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Updated: August 14, 2012 6:06AM



Switch to natural gas
a smart business decision

I was pleased to read about the decision by Ozinga to convert cement trucks to run on natural gas. The benefits of using natural gas to power heavy-duty vehicles are numerous; they include lower fuel costs and a cleaner environment.

As many Ozinga employees say in your article, natural gas vehicles offer the same power as diesels, but with less noise, lower fuel costs and less “black smoke.”

Natural gas vehicles are the smart solution to powering business fleets of all sizes. It is an inherently cleaner fuel that offers lower emissions. And, with the abundance America has, it is an affordable fuel that can help businesses keep fuel costs low.

Thanks to responsible development of natural gas, we do not have to choose between protecting our environment and growing our economy. I hope more companies and local governments follow Ozinga’s lead and convert their fleets.

Jamie Maddy

Oklahoma City, Okla.

Climate scientists are
Paul Reveres of today

Even as the Midwest sizzled under a heat wave of staggering proportions, climate-change denialists kept sounding their message of complacency and inaction. Everything’s fine, they said; the planet’s actually getting cooler.

If Earth’s atmosphere is heating up, it’s just sunspots or “natural cycles.” Anyway, humans aren’t to blame. The climate always has changed. If humans are involved, it’s too expensive to do anything about it.

When politicians and media figures mock “climate alarmists,” it is part of their pathetic attempt to rationalize an unsustainable status quo — one that promises massive crop failures, droughts and wildfires throughout America.

We owe our nation’s existence to those who woke to the call of a midnight rider bringing the news the British were coming. Climate scientists are the Paul Reveres of today.

Warren Senders

Medford, Mass.

People must heed rip current warnings on Lake Michigan

A boy is dead. The Post-Tribune reported that a 15-year-old was missing after swimming in Lake Michigan along the Portage Lakefront Park. A rip current advisory was in place and ignored.

I spent the entire afternoon on a section of beach just east of Marquette Park in Miller, watching the Gary Air Show. At least four times, police on ATVs crisscrossed the beachfront, warning swimmers to get out of the water, announcing the danger of rip currents.

The swimmers dutifully got out. Within 10 minutes, kids and adults were back in, not just in the shallows, but often 50-100 feet out, blatantly ignoring the warnings.

It was a hot weekend, the water was warm and the waves were large, a great combination for wave surfing and keeping cool. The same combination generated a real risk to the safety of anyone entering the water. Tragically, a boy is dead.

Dave Haughey

Fort Collins, Colo.



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