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Played for fools
With April Fools' Day upon us, it appears that the meat, egg and dairy industries have been playing us for fools all year-round.
Their more remarkable hoaxes include "California's happy cows," "free-range chickens," "humane slaughter." All lies.
Less fun is the stuff they never talk about. Like the hundreds of millions of chickens crammed seven into a cage designed for one, unable to move or spread their wings. Or their hundreds of millions of male counterparts ground up live at birth and fed to other chickens, or just dumped into garbage bags to suffocate slowly. Or the miserable breeding sows producing millions of piglets per year while in tiny steel cages.
All in the spirit of year-round April Fools' Day, the meat industry has even developed a whole dictionary of fun terms to fool unwary consumers.
Those filthy cesspools of animal waste that poison downwind neighbors with odors? They call them "lagoons." And to make sure that kids don't confuse the pig flesh on their plate with "Babe" or "Wilbur," they call it "pork."
Ah, those meat industry folks are such kidders. But they won't be fooling American consumers much longer. Happy April Fools' Day, everyone!
— Claus Singer
Not so hot
Columns on climate change rarely have gravitas. Mr. Hazlehurst's ("Climate change: Deal with it," City Sage, March 25) is no exception.
The apocalyptic predictions aren't coming true. Climate models have been falsified, methods skewed toward desired outcomes. Climate science is questionable because the climate industry has been dishonest.
A founder of Greenpeace now says "climate change is a theory ... there is no scientific proof."
Look to ClimateAudit.org or StevenGoddard.wordpress.com to see how research has been muddled and rewritten to protect the climate industry. Climate change is big business, just like the military-industrial complex, Big Pharma, GMO food ... they all have their "science"!
Mr. Hazlehurst falls in line with old phrases: "settled science," "catastrophic drought, sea level rise," "existential threat." He calls candidates in a mayoral debate "illiterate" in a child's argument; fundamentally, "We're right, you're wrong."
Look at his comments: "3.5 million tons of CO2" put out by Colorado Springs every year in coal use. "Tons" and "3.5 million" ... WOW! So much ... except that in reality, it's infinitesimal.
The atmosphere weighs 5.5 quadrillion tons, so an intelligent way to represent this is, "our coal use adds tons of CO2 by 0.000000054 percent." Now that scary big number is actually super-incredibly tiny!
This illustrates the disingenuous propaganda. He goes on to proclaim the "facts" of warming, drought in California (the historic climate norm for the West), melting glaciers (melting since the Ice Age). None of this proves "direct, incontrovertible" truth that fossil-fuel use is key. This disaster rhetoric is so contrived it should throw up flags for any thinker.
Hazlehurst thinks people are to blame and that climate change is all bad. What if 50 percent of the planet is better off? Or 80 percent? One sure fact: Whether you want to blame people lies in your politics, not the science.
— John Wark
People before profits
The head of the United States Episcopal church, Katharine Jefferts Schori, recently made some very strong remarks on climate change.
"It is certainly a moral issue in terms of the impacts on the poorest and most vulnerable around the world already," she said. "Episcopalians understand the life of the mind is a gift of God and to deny the best of current knowledge is not using the gifts God has given you."
Ninety-seven percent of climate scientists, the best of our current knowledge, agree that climate change is impacted by human activity and that we need to act now to combat it. And a majority of Americans across political parties agree, want the federal government to take action on climate, and support the administration's Clean Power Plan, which sets the first ever federal limits on carbon pollution from existing power plants.
Despite consensus from faith leaders, scientists and the general public, however, big polluters and their allies in Congress continue trying to block vital public health and environmental safeguards. These climate deniers need to start putting people before profits and act on climate now.
— Anna McDevitt
Campaign organizer, Global Warming Solutions
I would like to add my opposing voice to the proposed zone change for the Broadmoor horse stables at 707 Cresta Road ("Rein check," News, March 11). This is a blatant imposition upon homeowners in that area who purchased their homes under the assumption that this area was a park, not a horse lot.
In addition to the effect upon those homeowners, the rest of us who must travel Cresta Road will be forced to come to a stop to allow horses and their riders to pass safely across the road. I fail to see any logic whatsoever in allowing this zoning change.
The Broadmoor can certainly find other areas to house their horses other than in the middle of a residential neighborhood. Their lack of local concern is appalling. First they build a fence around their property so local riffraff cannot enter, now they propose to impose upon those same people in their own neighborhoods!
Stand up to The Broadmoor and protect the residents.
— Patricia S. Mullen
What is happening to our parks? Why is the city cutting down all of the trees and bushes in the Pikes Peak Greenway? The area needs to be renamed The Stump Way or The Parking Lot.
The area around Monument and Fountain creeks used to be a nice park to walk or ride bikes along. Now there are no trees or bushes, but still lots of trash and questionable people just hanging about with their tents and shopping carts. There are dozens of shopping carts in Monument Creek and Fountain Creek, mostly Walmart carts. I guess it is advertising.
I took some friends from out of town to see our fine city, and they were afraid and appalled by the filthy conditions and all of the gangs hanging about. I guess living here, I just got used to the conditions but now looking at this through visitors' eyes it is pretty disgusting.
The worst, dirtiest parks seem to be: America the Beautiful, the whole Pikes Peak Greenway and Monument Creek Trail. I question if it is safe to be in these parks. I know I will not be taking any friends there again. It would be nice if families could go and take their children there, but it needs a lot of work before that can happen.
— Nard Claar
Editor's note: City forester Dennis Will says vegetation has been pulled along the Greenway when found to be an invasive species; drought-damaged; in the line of sight of cyclists, causing safety concerns; or in the path of city mowers, who want a 30-foot buffer on trail edges where feasible.