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Carbon tax is important first step  in addressing global warming

Greenland:  A Laboratory For The Symptoms Of Global Warming

Greenland: A Laboratory For The Symptoms Of Global Warming

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Updated: September 23, 2013 2:32PM

Congratulations on Wednesday’s forceful editorial on global warming. Yes, we have to address it right away. And, yes, President Barack Obama’s program is just a small start.

I agree with you that a carbon tax is an essential goal. A carbon tax (with revenue rebated to the population) would steer both individuals and power companies away from carbon use and toward sustainable technologies like wind, solar and geothermal.

There are many reasons to think that the new report on global warming is understated. It takes years to put together something like this, and in the meantime the situation and the scientific data become more alarming all the time.

Much more than a carbon tax will be needed, but it is a very good first step.

Doug Burke, Oak Park

We’re supposed to stop it?

Most any Chicago-area child learns that the depressions that created the Great Lakes and left the fertile Midwestern soil were a result of glaciers that receded long ago. The warming has been going on for millennia, and many geologic reports indicate this is but the last of five cycles. Yet, for whatever reason, this time we caused it and are somehow supposed to stop it?

Earl Weiss, Skokie

‘ Born that way’ not based in fact

Tuesday editorial in favor of banning “gay conversion therapy” has no basis in fact; there is no scientific evidence to support the position that homosexuals are born that way. There is no such thing as a gay gene, and the editorial prefers to rely on New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s belief that people are born gay. It is apparent that Christie and the editorial writer do not believe in free will.

Donald Nauyokas, Brighton Park

Muslim Brotherhood terror

Let’s not abandon our friends in Egypt. When the Egyptian military removed President Hosni Mubarak, we supported that revolution. When President Mohamed Morsi acted against everything the first revolution stood for and the military removed him, that was the second revolution. Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood tried to change the country in ways that were contrary to the will of the people. Now the true colors of the Muslim Brotherhood have come out with their attacks on Christians. They are a terrorist organization.

Tom Ploski, Mt. Prospect

Tireless workers help minority businesses

The Alliance of Business Leaders and Entrepreneurs, an organization comprised of the leading black-owned businesses in the Chicago region, advocates for equality and parity of procurement opportunities in the public and private sector for black businesses.

In recent weeks there has been a great deal of discussion about Metra’s leadership at both the staff and board levels. Lost in all this finger-pointing is the work and leadership provided by those who advocated and championed issues that are of great importance to the African-American business community. Stan Rakestraw, president of SCR Transportation and a board member of ABLE, has worked tirelessly to ensure that minority companies are afforded fair and equal procurement opportunities with the commuter railway agency. Since January 2012, when Mr. Rakestraw joined the Metra board, he, along with Metra Vice-Chairman Larry Huggins, have worked to ensure that there is parity and equality in the bidding process and in the awarding of contracts to minority-owned businesses. Because of that work, thousands of Chicago area residents have been able to buy their first homes, pay college tuitions, pay taxes and provide for their families. Metra’s Flyover project is a recent example of where their leadership proved invaluable. On a project worth hundreds of millions of dollars, minority companies are being given the opportunity to bid, and are showing they can be competitive and win many contracts. Mr. Rakestraw’s and Mr. Huggins’ advocacy for equal access and opportunity for minority vendors and suppliers at Metra should be not be overlooked or forgotten.

Stephen Davis, Chairman of ABLE

John Roberson, President

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