Letters to the Editor

I'm taking listening lesson to heart

I just finished reading the Daily Tidings article "Lessons In Listening", published Dec. 27, 2013.

The article talks about how "listening is a much-ignored skill but there's lots to learn about it." This I would have to agree with. Lately, I have noticed there are times I am talking when I should be listening, because I think that talking is more important, but on the contrary, it is quite the opposite.

Though I do talk more than most people, I am not the only one that thinks this way; many others have made the same mistake. Sometimes it is hard to know which one, talking or listening, is the best to emphasize during certain parts of conversation. Using either in the wrong situation could lead to interruption or a one-sided conversation.

By the same token, sometimes the person that you listen to is talking too much and needs to learn how to share a conversation. This was my experience with my grandfather, who would carry on conversations with me for a couple of hours and I was only able to slip in a measly 15 words.

I am currently in eighth grade, and have noticed that in middle school, everyone has something to say about everything. It is in these groups specifically that I believe people need to learn the art of relaxing their vocal cords. I conclude that the article in your paper expresses the need for the practice of listening and patience, especially in these times of nuncupative bombardment.

Weston J. Markowski


Take climate change and carbon seriously

Climate change threatens the livability of our planet for future generations. It is driven by gas emissions resulting from human activities. About this there is no doubt except what is concocted by fossil fuel corporations.

There are two ways to reduce the threat posed by our activities:

1. One involves reducing emissions such as carbon dioxide from burning fossil fuels.

2. The other is to capture and store the carbon dioxide already in our atmosphere.

Natural biological systems are excellent at trapping carbon dioxide and storing it in living material. The western United States contains some of the most productive forests in the world. This means the region can continue to serve as a sink for carbon dioxide — but only if we maintain healthy, productive forests.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, 29 percent of the land area of the Western states is forest, making up fully 69 percent of the region's carbon store. Carbon storage in our mountain and coastal forests is above average for the region. This is where the O&C forests are located.

Take climate change seriously. The top priority for these forests must be maintaining their health and promoting their carbon storage capability.

Julia Maria Rodriguez


'Greetings' was great drama, good theater

I just read Bill Varble's review of the play "Greetings".

I agree with the first half of the review. Family dysfunction makes great drama and great comedy. Actors Mig Windows, Levi Anderson, Peter Wickliffe, Diane Nichols and David Mannix each did an outstanding job with their character, each was compelling and the audience connected and cared about each of them. However, I disagree with Mr. Varble's second half of the review. When Mickey changes into Lucius, something exciting happens. The audience members all sat up in their seats and took special notice. So often in movies, television and live theater we know the end from the beginning.

Boy finds girl, boy loses girl, boy finds girl. Same old, same old. But in "Greetings," we get something unexpected, something electrifying and hair-raising. Can Mickey turn into Lucius?

I don't know, but it sure makes us think. And gives us all hope.

The play was fun and the unexpected happened. Good theater.

Phil Loveless


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