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Recently another heated political battle hit the European Union (EU) as Matteo Renzi, Italy’s Prime Minister and German Chancellor Angela Merkel clashed over migrants swarming into Europe during 2015. Despite some media portrays and Merkel’s own assertions, tension continue to build as a unified front seems impossible to achieve.

Published in Politics

Little Difference Between Democrats and Republicans – Both Sell Out the People

This is the same guy that said Romney would win by a large proportion. My guess is that if his man Jeb does not get the nomination he will go vote for Hillary. My point never changes: there is little difference between the 2 parties both in the game for themselves and not the American people. Do not listen to any media reporting because of course it always leaves out critical facts about what Trump actually said. The media was going after Carson and Cruz when their poll numbers were close to Trump but their numbers have dropped. Most of the politicians in this country are not leaders and they are the reason we have all the negative stuff going on in the country. It's just so easy to blame Wall St., the banks, Donald Trump or whomever for the national woes. These folks make the laws and they have not done a swell job of making policy that is pro American citizen.

Rosemary Hutzley

Published in Letters To The Editor

From: John laut <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date: December 18, 2015 at 3:08:53 PM EST
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Subject: subject: letter to editor and/or guest editorial .

This is a great paper!! I agree with many of your editorials/letters.

Love your SUNBUNNYs also.

If I do say/write something politically incorrect-- its OK-

you don't have to print me!!

TRUMP TRUMPs PI. A vote for Trump is a vote for America.

So here it goes. How is it GM builds a Buick plant in China.

Shows Chinese how to build cars. Then imports these cars

to USA.

Just to to eliminate good paying American UAW jobs.

TRUMP would not allow this. To hell with stock holders/ Wall Street Bean Counters.

It's the guy who makes the Beans that counts.

Anybody can count the Beans after they are made.i.e. Wall Street MBA's.

If GM likes China so much the CEO/COO all need to move there.

Same for Warren Buffet.Same for Phil Knight of NIKE. Same for

Bill Gates of Microsoft. Same for CEO of Apple.

All you people who buy this stuff from (and its not all your fault) China/Mexico

are all guilty of the demise of your own country/USA.

John Laut

(239) 822-5956

Ft.Myers/Paradise

Published in Letters To The Editor
Saturday, 26 December 2015 17:31

COP21 Forgot Farm Animals

 

Dame Jane Goodall travels the globe 300+ days each year – with a cow – a small black and white stuffed toy. The British scientist and UN Messenger of Peace is also an animal activist.


Goodall describes Cow’s life with a twinkle in her eye. “Cow works hard. She is a spokesperson for abused farm animals.”

Cow also helps Goodall explain to the world the relationship between methane gas (CH4) and global warming.

During the 2015 United Nations climate change talks, COP21, Dame Goodall and Azzedine Downes, president and CEO of the International Fund for Animal Welfare, came to Paris to discuss animals and global warming. The two talked conservation and answered questions during an after-hours event at the Paris Museum of Science and Industry.

Both Goodall and Downes, renowned animal conservation thought leaders, are amazed that the world is not yet willing to seriously consider the climate consequences of the world’s ever-increasing appetite for meat. Yet they have hope.

Downes said, “While humans have damaged the Earth, we also have the power to save it.”

“If we can harness this positive will,” he said, “I am forever hopeful that we can protect our planet and all those that live within it – both animals and people.”

COP21 is the 21st meeting of the 196 Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, UNFCCC. During the two-week meeting, which opened November 30, government delegates have been negotiating the text of a new universal, legally-binding climate agreement to limit emissions of six greenhouse gases.

One of those greenhouse gases is methane.

Yet, animal agribusiness and the impact of methane emissions on global warming was mentioned only once in the COP21 venue here in Paris, when the Humane Society International sponsored a side event open to all.

Methane is produced during an animal’s digestive process and when animal manure is stored in holding areas.

Total methane emissions from global livestock as reported by the UN’s Food and Agricultural Organization “is 7.1 gigatonnes of CO2-equivalent per year.” This “represents 14.5 percent of all anthropogenic GHG emissions.”

Methane emissions from animal agriculture are 12.8 percent of the EU’s total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and 10 percent of U.S. total GHG emissions.

The EU produces 8.3 billion animals annually for food, while the United States raises more than 10 billion animals annually for food.

Jo Leinen, a Member of the European Parliament representing Germany, was on the Humane Society International panel for the group’s event. He has long been a champion for both the environment and animal welfare. He decries the fact that animal agriculture usually hurts animals, human health, and the planet.

MEP Leinen estimates that 76 billion animals are raised and killed around the globe each year for food production. “Meat contributes more to GHG emissions then worldwide traffic,” he says.

“As a child, we were poor and were happy to have meat on the table on Sunday,” said Leinen. “It is “completely unreasonable that as we got wealthier we have meat every morning for breakfast, for lunch, and for supper.”

“With a world of seven billion [people], and tomorrow 10 billion, if everyone eats meat like this we can forget about climate,” Leinen warned.

Water utilization is another harm to the planet resulting from animal agriculture. The foods that we eat each have a “water footprint” – the number of gallons of water required to produce a pound of food. At least 1,800 gallons of water are used to produce one pound of beef steak.

Putting animal cruelty aside, the amount of water used to produce meat and the impact of methane on global warming are only the beginning of meat production’s environmental harms. In addition, the Earth is scarred by land degradation, water pollution, and air pollution.

Jon Rockström moderated the Humane Society International program and shared the panel.

Rockström is a renowned climate scientist, 2009 Swede of the Year, and thought leader on the challenges of water resources, food production, health, and global sustainability. Although he worries about the impact on human health of antibiotics used in animal agriculture, he is optimistic.

“If we get it right on food, we get it right for both people and planet,” Rockström said.

Humane Society International is raising awareness in politicians, scientists, physicians and consumers. The organization is working to get animal agribusiness a landing place in multilateral agreements.

MEP Leinen is already taking action in his capacity as President of the European Parliament’s delegation for relations with China.

Concerned about cruel and unhealthy animal production in China, he recently announced change, saying, “From now on, the issue of animal welfare will be on the agenda in future talks between EU MEPs and their Chinese counterparts.”

The message delivered by the handful of experts discussing animal agriculture and animal welfare on the sidelines of COP21 is clear. “Less meat, less heat” helps the environment, humans, and animals.

Farm animals will not be mentioned in the 2015 Paris Agreement. But, advocates promise that agribusiness will be on the agenda of the post-Paris cycle.

By Judith Needham, J.D., LL.M., MPH

Copyright Environment News Service (ENS) 2015. All rights reserved.

Published in Environment

Face of Defense: Drill Sergeant Incorporates Skills Learned in Civilian Career

How do you picture a drill sergeant? As a stern, totalitarian figure; barking out orders with an unintelligible loud snarl, ready to pounce on your every misstep?

Published in Lifestyle
Friday, 25 December 2015 07:39

Star Wars: The Force Awakens review

 

Star Wars: The Force Awakens review

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Townsend

“What’s old is new again” seems to
be the adage that best sums up the newest installment of Star Wars, The Force
Awakens, which opened worldwide this past week, utterly destroying about every
opening weekend box office record in its wake.

Published in Lifestyle
Thursday, 24 December 2015 10:46

Estero Passes Fracking Ban to Close Out 2015

Estero Passes Fracking Ban to Close Out 2015

By Trent
Townsend

On the evening of Wednesday,
December 16th, the Village of Estero officially passed an ordinance
banning the practice of hydraulic fracturing within their town’s limits. In
doing so, they joined with Bonita Springs in barring the controversial gas
extraction method, and did so with wide popular support among their
constituents.

Published in General/Features
Wednesday, 23 December 2015 10:48

A Vote for Trump is a Vote for America

This is a great paper!! I agree with many of your editorials/letters.
Love your SUNBUNNYs also.
If I do say/write something politically incorrect-- its OK-
you don't have to print me!!
TRUMP TRUMPs PI. A vote for Trump is a vote for America.

So here it goes. How is it GM builds a Buick plant in China.
Shows Chinese how to build cars. Then imports these cars
to USA.
Just to to eliminate good paying American UAW jobs.
TRUMP would not allow this. To hell with stock holders/ Wall Street Bean Counters.
It's the guy who makes the Beans that counts.
Anybody can count the Beans after they are made.i.e. Wall Street MBA's.
If GM likes China so much the CEO/COO all need to move there.
Same for Warren Buffet.Same for Phil Knight of NIKE. Same for
Bill Gates of Microsoft. Same for CEO of Apple.
All you people who buy this stuff from (and its not all your fault) China/Mexico
are all guilty of the demise of your own country/USA.

John Laut
(239) 822-5956
Ft.Myers/Paradise

Ed. Note: Thank you for your letter. Your opinion matters as much as anyone's and we do not subscribe to politically correct. We believe in common sense and providing a forum for readers that is not owned or determined by advertiser money or any political party.  This, we believe is one of Donald Trump's appeals; he isn't bought and paid for like so many career politicians.  It is crucial to have community dialogue, so we welcome readers' submissions on any decent subject including opinion writing not matter what side of an issue it falls.

Published in Letters To The Editor

Sixteen years ago, when I first started publishing my start-up newspaper, The Island Sand Paper, I tried to publish articles that supported preserving the “Old Florida” style that made Fort Myers Beach such a special place to live. By adopting the phrase “By Islanders-For Islanders”, I sought to give residents a rallying cry to bind them together with a common desire to cherish and protect the sensitivity of our barrier Island community.

Published in Sun Bay Editorials

It was a list with 258 names on it, and the Beach Kids Foundation made sure that each of those names would have a joyful Christmas experience this year. Even though the list was twice as long as year’s previous, the Foundation worked hard to provide happy holiday memories to kids whose families have to put their budgets towards essential needs during their Spirit of the Holidays event, and just like every year the people of Beach came out in force to lend their aid to make sure toys and clothing got wrapped and ready for Santa Claus to deliver.

Published in General/Features

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