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The burning of fossil fuels uses stunning amounts of water

To The Daily Sun,

I greatly enjoyed Tony Boutin's latest letter on the economic catastrophe that has befallen us due to Democrats and the evils of scientific consensus regarding climate change. His letter is a parade of hilarious Chicken Little alarmism. Tony has consistently played all the cards of science denial: fake experts, cherry picking, delusional magnification of minority opinion, fallacious reasoning, and most entertaining of all, conspiracy theories. After all, climate change science is being used to destroy capitalism! It's a vast left wing conspiracy. Just ask Russ and Don.

I recently said to Don Ewing, "The debate on climate change is pretty much settled among climate scientists. Like evolution, it's now the details that are being explored ..." This is fact. That is the present consensus. It's not 100 percent because no scientific explanation can be 100 percent certain. It is "pretty much settled." The degree of certainty is very high in the climate science community. One can go with scientists in the know or Internet neckbeards and right-wing corporate funded "think" tanks. What an oxymoron.

I could have a delicious time responding to all the conspiracy lunacy of Tony's letter but I would rather just point out that free market fundamentalist alarmists like Tony and his crowd of glassy-eyed tin-foil hat wearers have lost the debate in the highest places of scientific knowledge, policy making, and even the majority of people. The well funded climate denial machine is increasingly being ignored as strident and unreasonable. This is fact. Mr Boutin's appreciation of climate science clearly ranks with Mr. Demakowski's appreciation of evolutionary science. They fit the science to their beliefs, which is doing it backward. Science denial is just plain weird (and suspect) after a point whether it's creationism, anti-vaxxers, or climate change denial.

Last year, 53 percent of this country's new energy capacity was in renewables. So far in 2015, its is a 2-to-1 ratio, around 67 percent so far. The market is still rocking so its time to retire the climate denial memes and find another brand of fear mongering to purvey. States are increasingly passing legislation to ensure that actual climate science is being taught. Iowa just signed this into law. Wyoming, Hawaii and Minnesota have recently joined the crowd, too. The small city of Georgetown, Texas, decided in March to go 100 percent renewable. Why? Costs, both human and economic.

We could be facing water problems in the future yet climate change deniers don't tell you that fossil fuel burning uses stunning amounts of water which crops and yes, people, require. Yes, people. Air quality and health issues are also major issues to normal people even if Tony and the Tin Foils want to suck down or drink "harmless" industrial emissions because they are of course, just "nutrients."

James Veverka
Tilton

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Minimum wage was not intended for the family bread winner

To The Daily Sun,

According to the Tuesday's edition of The Daily Sun, the issue of the minimum wage apparently has raised its ugly head once again here in Laconia, and the so-called people's rights associated with it. I guess as long as there are people who allow their emotions to rule their lives, instead of their brains, and their outlook on how everyone else should live their lives, we will always have to deal with secular-progressive ideas like this.

"Make the minimum wage as high as possible," is what some people believe, and it doesn't matter who it hurts, as long as the low-intelligence voter believes it's a good idea, when progressives and big-government socialists tell them it's a good thing.

FACT 1: People don't go into business to provide jobs for people. In a capitalist economy, people go into business to make money.

FACT 2: There is no such thing as a right to a job; sadly, many people believe the lie that they have a right to a job, and are therefore not even grateful for the opportunity of an employer who takes a huge risk, and gives someone unproven a job.

FACT 3: Most young people bring little or no skills with them when they enter the job market for the first time. The minimum wage was designed to give them an opportunity to develop some work skills, a work attitude, as well as a work ethic, things like the importance of being on time, showing up every day you're supposed to, things like that.

FACT 4: The minimum wage was not intended for the bread winner of a family of any size. It was, and still is for people with no marketable skills, many of whom are entering the job market for the first time. If someone is the bread-winner of a family of two, three, or four, or more, he should have made sure he had the skills to support that family before he had that family.

If the present minimum wage of $7.25 is not enough, as some progressives think, and that $10 or $15 is better, why stop at $15. Why not increase it to $25? If $15 is good, isn't $25 even better? How about $35? I tell you what! If $15 is better, why not increase the minimum wage to $50 per hour and make everyone happy?

Maybe progressives want to change the minimum wage laws, but they cannot change the laws of economics. Increasing labor costs by giving the least skilled members of the workforce a raise in pay that they haven't earned, means layoffs of those most expendable. That's a law of economics that can never be repealed.

Small business owners are the most powerful engine of any economy, and we are fortunate that most of them are benevolent and civic-minded enough to hire some unskilled and unproven workers who bring nothing to the job market in the beginning of their working career, except desire and a willingness to learn all they can, to improve their economic worth to an employer. But those employers are not going to do it at the expense of the success of their businesses, a fact totally misunderstood by the progressive worldview, and most politicians who have never worked in the private sector — like our current president.

Jim McCoole

Laconia

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