TNT Letters, 01/16/2022 | Tacoma Newsstand

OPINION AND COMMENT

Editorials and other opinion content offer viewpoints on issues important to our community and are independent of the work of our newsroom reporters.

Climate change

Re: “Alaska breaks heat record for December” (TNT, 12/29).

Temperatures in the Arctic are warming twice as fast as the rest of the planet, largely due to two perpetual feedback loops.

First, sea ice has shrunk by a third to a half over the past 20 years. Known as the albedo effect, sunlight is reflected from the ice sheet back into the atmosphere. Where there is no ice, sunlight is absorbed by the darker water, raising its temperature. Also known as arctic amplification, the ice is retreating from the coasts, affecting the survivability of polar bears.

Second, the permafrost in the northern hemisphere contains twice as much carbon as the atmosphere and three times as much as in the world’s forests. The warming of the Arctic promotes the conversion of this carbon into carbon dioxide and methane, thereby promoting the feedback loop that drives global warming.

Moreover, such warming has altered the configuration of the northern jet stream, leading to events such as the “polar express” – i.e. the Texas ice storm – and the “heat dome” of the North West.

Our year 2021 has been a destructive year for extreme weather – what does the future hold for our good Mother Earth?

Chuck Jensen, North Tacoma

Tacoma Police Chief

Let’s not forget the great job that Acting Tacoma Police Chief Mike Ake has done serving the department.

For full disclosure: I was one of the people who didn’t think Ake was the man for the job – the man who would bring the much-needed fairness and transparency to the Tacoma Police Department that was needed to bridging the wide ground between our police department and the community, especially in communities of color.

Of all people, I should know better than to judge a book by its cover. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said: “The true measure of a man is not how he behaves in times of comfort and convenience, but how he stands in times of controversy. and challenges.”

Thanks to Acting Chief Ake, you stepped in at a time when – at any time – the city of Tacoma could have erupted with days and weeks of unrest. You’ve reached out to community leaders, you’ve calmed the stormy seas, you’ve made tough and tough choices when you had to – and Tacoma is better off because of your leadership. It’s very appreciated.

Reverend Gregory Christopher, Tacoma

Right to vote

On this Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the King family has asked that the commemoration of Dr. King be done by taking action to support the right to vote, rather than the usual celebrations.

In Washington State, we were fortunate to have good access to the vote, thanks to our mail-in voting system and confidence in our election officials, reinforced by political party and nonpartisan election observers. through the League of Women Voters in many counties. It is therefore difficult to think about how we can act in favor of the right to vote in the rest of the country. But we must. Our democratic republic cannot be maintained without fair and equal access to the vote.

Here’s what we can do: Speak to your friends and family across the country to encourage their congressional delegations to enact both the Free Suffrage Act and the John Lewis Advancing Voting Rights Act and let our congressional delegation know that we want them to convince other states. delegations of the importance of these acts.

Let’s use MLK Day to contribute to Dr. King’s prophecy that “the arc of the moral universe is long but it bends toward justice”, and help ensure that equal voting rights are maintained across the country .

Cynthia StewartTacoma

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