School’s Christmas ban rightly ended

An elementary school principal in my native Nebraska has misgivings about Christmas (“Elkhorn schools reverse ban,” Dec. 8).

What has been celebrated every December for generations in America — the birth of the Christ child — is apparently verboten in Elkhorn Public Schools. It is little wonder that principal Jennifer Sinclair’s ban on Christmas did not sit well with parents and teachers.

There was a time, on Christmas Day, when “Merry Christmas” appeared in bold letters on the front page of nearly every daily newspaper in America.

As a news boy in Nebraska, I looked forward to the day when I would greet my customers with the joyous message of Christ’s birth: “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.”

Brian Stuckey, Denver

Climate change bubble will burst

Nancy Carr (“Fear industry loss, not climate change,” Dec. 12) lays out a series of generalizations that could only come from someone who lives in a comfortable bubble.

I wondered if she had ever left the comforts of this state or country to see the lives that are being uprooted today because of rising oceans, droughts and disasters.

Understanding climate change requires attention to detail, not oversimplified generalizations about carbon dioxide, renewable energy or discovery. It is this oversimplified attitude that causes such an unnecessary polarization of the topic.

I recently returned from New Delhi, India, and I can assure you CO2 is a pollutant. While plants do need CO2, it is not a limiting factor for growth like water and fertilizer. Innovation and efficiency in renewable energies will continue with the proper investment.

Violence and war are often the results of lack of food and clean water, and climate change is the horse that drives this cart. Recent droughts in the Middle East and in Central America are fueling the violence and migration to more industrialized economies like Europe and the U.S.

If all of us in the Midwest want to continue to live in the comforts of our bubble without truly understanding the impacts we are having on the oceans and atmosphere, then we should all be prepared for that bubble to burst. The truth will eventually come to us if we are not willing to come to it.

Rod Madsen, Lincoln

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