Protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
To the editor:
While Arctic National Wildlife Refuge lies far from Hanover, Dartmouth students remain committed to the nation’s high-latitude lands. We do have the Still North in our hearts, after all. That’s why we’re proud to see our own Sen. Jeanne Shaheen co-sponsor S.2461, the Arctic Refuge Protection Act.
Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is a national treasure, owned by all Americans. It is home to the Porcupine caribou herd, polar bears, musk oxen and gray wolves. Birds that migrate from Arctic refuge to all 50 states — like the dunlin in New Hampshire — use the refuge’s coastal plain. The refuge is the homeland to the Gwich’in who have profound ties to the 19.6 million acres of rich land.
On Jan. 20, President Biden placed a moratorium on refuge oil and gas leases, a crucial step to protecting the refuge. In the waning days of his administration, President Donald Trump sold off several leases — albeit fetching a price only .67% of the originally-boasted numbers. These lands, which the Gwich’in people refer to as “the sacred place where life begins,” were sold off for a meager $25 an acre.
Drilling in the Arctic would be devastating for Indigenous people, plant communities and wildlife populations.
We are among this majority of Americans who hope to see federal wildlands and the species that inhabit them preserved for future generations. As students with a deep commitment to the health of the environment, we lend our support to Sen. Shaheen for representing us in Congress.
Soleil Gaylord & Nicholas Mancini
Easier to spread conspiracy, and fan violent attacks, than accept facts
To the editor:
Another day, another White-on-Asian violent atrocity, this one the worst yet and still another black eye for the U.S. Capitol-storming, election-denying demographic.
Apparently, there is a large segment of former President Donald Trump's supporters who still don’t get the fact that the bat or dog bites transferring the COVID-19 coronavirus in China’s Wuhan province to human beings in late 2019 could’ve happened somewhere in Madagascar instead. Or in some sleepy, dusty Texas Panhandle town. Or maybe a border city on the New Hampshire/Massachusetts line.
No, it’s much easier to follow former Trump’s xenophobic lead, calling the infection the “China virus” as part of his evil rhetoric, and add innocent Asian Americans to the list of those for his fans to hate.
The recent atrocity in Atlanta involved the assassination of eight people in massage parlors at three different locations. Six were of Asian descent. Robert Aaron Long is being held and has already given information linking himself with the murders, according to police, and footage from cameras recorded him in the area as well.
This year-plus crime wave against a blameless segment of our population has actually intensified in recent months despite the proliferation of the three new vaccines that are hopefully spelling the slow end of the pandemic. Stop AAPI Hate (targeting Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders) reported nearly 4,000 domestic criminal attacks since early 2020, many of them physical, including the attack on a 91-year-old man who was roughed up and shoved bodily onto the ground in Oakland, California.
A number of similar sneak attacks against older Asian men and women have been captured on street cams, and the most common modus operandi is for a younger white man to collide roughly from behind with the elderly victim, spilling him or her onto the pavement and then continuing on quickly. One wonders if the same perpetrators would be as eager to engage in one-on-one assaults with a young, fit 20-something Asian-American under the same circumstances.
It’s unfortunately easier for some to spread conspiracies about the coronavirus, instead of the basic fact that the spread began with the horrendous transfer of saliva among mammals.
One wonders if cooler heads will prevail at some point, or if we have even reached the tipping point of an ugly, irrational mentality. Decent Americans continue to be disgusted by the cycle of violence that now explodes in the news nearly every single day.
William F. Klessens
Biden's brave new climate plan
To the editor:
President Joe Biden has put climate change at the forefront of his agenda of change. He is well aware of the dangerous and deadly consequences climate change will rain if not fully taken care of. Recently, he has put forward a new infrastructure plan.
Changing infrastructure is a key step for the United States to adapt to a green and sustainable way of life. His plan will cost around $2 trillion and will mostly be paid for in a raise for cooperating taxes. The plan will allow for greener changes from electric vehicles, modernizing water systems, switching to clean energy, and creating union jobs.
These changes will allow for the United States to adapt to a green base system and become a leader for clean energy. Addressing the issues of climate change head-on will help stop the dangerous consequences and put the United States in a key position as a world leader.
Bring on the noise
To the editor:
If you like making noise, then Derry is the place for you.
Whether you ride a motorcycle or drive a modified car, you can feel free to be as loud as you want without being pulled over. Apparently, Derry has no noise limits, even though there are such limits in other New Hampshire towns.
If you need proof, just spend some time in town and you'll be convinced that, if you're a noisemaker, you couldn't find a better place to live.
A gag rule is a bad idea
To the editor:
Are you concerned about the effects of global warming? In New Hampshire, carbon pollution in the air increases asthma and health costs. Extreme weather brings floods and drought, threatening our homes, roads and bridges, and our farmers’ crops.
We look to our government to help find solutions. But in New Hampshire, our representatives on the Science, Technology, and Energy Committee are promoting a bill that would prevent the discussion of any plan.
House Bill 373 “prohibits the department of environmental services from participating in discussions of any state, regional, or national low carbon fuel standards program … or planning of such programs.”
This bill is promising New Hampshire citizens that our government will not plan to reduce carbon. We will continue to put carbon in the atmosphere. And we won’t even talk about it.
In case this sounds like a bad idea to you, please contact the representatives who have sponsored this “gag bill,” HB 373: Rep. Jeanine Notter of Hillsborough 21; Rep. Michael Vose of Rockingham 9; Rep. Michael Harrington of Strafford 3; Rep. Glen Aldrich of Belknap 2; and Rep. Jason Osborne of Rockingham 4.
We need representatives who solve problems. Not those who turn their backs on them.
To the editor:
While more and more residents of New Hampshire now have the choice of getting the vaccine for COVID-19, I want to thank everyone who continues to wear a mask while out food shopping.
Private companies have the right to deny entry, even though the governor has stopped the mandate. Businesses have the right to protect their employees who have the right to expect it.
And if you cannot wear a mask for any medical reason, do not assume you are allowed to enter a business and state you don’t or can’t wear a mask and be allowed to stay when you compromise the health of others.
Some businesses are able to offer curbside pickup, but in some situations, it’s not possible due to staff size, service, or other reasons.
This is not to say businesses aren’t wanting to have you as a customer. Remember that they are wanting to keep everyone healthy. Where it’s almost impossible to remain 6-feet, apart it’s necessary.
Please be respectful of these essential workers who are just trying to do their jobs. Call in advance, read the signs on storefronts, and keep foul language to yourself.
During these trying times be patient. No one wants to wear a mask any longer than necessary. Set a good example for children. Follow health guidelines. Be safe. Help to keep others safe.
Our community needs each one of us.
Immigration system needs to be fixed
To the editor:
Joe Biden inherited a border crisis, as did Donald Trump and the presidents before them.
It is time America owned this crisis and did something about it.
Our immigration system has not been restructured since 1965. For too long, we have resorted to the blame game, rather than the hard work of figuring out, together, a reasonable and humane border policy that takes into account the present world conditions, secures the border and recognizes the role of immigration in our economic recovery and long-term economic growth.
Obviously, we can’t just open the borders to all comers and must secure points of entry and invest in more technology and personnel to maintain control along the entire border.
Just as obviously, immigrants are a positive force in our nation, holding jobs that are important to our economy and communities. There is a high employer demand for workers in such industries as farming, fishing, forestry, cleaning and maintenance, the food industry, construction, home care aides, et cetera.
When are we citizens, and the officials we elect to govern, going to stop making this a divisive political issue and take responsibility for solving these problems by providing the resources needed and making enforceable, uniform laws and adequate labor protections that allow workers to come to the U.S. temporarily or permanently and contribute to our economy?
Take action against climate change
To the editor:
2020 was the hottest year on record, and not in a distant, tropical-paradise type of way: the Christmas rain in Southern New Hampshire was still in recent memory, along with a general lack of snowfall well into 2021.
Along with reduced snowfall is a reduced ski season, which not only impacted us personally but is also bound to have implications in the economy of the state: fewer tourism dollars from Massachusetts, hardship in the tourist towns up north, fewer Massachusetts drivers on the highway — the last of which I do not personally object.
On the brighter side, a bill has just been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives that will put our climate on a safer path. The Energy Innovation Act will make substantial reductions in domestic climate pollution, incentivize similar reductions globally, create and protect U.S. jobs, boost the economy and help the poor.
The Energy Innovation Act places a fee on carbon at the source and encourages a change to a cleaner energy market with new technology to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The act will also include a dividend where all the money from the fee will go back to citizens in equal shares.
We ask for your support on this bill in order to help ensure a healthier and cleaner future. If you are interested in helping us to petition for change then you can join Citizens Climate Lobby (http://cclusa.org/join).