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The pandemic is distracting us from the real crisis

What a year 2020 was. First, there was the COVID virus and the resulting shutdown of everything, causing economic hardship and chaos. Then, there were the murders of several black people by the police, causing the righteous anger of the Black Lives Matter group, and others, as well. Next, there was the governmental interference with the post office, slowing the mail, and finally, the election, and Trump’s whining about it being a fraud. Now, we are dealing with the confusion about the COVID vaccine; when and where it will be available, who is eligible to receive it, etc., not to mention the insurrection at the Capitol on Jan. 6, and the trial of the policeman who killed George Floyd.

All these issues are important, but unfortunately, they are distracting us from the most important issue of all, which is global warming. Truly, if we don’t take serious action to mitigate this, all these other issues are moot. It will reach the tipping point, feedback mechanisms will kick in, the earth will warm much more quickly and catastrophically, and there won’t be anything we can do about it. Our time is running out. The future of our children and grandchildren is at stake. Please, conserve fossil fuels, contact your congressmen with your concerns, and eat much less methane-causing beef.

JAHNN SWANKER-GIBSON

Johnstown

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