'The Thinking Man's Thinking Man'
Until each nation makes responsibility for the earth a priority, we will continue to devastate it—and ourselves.
Theresa Hirschman Jericho, N.Y.
As a six-continent bicycle traveler for the past 35 years, I admire Al Gore addressing climate change. However, he fails to highlight the basic factor accelerating it: human overpopulation. Either we address it, or Mother Nature will do it for us.
Frosty Wooldridge Golden, Colo.
Propaganda by global-warming skeptics and deniers reminds me of 1944, when as an Army officer I saw living skeletons in striped pajamas. Horror stories about Nazi concentration camps suddenly rang true. I wondered how intelligent people could commit such atrocities. History records the effectiveness of Joseph Goebbels's propaganda. I hope Al Gore and others can prevail over today's anti--science propaganda.
Lee Bidgood Jr. Gainesville, Fla.
I was surprised to see Al Gore's essay ("The Plan That Saved the Planet") on the historic choices we face regarding energy and climate change followed by Karl Rove's "Scrap Cap-and-Trade" piece attacking the leading legislative proposal to reduce carbon emissions. Rove's essay repeats debunked claims about cap-and-trade systems and fails to offer an alternative method for significantly reducing carbon emissions to the levels scientists say are necessary. Rove's opinion piece was an unworthy counterpoint to Gore's serious call to action.
Aaron Huertas Press Secretary, Union of Concerned Scientists Washington, D.C.
'Recycling Won't Save Us, but Greed Might'
I've spent a lot of time washing and sorting my trash for recycling. After finding out that our national recycling rate is a mere 33 percent, I'm hoping that someone will come up with other solutions.
Carol Hearty Carmel, N.Y.
'I'll Leave for Peace'
Amir Cheshin's My Turn was hopeful. He knows that Israeli settlements are not barriers, but a kind of "speed bump" along the road toward peace. The Israeli disengagement from the Gaza Strip in 2005 is proof that Israel is willing to evict settlers if peace might be attained. Cheshin has the right attitude: he is cautious, but ultimately will not stand in the way of peace.
Guy Handelman Sherman Oaks, Calif.
'Heaven Can Wait'
I work in a funeral home and have heard so many stories from grieving individuals who have had "experiences" after losing a loved one. Shortly after my mother passed away, about 20 monarch butterflies flew over my path. My mom had cultivated milkweed for monarchs to lay their eggs. Maybe it was a coincidence. But I, like others, believe that moments like these are a manifestation of love and a gift to help ease our grief. I'm sorry for Jerry Adler's loss, but even more so that he wasn't able to see beauty in the butterfly he saw.
Julie Freese Cedar Rapids, Iowa