Letters: Honor Teddy's legacy

Johnson City Press • Sep 29, 2019 at 6:00 AM

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Honor Teddy’s legacy

On Sept. 14, 118 years ago, Theodore Roosevelt became the nation’s 26th president, following the death after assassination of President McKinley.

We are fortunate still to live with Roosevelt’s conservation legacy — the national monuments, parks, forests and wildlife refuges he established on the public domain across the country. He proclaimed the maintenance of a well-functioning environment to be “the fundamental problem” without which it would “avail us little to solve all others.” He saw the public’s sharing of these land resources as among the great democratizing features in American life.

Roosevelt often addressed issues which find new and special relevance today, as the risks from climate change loom ever larger. “The great problems that confront us in the century that is now opening,” he said in 1907 “demand on our part unfaltering courage so that we shall neither be daunted by the difficulties or fooled by those who seek to persuade us that the difficulties are insuperable.”

And protecting future generations’ birthright to a functioning natural world and prosperous life was fundamental, he insisted. Indeed, this obligation virtually defined for him “a decent citizen,” who must see to it that “our national policies are shaped for the advantage of our children and our children’s children.”

For many Americans, disapproval of President Trump’s reversals of a number of climate protection measures stems from the concern of a livable future for their children, also. And the young themselves are echoing, by the hundreds of thousands across the world and here, the demand by Sweden’s teenage activist, Greta Thunberg, that the climate crisis be addressed with the seriousness and urgency called for by the findings of science.

As Teddy said: “To each generation comes its allotted task; and no generation is to be excused for failure to perform that task.”


Stop for school buses

Recently, as I and other motorists sat behind a stopped, lights-flashing school bus dropping students off, a dangerous scene took place. Three cars traveling at unacceptable speeds approached the stopped bus from the front and sped past.

Fortunately the student who exited the bus did not need to cross the street to reach his home.

Truly strong measures must be taken to do everything possible to stop this blatant disregard for the law and endangerment of students.

We know of many times this tends to happen, and to completely stop it is probably not possible. However, it is hoped that some advertised examples of this very dangerous and slipshod behavior might at least put a damper on it.

School bus safety should be a concern that schools, law enforcement, families, and the media should get out in front of it and remain there.

Johnson City

Thanks for the outstanding care

I was recently in the Johnson City Medical Center for a redo of heart surgery as my sternum did not knit together. I was in room number 2408 from the Sept. 6 to 11.

I would like to praise the nursing staff that took care of me. The surgery was very difficult with complications, but the care and attention that was shown to me as well as my wife was truly outstanding.

Johnson City