To the Editor:


Disputing facts, truths, half-truths, misspeaks or outright lies surely was not my intention in writing last week, nor was advocating for or against global warming per se. I wished to offer a personal perspective about something, that apparently some find threatening. The impetus initially sprung from reading spiteful letters upon my arrival to Shawnee, of which Mr. Taffe's certainly qualifies. His arguments, and the general tone in which they were expressed, were precisely what had prompted me to write in the first place.


To the Editor:

Disputing facts, truths, half-truths, misspeaks or outright lies surely was not my intention in writing last week, nor was advocating for or against global warming per se. I wished to offer a personal perspective about something, that apparently some find threatening. The impetus initially sprung from reading spiteful letters upon my arrival to Shawnee, of which Mr. Taffe's certainly qualifies. His arguments, and the general tone in which they were expressed, were precisely what had prompted me to write in the first place.

I voiced a very small snapshot of my personal experience because I loathe what is sometimes considered acceptable, namely, manipulating another's words to suit a non-personally referenced agenda, or to use bullying tactics or name calling. Much of our current political or ideological discourse doesn't seem to be geared toward actually engaging with each other and this is detrimental to communicating with and learning from one another.

Mr. Taffe also inadvertently addressed another of my unwritten underlying points for me; that one can find a scientist or even groups of them that can argue for or against virtually anything while deriving a conclusion that is consistent with their financial backers wishes. This manipulative and very damaging use of science has been adeptly used within this current national administration.

My letter was really addressed to those out there who might be thinking "Is any of this true? Who should I believe? What should I do? Are humans responsible?"

Again I ask, "what do I have to lose by acting as if global warming were true?" Mr. Taffe in no way answered this very simple question. For me the answer is "nothing" and quite possibly "everything."

What would I need to reevaluate and alter about the way I live? Could my life and relationship to society and our planet be healthier? Could I be living more in the natural flow of creation? Hmmm.

Matthew Scala,

Shawnee