Good stewardship —
it’s our duty
Forty years ago in a Christian ethics class, before there was any talk of climate change, it was emphasized that oil and coal are finite resources. As good stewards of God’s Earth we were told that we have an ethical duty to conserve resources and seek alternative fuels.
The Environmental Protection Agency says that greenhouse gases threaten public health and the environment. Science shows that greenhouse gas concentrations are at unprecedented levels due to human activity.
With global modernization in the 20th and 21st centuries, the thirst for energy from fossil fuels, especially gasoline derived from oil, is one of the causes of major regional and global conflicts.
A global move toward the generation of renewable energy could assist in resolving some of these conflicts as well as meeting our increased global energy needs.
The burning of fossil fuels, that take millions of years to form, is the largest source of emissions of carbon dioxide, which is one of the greenhouse gases contributing to global warming.
The rise in concentration of carbon dioxide is trapping more solar heat and the average surface temperature of the Earth is rising in response.
Currently these ancient fuels provide more than 85 percent of all the energy consumed globally, nearly two-thirds for electricity, and virtually all transportation fuels.
We need leadership that acknowledges the problems of fossil fuel consumption and seeks policies and practices that protect our environment and promote conservation and production of renewable fuels.
I would urge our local electric companies to support legislation that protects our environment and seeks alternative renewable energies.
It is honorable that our electric companies want to keep prices low, but when the risk to our future is considered, we cannot afford to continue with electricity dependent on coal.
Taking action on climate change can make our economy more internationally competitive by creating growth and jobs while producing less waste, pollution and greenhouse gases.
As good citizens we need to recognize scientific facts as well as the biblical mandate to be good stewards of the Earth, an Earth that all of us depend on for life itself.
Let’s join the fight against violence
One in four women will suffer from domestic violence-related issues within her lifetime. In 2000, the female population in Montevideo, according to the U.S. Census, was 2,826. That means that a quarter of those women, 706.5, would suffer from domestic violence at some point during their lifetime.
Today, if the female/male ratio stays the same as in 2000, approximately 721.8 Montevideo women will experience domestic violence within their lifetime.
Domestic violence does not only happen to women. Five percent of the male population is abused too. Based on the 2000 census, approximately 125.9 men from Montevideo could experience domestic violence during their lifetime. In 2010, there are approximately 128.7 men who will experience domestic violence within their lifetime.
It is crucial that our fight against DV begins now, right here in Montevideo. We need to start a community-wide effort to end violence.
Safe Avenues, an agency serving victims of domestic violence, will tie purple ribbons around trees in Montevideo during the month of October to promote Domestic Violence Awareness Month and to honor victims in our community.
Silhouettes of women and children who died in 2009 as a result of domestic violence will also be displayed. There will also be an exhibit in the Chippewa County Courthouse.
Safe Avenues and Pathways sexual assault victim advocacy programs are partnering in a new location. An open house will take place from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 13 at 103 W. Nichols Ave. in Montevideo.
I encourage each of you to join Safe Avenues in our community’s fight against domestic violence. Opportunities to make a difference include:
Clergy: Speak out against domestic violence from the pulpit.
Employers: Provide employment security to battered employees.
Government: Heavily tax the sale of pornography to subsidize sexual and physical violence prevention and intervention efforts.
Media: Prioritize subject matter which celebrates peace and nonviolence.
Schools: Dialogue with students about abuse.
Other actions we can take together to fight against violence can be found at www.csswashtenaw.org/ada/resources/community/actionmod.html and ww.ncdsv.org
Please join the fight and help save a life.
Chippewa/LqP Outreach Coordinator and Victim Advocate, Montevideo
We don’t get something for nothing
Many people are disenchanted with how they voted in the last election. They were lead to believe they would be getting something for nothing. Yes, a good old “freebie.”
Reality shows that this only works if there are more workers than there are freeloaders. When Congress steals from the American taxpayer and future taxpayers to bail out and take over banks, auto companies, unions and other big businesses, and forces people into government-run health care, we know there is something drastically wrong. When our leaders ignore the Constitution, we end up with power hungry socialists.
Our present U.S. congressman, Collin Peterson, who claims to be a moderate, voted for the highest tax increase ever to pass in the House. The bill is called Cap & Trade, which, in short, is a heavy energy tax on everyone. Energy providers will not ever pay the tax. You and I will.
Also, his support of bailing out big business and refusal to repeal and replace the largely unwanted health care bill again confirms that he is no moderate. Are we going to let him spin his way out of this or send him packing?
Collin’s 20 years in Congress should be long enough to include him in the mythical book of great moderates in American history. In this day of too much government, could it be that we would do well to look for new blood to represent us in congress?
Lee Byberg is running against him this year. He will be in Montevideo Thursday, and other areas again soon. Listen to what he has to say. Get informed and decide for yourself if he is the one you want to represent us to help restore America.
Our guess is that you will be impressed. If you refuse to get informed, please don’t vote. Ignorance voting is getting too costly.
—Rodney & Martha Jans
Moving beyond posturing and politics
You may be aware about the controversy surrounding the release of the “Troubled Waters” documentary by the U of M.
As much as we need awareness and education on issues surrounding ag and water quality, in the end we need people on the land who are willing to roll up their sleeves, take calculated risks and commit to growing food and fiber in ways that don’t pollute water.
There are a growing number of farmers in the Minnesota River watershed who are taking on this challenge and we need to be as supportive of them as we can.
We need to thank them and learn from them and we need to get beyond posturing and politics and take responsibility for our role in the food and clean water relationship.
One of the most promising partnerships of good people who are evolving this relationship are the organizations involved with the Chippewa 10% Project.
Their premise is simple: Let’s figure out profitable ways to put highly erodible land and more buffers in some kind of permanent cover that can be harvested for economic use.
If we can do this on just 10 percent of the land in the Chippewa River Watershed, we can get way closer to the water quality standards we all desire.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone dealing with excess water in these trying days.
Executive Director, Clean Up the River Environment (CURE)