Fool’s names and fool’s faces are often seen in public places. And that certainly seems to be true today, especially when it comes to our politicians on both sides of the aisle. But it also pertains, when it comes to names at least, to frequent writers of letters to the editor. So here I go again.

I want to compliment and commend U-B Editorial Page Editor Rick Eskil for his recent editorial about the ridiculous bill whereby our state Legislature appropriated $750,000 to once again study how the removal of the dams on the lower Snake River might save the salmon and the orcas.

As retired U.S. Army Corps (or Corpse as Obama would say) Engineer John McKern has pointed out time and again in his letters, the removal of the dams would do very little, if anything, to improve salmon runs.

 If one wants to ensure that the orcas are getting enough to eat and that enough salmon are getting upstream then what we need to do is slaughter all the sea lions that are eating all the fish. Duh!

I know thoughts like this will rankle my friends on the political left who seem to buy into every fashionable cause célèbre of the day (e.g., global warming or climate change or whatever it’s now called).

U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez says we’re all going to be dead in 12 years if we don’t do something to halt global warming. This scared all my grandkids to death.

Hey, I don’t deny that the planet is warming a mite, but there’s very little evidence to ascribe the problem to CO2 emissions.

Please read Steve Singleton’s letter to the editor of May 12.

Moreover, as Matt Ridley points out in his book, The Rational Optimist, the consequences of the current warming trend will be inconsequential, even if the IPCC’s prognostications are correct.

Rather than worry about global warming, we’d do better to try and help the starving millions in Africa, Venezuela and other places around the world. First things first, I always say. Do thoughts like this make me a bad person? Don’t answer that! I already know that I’m a bad person!

 Charles Phillips

Walla Walla

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