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Fields under water, 5.30

Water partially covers a farm field near the Big Nemaha River between St. Mary and Tecumseh on Thursday. Heavy rains this week were the latest hit for area farmers.

Call it what you want -- global warming, climate change, extreme weather events.

Growing up in the Midwest, we’ve always been used to changing weather conditions. Like they say, “If you don’t like the weather in Nebraska, just wait a minute.”

The weather we can mostly predict. But who really knows for sure what will happen with the climate?

According to Donald Trump, “it was a fabulous lie concocted by the Chinese.” Now I don’t much like lies or liars. When a liar tells a lie long enough, even the liar starts to believe it's true.

When Trump decided to pull out of the Paris Climate Accords. he said “It was in the best interest of America.” Being a conservative-minded American, I guess I was always taught to err on the side of caution, lest there be consequences that I might come to regret.

So I felt a certain obligation to investigate the matter further, and, lo and behold, nearly all the world's climate scientists stated the opposite of the president.

And further evidence revealed that carbon dioxide levels were rising at an astronomical rate, thus inducing a significant change in the world’s weather patterns. The long-term prediction was extreme weather events causing massive destruction.

Donald Trump said, “It’s all fake news.” As I stand out in my field, looking at all the water and wondering if we’ll get a crop in this year, I have to pause and wonder if it’s for real or just “fake news.” It looks pretty real to me.

Sometimes, I wonder why the president is selecting mostly men from the coal, oil and gas industries to lead his Cabinet. And then I recall hearing my 99-year-old grandmother say, “The country will never cease to be led by corrupt and greedy politicians.”

Maybe Grandma was right.

Mark Daharsh, Lincoln

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