Checking the Earth’s Temperature

To the Editor:

The international Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) was established in 1988 and included 159 member nations. Its 36th session was held in Stockholm from Sept. 23 to 26. Posted on its website are documents approved on Sept. 27 related its fifth assessment report, titled Climate Change 2013: The Physical Science Basis . Included are a summary for policymakers, press release, and headline statements from the summary.

The summary represents the work of 209 lead authors and 50 review editors. It cites more than 90,000 scientific publications.

From the data alone, quite apart from projections into the future, the summary reports the following:

∎  Warming of the climate system is “unequivocal.” Many changes observed since the 1950s are unprecedented over decades and even millennia. “The atmosphere and ocean have warmed, the amounts of snow and ice have diminished, sea level has risen ... .”

∎  Each of the last three decades has been successively warmer at the Earth’s surface than any decade since 1850.

∎ Atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide increased to “levels unprecedented in at least the last 800,000 years.”

Gale B. Schmidt


Don’t Change Trail Rules

To the Editor:

I am writing in response to your Sept. 21 article about the proposed rule in New Hampshire that would require riders to clean up after their horses when using state trails. 0

I have been a leader of equine science for Grafton County 4-H for almost 43 years. Please do not change New Hampshire; it is a wonderful and caring state for many of our equine riders, young and old.

Our club has ridden (road and trail) for many years to sponsor St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital in Tennessee. The girls collect hundreds of dollars in donations each time we sponsor a trail ride.

Some of the 4-H riders have commented on how wonderful it is to be riding through the woods to see and hear the birds and the lovely trees along the trail. We head out of the trail onto the road for a short distance. Before the entrance of another trail, the riders take a glance to the east and become mesmerized looking at the White Mountains silhouetted against a blue sky.

Someday maybe the sick children who the 4-H-ers are helping will be able to enjoy such beauty.

I understand that it would be helpful to have someone following horses in a parade along a main street in town to pick up manure. But please don’t change the rules governing trail use. Please do not change New Hampshire.

Joan M. Osgood


A Banner Cause, of Sorts

To the Editor:

It was so very sad to read Thomas Hall’s letter “A Good View Spoiled” (Oct. 15).

That a flagpole has been raised “like a white finger,” marring his previously unspoiled view of the New Hampshire and Vermont hills is unconscionable and outrageous. Where’s the justice?

And to receive no response from Dartmouth’s president regarding the travesty? Insult to injury.

The only thing left is to demand that it be painted green and never have a flag on it. Rally round the (not) flag, boys.

Richard Thayer


Throw Them All Out

To the Editor:

Although there is no way to do this short of revolution, all members of Congress, regardless of party affiliation, should be impeached. It is has become a sick institution caused by gerrymandering, seniority, campaign finance and lobbyists. All members of Congress would be forever banned from running a second time, their campaign treasure chests would be forever frozen, and their pensions and medical benefits would be no greater than those given to ordinary citizens their age. As things stand, nobody can afford to challenge incumbents unless they are supported by special interests. For example, according to the Federal Election Commission, U.S. Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., has $1,383,459 on hand for his next campaign. We need a clean slate.

Jon Appleton

White River Junction

What a Mentor Means to a Child

To the Editor:

Sarah had a really tough day at school; her mom was working late, and she really needed someone to talk to. Her friends had sports after school, something she hadn’t signed up for. Fortunately, that was the day her mentor, Ann, from Windsor County Partners, was picking her up from school to go apple picking. It was a quiet ride to the orchard, but once there, Sarah began sharing about her day. It was easier to talk with the distraction of picking apples, not to mention being outside on a beautiful day. By the time she went home, Sarah was feeling much better, even ready to do her homework, not her favorite activity. And what had Ann done? Mostly she had just been there for Sarah and listened.

What a difference her mentor made that day and on many others as well! Over the six months they had been together, Sarah’s grades had improved, she had gained self-confidence and the courage to speak up in class, and had made new friends. Maybe next spring she will even give sports a try.

I made this story up, but real stories shared by adult mentors who have participated in this nearly 40-year-old mentoring program sound very similar. Having a mentor truly makes a difference in the lives of many young people. That adult mentor could be you. Please consider all you have to offer with your interests and life experiences. There is a special child or teen on our waiting list hoping for a match with a caring adult.

We hope you will contact us at 802-674-5105 or visit our website for more information and to learn how you can make a difference.

Megan Culp

Board member and mentor

Windsor County Partners

White River Junction