Letters to the Editor
Readers write about climate change, Islam in Turkey, US food culture, and talks between Christians and Muslims.
Other considerations in the climate change debate
In response to the April 7 article, "A shifting climate change debate": What is not even hinted at is a very clean technology that already exists and that safely supplies much of the electricity needs of countries such as France and Japan. I realize that nuclear is not politically correct in the United States these days, but it seems to make more sense than ethanol mandates.
It's criminal to mandate the use of a food crop to produce a set amount of fuel. The price of corn is already at all-time highs. What happens when the rains don't come? Rather than putting corn in our gas tanks, how about putting Uncle Sam's subsidies toward developing coal-to-liquid and coal-to-gas technologies to the point where they can replace burning coal itself in our power plants? That would eliminate untold thousands of tons of carbon dioxide without destroying our economy or threatening our food supply.
Support Turkey secularism
Regarding the April 4 article, "Turkish case revives secular vs. Islam debate": The West must support Turkey in its efforts to defend secularism. The West has quickly forgotten its own fight against Islamic extremism. The "jihad" has been fought against the West on many fronts. One of those fronts is the Turkish ruling party's pretension that they are "secularist." Turkey's current prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, is claiming to be secularist even though prior to taking over the prime minister position, he was in prison serving time for his antisecular activities.
Turks have voted for the ruling party not because they want to be nonsecular but because the secular parties have proved to be extremely corrupt in the past.
Americans need to eat healthier