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Caution when swimming

I’d like to say a word about the man who died in Salem Lake last week (“Police identify body found in lake,” June 20). We don’t know all the circumstances of this man’s death. I’m glad to read that police have found no signs of foul play. But it’s a sad reminder, at the beginning of summer, that people need to take care when swimming or playing in the water.

We always think it’s so much fun to go swimming, but even the strongest swimmer can have difficulty if he or she is tired or impaired in some way. Sometimes accidents happen even under the best of circumstances.

It’s especially dangerous for someone to go swimming in a place like a city lake, where no swimming is allowed, and where there are no life guards on duty.

When I was a teenager (some 20 years or so ago), I had a friend who drowned by swimming in a restricted area. The pain left to his family members and friends is immeasurable. I still think about him.

Swimming is a typical summertime activity. We vacation at the beach or lakes and enjoy being outdoors and in the water. It’s refreshing.

But adults need to keep an eye on their children and children need to keep an eye on each other. I hope this is the only drowning incident we read about this summer, but I don’t think it will be.

Andy Valentine


Trump’s financial records

I think President Trump’s interview with George Stephanopoulos, aired on June 16, was quite revealing and will be discussed for some time to come.

Mostly what it revealed is that Trump has no idea what he’s talking about.

For instance, he repeatedly told Stephanopoulos that he thought his “financial statement” should be seen: “When you will see my financial statement, at some point I assume it’s going to be released, you’ll be very impressed by the job I’ve done.”

Stephanopoulos tried to get him to explain what financial statement he meant — his tax returns? His banking records? But Trump was incapable of making it clear just what he was talking about.

In the meantime, Trump is still blocking the release of his tax returns and his banking records, even going to court to prevent their release. If he wants them to be seen, why doesn’t he just release them? He could do so with a phone call.

He blames it on lawyers. It’s always someone else’s fault, isn’t it?

The emperor has no clothes.

Jane Simmons


Ignoring climate change

My rain gauge was full when I went out to get the paper on June 18, which was the third time in 10 days my gauge reached its limit of five inches. Climate scientists have been telling us global warming will cause more severe downpours because warmer temperatures promote evaporation and warmer air holds more moisture which leads to bigger downpours.

For more than 30 years, climate scientists have been warning us that we need to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions, but politicians say that addressing climate change will ruin the economy. The politicians are wrong. Dealing with climate change will help the economy; ignoring climate change will destroy the economy. The article “Livelihoods ‘destroyed’” in the June 18 Journal is an example of how we are destroying the economy. The floodwaters flowing down the Mississippi River from the Midwest are decimating gulf coast oyster, shrimp and crab fisheries. It’s so bad that both Mississippi’s and Louisiana’s governors have asked the federal government to declare a fisheries disaster. This is in addition to the flooding in the Midwest that is ruining the farm economy, and other disruptions from wildfires, coastal flooding and heat waves.

The problems will only get worse if we fail to act. It is time for Sens. Richard Burr and Thom Tillis and Reps. Virginia Foxx and Ted Budd to support effective, common-sense legislation like the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act.

Bill Blancato


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