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Letters: People of all political stripes need to stop kidding themselves about climate

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Letters: People of all political stripes need to stop kidding themselves about climate

Climate context

In his October 3 column about woodpeckers, columnist Joe Soucheray bemoans that climate change is an over-hyped, go-to “culprit” of the media. His aside that, “the climate has always changed” is a tired argument that climate deniers tried ages ago.

Soucheray thinks the media lack context — he himself might get some by reading the latest, devastating IPCC Report on Climate Change which establishes that only a narrow window remains to stop its worst effects from happening. The fear is not that global warming will continue gradually, but exponentially.

And his notion that birds are not at risk of extinction is sadly false. Not only are birds at risk — but up to 1 million species are currently at risk of extinction.

People of all political stripes need to stop kidding themselves: the very human race is also at risk of extinction if our government and others do not act now, urgently.

Nick Huelster, St. Paul

 

Positions

The following is a list of positions that a candidate for Saint Paul Mayor should have.

Respect for the police. Do not speak disparagingly about the police. Fully fund the Police Department. Bring the number of police officers back up to their fully staffed levels.

Recognize that the main purpose of streets and roads is to move vehicles as efficiently and safely as possible. Return the current citywide speed limit of “20 mile per hour unless posted otherwise” to 30 miles per hour. Stop narrowing reconstructed roads and vehicle lanes. Recognize there is a need for drivers to find parking spaces. Increase street maintenance.

Listen to constituents. Stop mandating from the mayor’s office. We are intelligent beings who do not need to be told how to live by a governmental agency.

Ron Schaaf, St. Paul

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Ravens starting RT Patrick Mekari leaves game vs. Steelers with hand injury, could be out a few weeks

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Ravens starting RT Patrick Mekari leaves game vs. Steelers with hand injury, could be out a few weeks

Ravens starting right tackle Patrick Mekari left in the third quarter of Sunday’s 20-19 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers and did not return.

After the game, coach John Harbaugh said the offensive lineman could be out a few weeks.

Mekari limped off the field in the second quarter, favoring his ankle. He was replaced by Tyre Phillips, but then returned the next series.

But Phillips took over at right tackle later in the third quarter, and the team said Mekari was doubtful to return with a hand injury.

Mekari injured his ankle against the Cincinnati Bengals on Oct. 24 and missed nearly a month, including two games. He returned on Nov. 21 against the Bears in Chicago and played every snap last week against the Cleveland Browns.

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Dorchester fire displaces 12 people during holiday season

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Twelve people were left homeless during the holidays after a Dorchester triple-decker burned to the ground over the weekend.

Boston firefighters rushed to 383 Geneva Ave. around 8:30 p.m. Saturday for reports of “heavy fire showing,” the department said.

Crews immediately ordered a second alarm when they realized all three floors were entirely engulfed in flames. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Firefighters rescued a cat, Simba, as the fire tore through the home. Firefighters were able to reunite the cat with his family, officials said.

Companies knocked down the heavy fire just after 9 p.m. but were continuing to douse hot spots to keep them from flaring up into the night on Saturday, the department said. Detail companies remained on scene to monitor the building.

Six adults and six children were displaced in the fire and the Red Cross responded to assist at the scene and to offer assistance finding housing, officials said.

Video of the fire shared on the department’s Twitter page shows flames shooting up the side of the building to the roof line.

Two firefighters suffered minor injuries and were taken to local hospitals.

The Geneva Avenue fire was one of several blazes Boston firefighters fought to knock down over the past several days. Firefighters also responded to three-alarm blazes at 1063 Washington St. on Friday and 95 Washington St. on Dec. 1.

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Snow on the way? Massachusetts forecasters tracking possible nor’easter

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Snow on the way? Massachusetts forecasters tracking possible nor’easter

Hope your shovels are at the ready.

The Bay State could be in store for the season’s first widespread accumulating snowfall this week, as meteorologists track a possible nor’easter that could impact the region on Wednesday.

Forecasters over the weekend continued to stress that many questions remain about the system, and specific snow amounts and details are uncertain at this point.

“We’ll have to see what happens,” said Bill Simpson, meteorologist at the National Weather Service’s Boston office. “There are models showing different things, so it’s much too early to say right now.”

There’s also a lot of uncertainty about the track of the storm. One model shows that it will go too far south and east of the region.

And forecasters are still tracking the placement of the rain/snow line.

“The question will be whether it is cold enough for 1 inch per hour snowfall rate to materialize and how much snow can accumulate before potential mixing or changeover to rain especially along the Boston-Providence corridor,” a National Weather Service forecast discussion reads.

“There is above average uncertainty with the Boston-Providence corridor because either it could be a mostly rain event or it could be the sweet spot for significant snowfall accumulation if the colder air holds its ground,” the discussion continues. “So plenty for snow lovers to ponder over and continually monitoring over the next couple of days.”

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