To the editor:
When I sat in my fifth-grade science class in 1943, I listened to my science teacher tell us about the earth's relation to the sun.
Dr. Sanderson told us the sun warmed the earth, and the earth was protected from the heat from the sun by an atmosphere.
If the earth did not rotate, the side facing the sun would burn up and the dark side would be too cold to support life.
The reason we have winters and summers is the earth not only rotates on its axis, it nutates (wobbles), and the poles receive less sunlight resulting in polar ice caps.
The atmosphere is comprised of gases: oxygen supports human life, carbon dioxide plant life. Dust and carbon particles protect us from the sun's rays and all are required to support life.
Don't know what is taught in school science classes today, but there must have been some changes because the Environmental Protection Agency is trying to provide clean air by removing carbon dioxide and carbon particles from the air.
This year, we are experiencing the result of reducing carbon by the EPA imposing regulations on industry reducing carbon and decreased carbon dioxide.
EPA regulations prohibit undergrowth clearing removing diseased trees and harvesting trees to form fire breaks. This provides fuel for fires.
Has this allowed the sun's rays to heat up the atmosphere?
Has the reduction of carbon dioxide weakened the trees, making them vulnerable to bark beetle infestation?
If so, the EPA must accept some of the blame for the fires that have burned our forests, claimed lives and destroyed homes.
Bob Brewster, Cocoa
To the editor:
Now our local lawmakers want to outlaw the "sign flashers," because it causes a distraction to drivers causing a potential hazard?
What's with that?
I personally hate to see the sign flashers, but they are contributing to our economy by being paid, thus paying taxes and earning a living when people are at their most desperate time in their lives.
They are not in the unemployment line, stealing or robbing other people to feed their families.
Listen to the news. The hazards that cause distractions are cell phone users, people texting, road side memorials with plastic flowers, crosses and who knows what.
These roadside graves are there for ages. The people who passed in each particular memorial are buried elsewhere and their spirit (believed to be) is gone. But the over-decorated memorials are sometimes over the top.
And then there are all the political signs: Vote for Susie; Vote for John, etc. etc., tons of them. They are there to "read" while behind the wheel. Isn't that a distraction?
And the yard sale signs. Some are never removed. I'm not against them because they are usually removed and only on weekends.
And (how about) the "student car wash" signs to earn money to do something or other? These kids jump out in front of cars pushing a sign out into traffic. They are very scantily dressed purposely to "get a drivers attention." Hello?
Do the lawmakers plan on stopping that as well?
These kids are doing anything they can to earn cash for their school projects. These "dangerous distractions" listed are the tip of the iceberg. Grand openings with balloons and large colorful signs - all directed to drivers.
The paid "sign flashers" are contributing to our economy, buying products and keeping the ball rolling until America figures it out, and we can get back on line with the economy. We will pull out of it!
Let the flashers earn a living if a company wants to pay. Lawmakers need to find something else to vote on.
They should find something that is worth paying themselves for to vote on in city and county meetings. Let them decide on coffee, decaf or hot tea and what choice of assorted donuts? No good? Outlaw it!
Darlene Powell, Melbourne