Climate change not a hoax

I spent a little bit of my undergraduate experience studying climate change before veering off into entomology. As an entomologist, it's really easy to detect, recognize and monitor climate effects on tiny critters, because so much of their growth is dependent on and regulated by ambient climate events.

So for people in my field, climate change is pretty much a "duh." But when I moved back here, my home, and talked with folks, there was still a bizarre number of people claiming climate change is a "hoax." From just about every scientific field and understanding it's obviously happening, and someone has to be really aloof to even question it.

I don't want to be mean, but you really have to be arrogantly inattentive to speak on the subject when overwhelmingly just about every industrial sector, corporation, the military, farmers, most governments, every reputable scientist and every passive naturalist observer — pretty much anyone anywhere with any modicum of attachment to basic geophysics — says action is required. And yet people still think it's a hoax.

But, here we are, 112 degrees. Climate change: not a hoax, folks.

Corey McQueen

Central Point

Time for justice

It is that time of year again. Labor day is right around the corner. Wildfires are raging. Back-to-school and seasons changing will soon begin.

One needed change, however, has never come. That is the solving of the heinous murders of Dave Lewis and Troy Carney. Both men were found brutally murdered over Labor Day in 2008. Dave was burned to death on Dead Indian Memorial Road, inclusive of two separate cabins. Truck lumper Troy Carney was found shot in the head, on the Greenway.

There are rewards in both cases. Killers got away, no arrests, under then-sheriff Mike Winters. Winters, who called himself Zebra One at work, refused to ever meet with either Lewis or Carney families and did not follow protocol in the investigations.

It's a small county. It is mostly filled with good, kind, positive and caring people. We are begging those who know of killer arsonists fleeing justice to please come forward. It's nine years of evil walking free and nine years of the aftermath of murder for others.

The spirits of David and Troy live on. It is time for honorable arrests, while truth and integrity surface.

Linda Lewis

Ashland

Rothschild is right

After reading Herb Rothschild's article on the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and their Shakespeare plays I wanted to add my confirmation to his opinion.

I have been very disappointed in OSF’s effort to modernize Shakespeare. I keep wondering if they believe their audience is so dull that they can’t find the core meaning in a Shakespeare play and relate it to current world events on their own.

To mess with beautiful classics so drastically hasn’t proved very successful with audiences so far. I hope the box office relays the message and we can once again enjoy Shakespeare plays at OSF.

Joan Dean

Talent