Letters to the Editor

Climate change deserves more attention

I was pleased to read your two pages of coverage of the LGBTQ forum at Coe College. I am a supporter of everyone’s right to follow their heart and everyone’s right to be treated with respect.

I only wish the paper had given equal time covering the enthusiasm of the Indian Creek Nature Center crowd earlier in the day discussing another important and perhaps more urgent issue with voters — climate change.

Candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden gave a lengthy and edifying speech on the many dire consequences of ignoring the crisis for decades. Biden articulately and forcefully presented the facts on how the current administration’s actions have exacerbated the problems and would hasten the destruction of our planet.

Biden also offered doable solutions to the threats and explained how more investing in businesses and methods like wind turbines, solar energy, electric cars and carbon capture would work toward healing the planet and would result in abundant jobs.

After his speech, Biden fielded questions from the group as an American bald eagle flew several times over the center, aptly named “Amazing Space.”

As all eyes were on the eagle, Biden told the story of his late son’s love of eagles and how Beau would watch them from his dad’s pond-side property and that when his son died, the eagle never returned. Biden said he wanted to think maybe the eagle circling above was Beau.

I went away impressed by this man who has served out country for many years.

Noralee Sherwood

Cedar Rapids

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