Letters to the Editor

Unforgettable heroics

To the editor,

A few days ago in the middle of the night the float in our toilet snapped off its plastic arm.  After a sleepless night of running water, we searched the internet for a replacement part and some clever hack without luck.  The next day I took the broken pieces over to Charles Street Supply. In minutes I was in the basement watching Jack Gurnon use a small flamethrower to weld the plastic parts back together. 

Jack’s quick and effective action reminded me of a winter day in the ’80s. I had caught my coat in the front door of our 5th floor condo on the top of the hill.  I had no keys and the prospect of freezing halfway across the Common.  In no time at all a very young Jack appeared with his lockpicking tools and freed me.

Unforgettable heroics are the daily service of Charles Street Supply!

With gratitude,

Brigid Williams and Patrick Hickox

Protect our planet

To the Editor,

We have all felt the horrendous weather this summer.  Heat, humidity, rain, thunderstorms, floods, and tornadoes have wreaked havoc on our country.

The Southwest has gotten clobbered.  The heated ocean waters off the coast of Florida are destroying the coral reefs. Whales are dying as they beach themselves on our shores.  Ice caps are melting causing sea levels to rise. Firestorms have hit Canada hard, destroying Canadian forests and causing a tremendous amount of smoke to permeate our air.

The Copernicus Climate Change Service has stated that “July is poised to be the hottest month ever on record.”

Recently, the New York Times exposed the area known as the Fertile Crescent (Israel, Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, Turkey, Iran, West Bank, and Gaza) to be devastated by the effect of the shriveling up of the Euphrates River.  This has caused the  Mesopotamia Region to be without water in many regions.   Forty percent of Iraq, an area roughly the size of Florida, has been overtaken by blowing desert sands.

Italy and Greece have also been hit hard by record setting temperatures. Severe wildfires have scorched and devastated forests, homes, farms and animals.

All regions on our Earth have been affected. Climate change has become real and not just words.  It is not a time to be frightened but it is a time for  ACTION!  We must all join hands in an attempt to work together to stop this  “BEAST.”

We all acknowledge that there are wars across our world, destroying lives. But climate change is destroying our whole world!

It is vital for all global governments to band together to find and implement  solutions to “Climate Change.”  We must stop supporting the oil and gas producing industries that create the fossil fuels causing the  emission of poisonous gases into our atmosphere and cause climate change.     

Wealthier countries need to financially support under-developed countries, so they will be able to share in our goals.

Finally, we all have an obligation to protect our planet but more importantly, our first obligation is to take care of our children and the generations of children to come.

Please join your environmental community in supporting the fight against fossil fuels, thus protecting our children and our Earth.

Maryalice Sharkey

Mothers Out Front

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