In response to

your columnistDear Editor:

In response to a recent column by Paul W. Barada, I want to draw attention to a remarkable document on climate change and national security.

Sixty-four senior U.S. military and security leaders have endorsed “A Climate Security Plan for America.” It’s signed by more than 20 admirals and generals, including Rear Adm. David Titley, former oceanographer and navigator of the Navy, and Gen. Gordon Sullivan, former chief of staff of the Army.

This comprehensive report states that increases in extreme weather “can devastate essential energy, financial and agricultural centers that undergird U.S. and global economic viability and the well-being of our populations.”

It calls for initiatives to improve the resilience of our critical infrastructure and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S. and globally in order to avoid “catastrophic security consequences.”

It’s important to look to independent organizations like the military when evaluating the threat posed by climate change. Because our armed services depend on scientific evidence to assess risk, they are less amenable to politicized science.

The U.S. military has expressed concern about climate change since the George W. Bush administration, and dozens of Defense Department documents on this issue can be accessed at climateandsecurity.org.

Urgently reducing greenhouse gas emissions and funding adaptation should be top priorities for every politician who is concerned about national security and global stability.

References

A Climate Security Plan for America (pp. 8 and 9)

https://climateandsecurity.org/climatesecurityplanforamerica/

Chronology of U.S. military concern about climate change

https://climateandsecurity.org/resources/u-s-government/defense/

Terry Hansen, Hales Corners, Wisconsin

About ignoring Hoosier voters

Dear Editor:

Why is Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson ignoring the safety of Hoosier voters?

All Indianapolis voters are being mailed a Primary Election absentee ballot application.

How can Indianapolis, with all of its big-city troubles, find enough money to make sure that all of its voters can vote?

It’s just not fair that all Hoosier voters throughout the State don’t get the same treatment. Secretary Lawson isn’t being the leader we need; she is not standing up for us. And where are our local leaders from around the State in all of this? Perfectly quiet. This is unacceptable.

Voting in person won’t be safe by the June 2nd Primary Election. And it may not be safe by November. Voting by mail will keep us all safer.

We need to tell Secretary Lawson to do what’s right. Get us all ballot applications. Let us vote.

Barbara Tully, Indianapolis IndianaVoteByMail.org

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