Here’s a question for ‘Matthew in the Middle’
Where does Matthew Owen get off using intelligence and logic to make his point?
David Swanson, Manila
Where is common sense? Not on display in Eureka
A group of us were on the Eureka waterfront boardwalk. A school group had just gotten off the Madaket.
The kids (probably fourth or fifth graders?) went over to the swirling gull sculpture. A barrier has been erected to subtly suggest “keep out.” However, kids went over and under the barrier and began twirling the sculpture. Suddenly it took a very sharp tilt!
A group member approached the kids and one of the several adults. The adult’s response? “Oh, there was no sign posted.” (I guess about pulling and tilting the sculpture!)
Apparently “common sense” is a lost art. We just need more signs: “Do not pull flowers out,” “Do not steal this car,” “Do not throw trash in the bay!” Or maybe we need adults to instill respect in their children.
Louise Bacon-Ogden, Eureka
Would you really take these odds with your kid?
I would like to point out what is rarely pointed out concerning the measles. This info is from the Centers for Disease Control website. Measles can be deadly to children, especially very young children. Severe complications in children and adults the statistics are: About 1 in 5 unvaccinated people who get measles will be hospitalized. As many as 1 out of 20 children who get measles will develop pneumonia, the most common cause of death from measles. About 1 out of every 1,000 who get measles will develop encephalitis, swelling of the brain which can lead to convulsions and leave the child deaf or with intellectual disability.Nearly 1 to 2 out of 1,000 children who become infected with the measles will die from respiratory and neurological complications. There is one rare but fatal side effect, subacute sclerosing panencephalitis (SSPE) which develops 7-10 years after a person has been infected and appears to be fully recovered. Four to 11 out of every 100,000 infected were estimated to be at risk. The risk is higher if infected before the age of 2.
My point? Would you really take these odds with your child? Something to consider.
Jack L. Eyton III, Eureka
Forests can hold carbon for centuries if we let them
To be “carbon negative” requires sequestration in my opinion. The longer the residence time the better. So — forests can hold carbon for hundreds of years, but industrial forestry like Humboldt Redwood Company tries to cut the trees before they are 50 years old. About half the carbon in the trees is then left to rot or goes into sawdust and biomass burners — so gets right back into our atmosphere.
The one carbon negative alternative that can have a long residence time is biochar buried in the soil — the indigenous people of the Amazon 7,500 years ago put char into the soil and it remains there today! Not only that, this rich black soil is the most productive by far — so plants grow way better and therefore sequestration rates are increased way beyond the lifetime of the people who went to the trouble to sequester it!
Jesse Noell, Elk River