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Letters: What about the other county schools?

Johnson City Press • Apr 19, 2018 at 6:00 AM

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What about the other county schools?

Rather than asking the question, “What should be done to update Jonesborough schools?” we should be asking the question, “What should be done for Sulphur Springs, Fall Branch and Westview schools?” We hear a lot about the Boones Creek and Jonesborough schools but nothing about other areas of the county.

I fully understand that Boones Creek and Jonesborough need new schools, but it is difficult to not hear even any discussion about other areas of the county.

By working with students attending Sulphur Springs school for the past 12 years I am more familiar with this school. The faculty, staff, county maintenance and custodians for Sulphur Springs School should be highly commended for the job they have done to keep this school operational, but at times I do not know why they have not given up.

Sulphur Springs has flooded on the upper level on numerous occasions. One teacher had to move her entire classroom three times because it was flooded. She had a tremendous amount of personal teaching items lost that she had accumulated over her teaching years along with other classroom supplies.

It has also been difficult to move into the high tech environment at Sulphur Springs due to the lack of adequate power. Turn on a microwave in a classroom and the computer goes off in the adjoining classroom.

Not only am I concerned about the physical plant at Sulphur Springs, but I have major issues with security. The ball field and playground at the back of the school can be accessed from both sides of the building.

I have great hope that Washington County can plan, develop, and implement an outstanding educational system for all areas of Washington County and not just two areas.

DOROTHY H. HALE
Jonesborough

The debt talk

You are stealing from your children. So am I.

We just passed a tax cut when the country is already $20 trillion in debt, a debt our kids will have to pay off.

Let's see, $20 trillion divided by the 330 million people in the country, that's $60,600 apiece. That debt is going up another trillion this year because our leaders gave a tax cut to their rich buddies.

The theory is that tax cut money going to the rich would "trickle down" to us peasants. Are we saps or what? How many times have we fell for that? Not enough times to learn, apparently. Go look your kid in the eye and explain why they are $60,600 in debt.

BRUCE DALTON
Johnson City

Insurers are worred about climate change

In a recent Community Voices column, Jennie Young opined that insurance companies might yet have our government acknowledge that fossil-fuel burning and resulting climate change are driving the weather-related natural disasters, increasingly frequent and violent, that are threatening us and a livable future.

Actually, that industry had raised the alarm about climate change long ago. In 1995, the Worldwatch Institute noted leading insurers — Lloyds of London, Munich Re and others — saying that “significant scientific evidence (shows) that our record insured losses from natural catastrophes are not a random occurrence.” The economic cost from these had risen steadily, from less than $10 billion per decade in the 1950s to $600 billion in the ’90s. Failure to act on climate change, the executives had said, would leave the industry and its policyholders vulnerable to “truly disastrous consequences.”

Yet that industry, and the scientists who were calling for urgent action, faced a decades-long, corporate disinformation campaign regarding global warming by another industry — the fossil-fuel companies. In its 2015 “Climate Deception Dossiers,” the Union of Concerned Scientists revealed the fossil industry’s largely successful efforts to deceive the public and the media, and stymie federal action for climate protection.

Yet the insurance underwriters’ call for action is being heard by some. Last year, George P. Shultz, James A. Baker and other respected leaders from earlier Republican administrations formed a Climate Leadership Council. Its carbon-pricing policy, similar to one proposed by the Citizens’ Climate Lobby, would rapidly phase out the fossil fuels, strengthen the economy, and help avoid the enormous risks associated with future warming.

In a Washington Post opinion editorial, Secretary Shultz has argued for an “insurance policy to solve global warming,” similarly as President Ronnie Reagan, he stated, supported an “insurance” (through the Montreal Treaty) to protect and heal the ozone layer.

FRANCES LAMBERTS
Jonesborough

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