Ancient warming

After reading the column “Waco Green, Clean” I must respond to Dr. Alan Northcutt and his climate-change issues. Yes, there is climate change and always will be. We are at the mercy of wind and ocean currents that make our weather. We have no control over them. I ask the good doctor to tell me what caused the world to be warmer in the late 1300s and 1400s than today? We had no cars, power plants, industry or oil back then. Greenland got its name because people who went there saw no ice sheet like today but green land. They grew grapes, wheat and other staples.

I agree we need to be good stewards to Mother Earth. We would have fewer fire dangers if we cleaned out dead trees and underbrush in the forest. Leaving the dead stuff creates methane gas as well as a fire hazard. Less fires, less smoke, less carbon and build for the area you live in.

As to using solar power, I’m all for it but not in an urban setting. Studies suggest there has been a rise in city temperatures because the panels reflect heat back into the atmosphere around them. And does the city have the extra money to purchase wind and solar contracts?

Our trees and plants need carbon to survive and we need them for us to survive because they produce oxygen in return. This no-till farming doesn’t put nutrients back into the soil for new crops to grow and produce properly. The human race would starve for lack of high-nutrient food and a cooler climate would slow or stop the growth of our trees and food supply.

Kathleen Briceno, Waco

Save public transit

Congress should defend public transportation funding during further budget and infrastructure debates. The administration’s proposal to slash public transit funding should be soundly rejected.

Our nation continues to grow — and more people must travel on increasingly crowded roads. The best solution for everyone is to support multi-modal transportation networks that make public transit more available and accessible.

Public transportation isn’t just for city dwellers. Communities of all sizes benefit from public transportation and new innovations are helping suburban and rural communities bring efficient, cost-effective public transit to their citizens, connecting more people to jobs, services and education.

Public transit is essential for people who cannot drive. It’s also beneficial for people who choose not to drive or want to be able to live without being completely car-dependent. Ultimately, though, we all benefit from public transportation because it reduces traffic congestion and pollution and makes travel safer for everyone.

Congress has traditionally shown strong bipartisan support for public transportation. Lawmakers should recommit to expanding and improving public transit and make sure it’s fully funded.

Barbara King-Smoot, Killeen