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January 12, 2014

PUBLIC FORUM: Letters from Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014

Shedding lightinto the darkness

Thompson Totes Southeastern Buddy Bag program thanks the community for its’] support. Thank you to Mr. Happy Burger, Walton Christian Church, and the many staff, administration, volunteers, and patrons of the Southeastern School Corp. for the wonderful support shown for the Dec. 4 Haps Chicken Bash fundraising activity!

The Thompson Totes Southeastern Buddy Bag program currently provides 139 school children with weekend food during the school year. This program is funded by the generous donations of Cass County individuals, businesses, and churches.

The generosity of this amazing community continues as children from Galveston and Walton elementary schools are fed each weekend.

It says in the Bible: “If you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday.” (Isaiah 58:10).

The light is so bright in Cass County and the Southeastern School district that we just might need sunglasses!

Mary Burrous and the Thompson Totes Executive Committee

Ice puts globalwarming under fire

The phrase global warming is a topic of contention for many people. This winter has skeptics high on their soap boxes spouting phrases like, “I thought this was global warming; why is the temperature outside minus 15?” And as researchers studying global warming get stuck in Antarctic ice, the skeptics are given more fuel for the fire. For many right now this feels like global cooling!

Global warming refers to surface temperature increases, while climate change includes global warming and everything else that results from the increase of greenhouse gasses. When NASA scientist James E. Hansen testified to Congress about climate change, he used the term global warming, and the popularity of the phrase exploded. Unfortunately these phrases are casually used interchangeably, although they are not the same thing. Would skeptics be more receptive to the concept if it wasn’t called global warming? What if it was referred to solely as climate change?

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