READERS WRITE: MAR. 20

Bernie Sanders and other socialist politicians are appealing to a great number of our youth. They like the idea of free college, free health care and free money, as in guaranteed monthly income. As old-fashioned as it sounds these days, there is a lot to be said for paying your own way and working hard to get what you want. It will make a person cherish what they earned and preserve and protect what they labored to achieve. We “older folks” were preached this by our elders, who fought and struggled before us for the very freedom to make our own way in this world to achieve our goals. The socialists are offering our youth mediocrity.

A recent column makes claims that freshman Congresswoman A. Ocasio-Cortez and other “environmentalists” are essentially alarmists concerning climate change and that the earth is resilient to catastrophe (Walter E. Williams, “Earth is not fragile, climate alarmists notwithstanding,” Opinion, March 6). He misses the point entirely. It is not the planet that is imperiled, but humanity itself. Civilization is based on the relatively stable global climate that has existed since the end of the last Ice Age. But, for the last few centuries, humans have been treating the atmosphere and the oceans as a free dumping site for massive amounts of carbon, raising the carbon dioxide level in the biosphere to levels not previously seen in man’s short time on Earth. The overwhelming consensus among atmospheric scientists (98 percent) is that this is causing the rapidly rising temperatures we are experiencing, along with melting poles, rising sea levels, and terrifying extremes in weather patterns. The congresswoman is alerting us to a dire emergency that requires an immediate response. PRICE CORDLE, ARMUCHEE

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