In the area between
the reservoir and the St. Vrain River, there is an active bald eagle’s
nest and a winter eagle roost that may be one of the largest roosts in
Northern Colorado. During March of 2003 an exceptional number of eagles
— more than 100 — were observed in one sighting at Union Reservoir.
Clearly, the land east of Longmont is an important part of the bald
cities redefine their borders and make plans for extensive development
in this area, I have serious concerns that the winter eagle population
may be threatened as urban development encroaches upon habitat at Union
Reservoir and nearby water bodies. I and other citizens would like the
wildlife habitat and rural character of the area surrounding Union
Reservoir to be preserved in perpetuity so that eagles will always
return each winter. As a Native American, I consider the presence of
eagles living close by our town to be a blessing.
is a belief among many Native people that bald eagles are sacred; they
are messengers of our prayers to the creator. I pray each day to
protect the natural world and to prevent human-imposed destruction or
degradation of extraordinary places where eagles congregate, such as at
Union Reservoir. This area has a unique native history that is worthy
of honoring and should be preserved. It is a cause our community should
The truth about Tillman
It’s past time
to ask important questions about Gen. Stan McChrystal and his
involvement with the tragic death and subsequent cover-up of Pat
Americans also need to know about Gen. McChrystal’s “oversight” of Camp Nama and the torture that took place on his watch.
are tired of being lied to, especially by those “leaders” we trust to
make necessary decisions about the wellbeing of our troops.
Obama must lead the world
This December the
whole world will be watching as global leaders meet in Copenhagen to
build the framework for an international treaty to fight climate
change. Boulder has been hosting some fantastic local events, like the
flash mob in the University of Colorado’s UMC Fountain area last
Friday, and the Hope March on Pearl Street this past Sunday, and I
fully support them. As a student and member of the commonwealth deeply
concerned about climate change, I hope that President Obama hears the
growing number of voices from people across the country. We want
President Obama be a strong and committed leader at these negotiations
to move them forward.
said that climate change is a top priority for the administration —
this is his moment to prove that he knows just how dire the
consequences of inaction will be. The rest of the world will follow
what America does, and as a proud American, I want my country to lead
us all down the right path. Right now is the best chance we have to
show the world that we’re committed to being a part of the solution.
President Obama, please be the leader the world needs. Please follow
the Boulder events that support Copenhagen climate treaty negotiations
and the conference in Copenhagen itself over the next few weeks.
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