April 17, 2014 Issue


For now, we each must draw our own conclusions

Dear Editor:

A recent Dartmouth study of how some people react when presented with facts that contradict their strongly held beliefs is surprising. When people who are opposed to vaccinations were given scientific findings on the effectiveness of vaccines they became even more entrenched in their discredited beliefs.

I suspect the same may be true of people who deny that human activity is largely responsible for global climate change. These folks don’t let facts get in the way of their unscientific opinions. They often resort to name calling, repeat misinformation, and blame a vast left wing conspiracy.



Robert Clements and Allen W. Johnson have written letters to the editor claiming that volcanic activity dwarfs human activity when it comes to generating carbon dioxide (CO2). Robert Clements cites the eruption of Mount St. Helens in 1980 as far out producing humans’ contribution to a rise in atmospheric CO2. In reality, Mount St. Helen’s generated about 0.2 billion tons of CO2. Human activity during the same period produced at least 20 billion tons per year. Human activity in 1980 generated about 100 times more CO2 than did the eruption of Mount St. Helens. In an average year humans burning fossil fuels produce 135 times that amount of CO2 produced by volcanic activity.

Robert Clements also pointed to the oil well fires in Kuwait set by Saddam Hussein 1991 as dwarfing the CO2 produced by all other concurrent human activity. In fact those burning oil wells account for 2 percent of the CO2 produced by humans burning petroleum that year.

Each of us has to draw our own conclusions about what is causing global climate change. If we are responsible, we must act on our convictions. I may never realize my dream of owning a Tesla or any other zero emissions electric vehicle that can be recharged using solar power. However, by practicing strict conservation in my use of fossil fuels I can act on my conviction that we human are responsible for climate change.

Increasing numbers of severe weather events will lend further support to this science based conclusion. Public policy will then by necessity be brought to bear on the man-made problem of global climate change.

Randy Cain,


Citizen thanks commissioners

Thanks to the Commissioners of Glascock County (and taxpayers thereof) for the beautiful repair job on the Senior Citizens’ Building in Gibson, which was damaged by the recent snow and ice storm. We commend them for choosing such a capable contractor for the task, appreciated the beautiful and pleasing new colors in each room of the facility and, also thank them for the new treadmill at the facility. How grateful we are of the Gibson First Baptist Church for permitting us to use their fellowship hall during the repair process.

How wonderful it is to be provided with a place to meet with other seniors during the week, and to have two capable, caring, and dedicated employees assigned to the facility. We encourage other eligible seniors to share with us at the Glascock Senior Citizen Facility and then you will be able to appreciate what the commissioners and taxpayers of Glascock County have provided for us.


Mildred Usry Thompson (Clarence)

Glascock County resident seeks help with road conditions

This letter is to bring attention to an issue and to express my gratitude to those who have supported me.

I recently had some problems with the dirt road that we live on in Glascock County. While I did “choose” to live on a dirt road because that is where my family’s land is, I do feel that it is the county’s responsibility to maintain it appropriately.

After asking numerous times for our road to be tended to, it was; the day before a big rain. It was “scraped” in such a manner that all of the loose dirt was left in the road and not pushed to the side. Needless to say, after getting stuck in a four-wheel drive that couldn’t be driven out and the other traffic that traveled it, it was a horrid mess.

Although there was no attempt of such, my husband and I felt that had our family needed emergency assistance there was no way an ambulance or fire truck would have been able to access it in its condition; we felt the dirt had been left in the road because we’d complained, which made us very angry. After a run in with the road maintenance supervisor and finding out that our ditches had intentionally not been pulled in about two years because I’d complained at that time (I complained about the amount of debris that was left in the road, not the actual pulling of them), I felt compelled to get on Facebook and out in the community and ask for those who were in agreement with me that a change was needed in the road maintenance, to add their names to a list. The response was overwhelming!

In two afternoons, and with the help of a few other people, 153 names of voters and/or taxpayers had made it to the list with roads they had concerns about. There were many more people who had reached out but I did not have the time to get to. I attended the county commissioners’ meeting to address them and the concerns of the citizens.

There was another person on the agenda who asked for help with the road his church is on; I was saddened to hear that they had not only lost congregation members, but the opportunity to participate with activities involving the afterschool program. He had been before the commissioners before asking for the road to be fixed with no results. I heard the same story numerous times while out speaking with people..that they’d complained and were told it would be seen about, then nothing changed and they’d never heard anything else.

Many people wrote letters to the commissioners about the problems with their road and their encounters with the road maintenance supervisor, which I gave the commissioners copies of. I told them of the concerns I’d personally had and some of the stories that had been shared with me. My understanding is that, as of now, the only change that has been made is that a log of concerns/complaints will be kept as residents call in to the commissioner’s office and that there will be a follow up to the person.

I urge anyone who has a problem with the dirt road they live on, or travel frequently, to please call the commissioner’s office to report it as well as any other concerns they have.

I cannot thank those enough who were willing to help get signatures, wrote letters, prayed for me, texted me well wishes, and came to sit in support…I am forever grateful.


Sarah Brooks


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