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Letters for December 5

Letters for December 5

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Sounding better

Granville Edwards' (Eagle, Dec. 4) slippery grasp of the facts regarding global climate change, his likening of Al Gore to chicken Henny Penny, and just who really won the Nobel Peace Prize this year, are quite amazing.

First, Al Gore shared the award with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, composed of 2,500 scientists from all over the world. I wonder if Edwards realizes that one of those 2500 scientists is a respected faculty member here at Texas A&M who has been working for about the past 30 years on the coming consequences of climate change on the economy of Texas?

The scientific fact is that climate change is already occurring. The ultimate cause might be somewhat open for debate but, regardless of the cause, is almost certainly being accelerated by the human activities of the past 150 years or so.

Edwards' approach to our coming dilemma reminds me of the remarks regarding climate change given by a Colorado county judge last week before the Houston-Galveston Area Council on whether or not to form a committee to study the effects of climate change on the Gulf Coast region.

Judge Al Jamison said, "The Cro-Magnons 10,000 years ago didn't sit around and say, 'Let's have a committee meeting on when the icebergs melt,.' " Jamison concluded by saying, "Personally, I think we should take the same approach."

Chicken Henny Penny is starting to sound better every day.

RICK L. HAMMER

College Station

Fit them to a 'tea'

We delighted in the Victorian Christmas Tea created Saturday afternoon by the Brazos Heritage Society. The setting was the elegance of the stately early-20th century Astin Mansion.

We found the fine linen and china, long-gowned hostess, waitresses and string ensemble charmingly appropriate for the steaming pots of teas accompanying the menu of savories, pastries and sweets, such as scones with clotted cream and jam.

Thank you, Brazos Heritage Society for a tasteful remembrance of times past.

DOROTHY and PAUL VAN RIPER

Bryan

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