ALLEN BUCKLEY, SMYRNA
Columnist wrong in pointing blame for Afghanistan calamity
Wow, it didn’t take long for Patricia Murphy to board the Trump train, based on her AJC Aug. 18 column. She says the cause of the calamity in Afghanistan is because senators aren’t doing “what they are supposed to do.” Over the past 20 years, 12 have been under Republican control. During the eight years under a Democratic president, they complained about the lack of bipartisanship, followed by efforts to foil programs proposed by Democrats -- deja vu in 2020. Now, everything is the Democrats’ fault. Like most Americans, we are sad that the Taliban has taken over the country in record time. That said, if Trump had pulled our troops, they would be singing his praises while blaming Democrats for allegedly trying to block that withdrawal. The way I see it, U.S. authoritarian dictatorship is alive and well, and democracy is suffering a slow death only because the GOP is hell-bent on destroying our country as well.
SUSAN MATEJA, DECATUR
Plant Vogtle’s construction problems hurt taxpayers
Recent news of Plant Vogtle is about more delay, more cost overruns. Now, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission finds more construction faults, with overruns in construction dates and budget numbers. Every critic of this troubled, many-do-overs nuclear construction quagmire is correct. Every power company claim and promise has been broken.
The cascading costs will be dumped onto Georgians by our company-captive Georgia Public Service Commission. Unknown millions have already been taken from Georgia’s elderly, school taxes, and others and used in the shell game financing, all based on the now-obvious false claim of “lower-cost electricity” in the future. It’s a dinosaur-scale mess that needs more investigation and lots of sunlight on it.
ROBERT SEARFOSS, ATLANTA
Climate modeling and weather forecasting not the same
Re: the letter “Real threats to U.S. are government control, debt”, (Readers Write, Aug. 19), we must periodically reiterate the same points in order to combat misinformation and misconceptions.
The writer states “many people are understandably skeptical about 50- or 100-year climate predictions when we can’t forecast tomorrow’s weather”. We must repeat the point that weather forecasting and climate modeling are very different, and climate modeling certainly can be done with a much higher degree of confidence than a weather forecast.
Maybe you can’t predict exactly where in the river a molecule of water will be in the next minute or two, but you do know with confidence where the river goes.
CHRIS JONES, CONYERS