North Kitsap Herald Letters to the Editor | July 16
July 16, 2008 · 9:36 AM
Day of Caring
Camp Fire USA says ‘Thanks’
The leaders and members of Camp Fire USA, Kitsap County would like to extend a huge thank you to everyone who participated in the June 20 Day of Caring at Camp Niwana in Port Orchard. We especially would like to thank the Kitsap Credit Union Employees, the crews of the USS Nevada and their Commanders and Tim Lundberg of Parker Lumber. Your material donations and your time working at Camp Niwana is appreciated by all the campers and members of Camp Fire USA. Because of you our campers will have a safe and enjoyable camping experience this summer and many summers to come.
Camp Fire USA Leaders and Members
Conflict of interest is disturbing
I am a junior officer in the U.S. military and have been trained on the issues of conflict of interest with contractors. In my opinion it is a glaring conflict of interest for judicial candidates to accept practicing Kitsap attorneys’ campaign donations.
While the law may permit this questionable practice, I believe our judicial candidates must opt to decline these contributions and stand independent of real or potential conflict.
This issue is pertinent because we have Judicial candidates Jeanette Dalton and Greg Wall taking in a striking amount of campaign donations from their fellow attorneys. Judicial candidate Bruce Danielson’s principled decision to not accept contributions from area attorneys is most commendable.
Send a message to the candidates as to which standard of behavior you endorse. I, for one, will vote for and support Mr. Danielson’s taking the high road on the noble principle of judicial independence.
Crosby J. Olsen
Visitor says Adele’s view is ‘narrow’
As a visitor from Australia I was very interested to read your newspaper to gets a glimpse of local issues and views. I was absolutely amazed by the article “This decision slipped under the radar” By Adele Ferguson labeled “Like it is.”
The author of the article seems to have a very narrow base of information for her discussion on global warming. The section which reads, “if greenhouse gases were responsible for global warming, then both the Arctic and Antarctic would be experiencing warming, but they aren’t” is based on erroneous information.
There is extensive scientific evidence that both the Arctic and Antarctic are experiencing warming, ice sheets in both these regions are melting at an alarming rate.
Huge slabs of ice break off the ice shelves around Antarctica each summer and have been doing so for the past two decades. Glaciers in New Zealand and the Andes, Europe have all retreated in the past two decades or so. The summer and winter temperatures in many regions have increased – South East Australia has experienced record high temperatures – more days in summer of over 100 degrees Fahernheit and more warmer days in winter due to the increased number of high pressure systems that remain stationary over the region.
This has also resulted in a dramatic lessening of rainfall – a prolonged drought has been going now for over 10 years and rainfall continues to decrease each year. Our major river system the Murray Darling is dying due to lack of year round rain and alpine snow melt in the spring.
The American National Geographic has published many articles on the issue. Scientific publications such as “New Scientist” publish more articles supporting global warming theory than negating it.
The Internet is a good research resource for a wide range of articles from the United States and countries around the world. Relying on the views and publications of one association the Washington Contract Loggers Association shows that this discussion was founded on poor research thus the conclusions drawn are totally unreliable.
I would suggest that the author is simply expounding the views of a group that has a narrow monetary-driven environmental agenda that is part of global corporate sector with poor long-term management of resources.
Bundalong, Melbourne, Victoria
Isn’t there already a parking issue downtown?
In the July 2 Herald, there is a sub-banner on the front page “Downtown Poulsbo: So many cars, so few parking.”
And it’s into this mess the city, in its infinite wisdom, has chosen to throw the resultant traffic and parking problems of a new city hall.
It’s enough to make strong men weep.