I’ve been thinking about the role science plays in our lives especially since President Trump’s disrespect for this highly respected discipline is so apparent.
His appointment of Scott Pruitt, a climate change denier and representative of the Oklahoma fossil fuel industry, to head the Environmental Protection Agency is evidence of his disrespect. Pruitt is causing the resignations of EPA scientists. The climate scientists are trying to save the world.
Trump’s lack of knowledge about the research findings related to the impact of CO2 emissions on the global environment and Earth’s future is irrational, embarrassing and dangerous.
Trump needs to respect the conclusion of 97 percent of the world’s climate scientists: “Climate warming trends over the past century are extremely likely due to human activities” (NASA Global Climate Change website).
He also needs to accept the decisions of 196 of the world’s countries whose leaders agreed to do their part in reducing carbon emissions as the basis of the United Nations Paris Agreement.
Elizabeth Warren in her new book, This Fight Is Our Fight, expressed my view: “No matter what the issue, we need our best scientists giving us the best evidence and their best opinions about how to resolve the problems we face. But in the case of climate change, when the corrosive influence of money undercuts both our confidence in science and the work of our scientists, we are inflicting a wound on ourselves from which the human race may never recover.”
How could we have elected a president who distrusts the conclusion reached by our climate scientists?
The bumper sticker I saw the other day says it all: “Strong Science = Strong America!”
Join to save ?Coach House
Once again Coach House Theatre had a wonderful production with Ken Ludwig’s Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery. Mark Stoffer as Sherlock Holmes and Scott Shriner as Dr. Watson were great, as usual, and Geoff Knox, Joe Pine and Tess Burgler were wonderful and witty in the many, uncanny roles they played.
Thanks also to Nancy Cates and Terry Burgler as artistic directors and staff for another wonderful production and successful season. The real mystery was how Tess Burgler kept the numerous characters’ various accents straight.
And now the bad news: This was their last production for Coach House (‘‘Curtain to close on Coach House Theatre,’’ Beacon Journal, May 18). How sad. The city is always looking for ways to keep and attract people to the Akron area. Is there anyone or perhaps a joint effort that would be able to help?
Chuck and Donna Allen
Only one tops ?the Chosen One
I am 57 years old. I have been watching the NBA for 50 years, and I have seen a lot of NBA greats such as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Earl Monroe, Elvin Hayes and Rick Barry.
LeBron James is the second-greatest player of all time, behind only Wilt Chamberlain. It is hard to compare a center to a small forward, but I have. LeBron’s only weakness is at the free-throw line, about 75 percent for his career.
He should have been the defensive player of the year at least four times. What Kawhi Leonard is doing LeBron has been doing all of his career. From his second year, he has been the best player. The Chosen One has not disappointed the NBA.
Joe Lennon Palmer