Readers write: a new home for refugees; unite Americans on climate
Letters to the editor for the March 14, 2016, weekly magazine
Make a new home for refugees
It occurred to me, as I read the Feb. 29 cover story, “Remnants of the Reich,” on what Nuremberg is trying to decide to do with Zeppelin Field and the crumbling structures from Nazi gatherings, that a truly meaningful solution would be to use the space to build housing for some of the hundreds of thousands of refugees from Syria, Afghanistan, and North Africa. I am sure that a creative architect and a group of planners could come up with an idea for a village that would provide homes as well as places of worship, work, play, and study for individuals and families who are stuck at the various European borders. And I believe that such an idea could inspire the European Union, the United Nations, and the United States to help. Maybe companies that need skilled employees could train and recruit from this place, a viable investment for all.
How to unite Americans on climate
Regarding the Feb. 23 online article “Do you believe in climate change? It may depend on your politics” (CSMonitor.com): As a climate activist and liberal, I’ve been mystified by the number of people who don’t accept the reality of human-induced climate change despite the overwhelming scientific evidence. However, Prof. Brendan Nyhan’s interpretation quoted in the article helps clear this up. “We can’t possibly read all the evidence, so we rely on trusted sources,” he says. “When those sources have differing points of view, we tend to believe those that share our ideology/political views.”
We need bipartisan support to take meaningful action on climate change. To this end, I favor a national carbon fee on fossil fuel producers with 100 percent of the fee revenue returned to American households. This would slash carbon emissions without growing government or restricting consumer choice. Americans could unite behind this approach and make a real difference in slowing climate change.