Letters to the Editor

Holmes Graybeal: A dangerous distraction

Conservative columnist George Will was right in his April 25 column “The ‘settled’ consensus du jour on climate change” when he championed the rights of free speech and open discourse inherent to our great democracy.

Political leaders, regardless of their deeply held beliefs, should be careful about declaring an absolute end to the debate on any of the great issues of our day.

However, when it comes to the issue of climate change, the endless questioning of its reality and causality in the face of overwhelming and irrefutable evidence, like the apple falling from the tree or our round earth circling the sun, is a dangerous distraction.

Were I to find myself on the deck of the Titanic, standing scared and desperate next to Will, who takes the moment to uphold our right to question whether it truly was the iceberg that caused our troubles, I think I would quickly look for someone else – someone who was actively looking for a way to save us.

Holmes Graybeal

Pittsboro

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