The CDC hid the truth

To the editor:

The CDC website quietly updated their site from approx 850,000 to read only 9,210 people died nationwide from "COVID-19."

So the whole economy was shut down and people locked down over less deaths than a normal FLU season.!

Now Riley county ordered mandatory masks for the next 5 MONTHS. No people are dying in the streets and no one is sick.

The PCR tests are being misused, producing mostly false positives, and people are are acting crazy when others dont wear a mask. Riley County needs to come clean, cancel this mask mandate and Stop this nonsense.

John Swartz

3000 Tuttle Creek Blvd.

Misleading headline about recent Junction City shooting

Why was the misleading headline to the article about a shooting in Junction City in the Sept. 10 edition (Man in ‘fair’ condition after officer-involved shooting in Junction City”) allowed to go to press?

The casual reader perusing headlines would just assume that another police officer was trigger-happy and in the wrong. The fact is the JC man shot by the JC police officer came out of a house at 3:20 a.m., holding a shotgun, and fired at police as was reported in the article and also by a Topeka news station. So why did not the headline read: “JC man fires on police officers?”

Too many purposefully malign our police officers for doing their job to serve and protect. Be careful to not send the wrong message with poorly written headlines that send inaccurate messages. Let’s give respect to our men and women in blue for the difficult job they do for our community and nation.

Jeffrey Stevenson

3201 Willowood Circle

Congress should focus on rental assistance

To the editor:

The CDC’s eviction moratorium protects families from the public health dangers of eviction. But the future of small landlords and tenants teeters in the balance of policymakers.

Prior to the pandemic, Kansas’ unemployment was steady at about 3%. Effects of COVID-19 quadrupled this rate in April. As the state began to heal in July, the rate dropped back to 7.2%. This rate is expected to continue through 2021. (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Kansans need a relief package that prioritizes emergency rental assistance. Congress must enact a robust COVID-19 deal that includes $100 billion in emergency rental assistance.

Hunter Smith


'Koch' poisons the K-State brand

To the editor:

ESPN viewers getting snippets of KSU press conferences see a purple backdrop featuring logos for the BigXII, KSU, and Koch industries. To this fan, watching feels like a punch in the gut. I am also a scientist.

Evidence of the connection between fossil fuel combustion, the greenhouse effect, and planetary warming was first explained to Exxon/Mobil executives in the late 1970s. In 1988 NASA’s James Hansen testified to Congress that warming was real and caused by our reliance on fossil fuels (99% confidence level). We are now learning that in response, Koch Industries led the oil and gas industry in a misinformation war against climate science and scientists (see e.g. Jane Mayer, Dark Money). The secret Koch donor summits funded the PR machine which sowed doubt and confusion about established scientific facts. Much like the tobacco industry, they were successful in muddying the water enough to delay action on the problem. Three decades of inaction resulted. They diversified.

What are the results of these marketing lies and this experiment in unregulated free markets? It was 100 degrees above the Arctic circle this summer, 70 degrees in Antarctica last winter. The Arctic permafrost is melting seventy years ahead of what most models predicted. The Greenland ice sheet is rapidly shrinking. Stories abound around the world of fires, floods, drought, intense heat, locust plagues.

Lies have consequences. In this case, enormous consequences. The truth matters. That is what science and universities are about. In marketing lingo, the Koch logo poisons the KSU brand.

Richard Martin, Ph.D.

Retired laboratory fellow, Los Alamos National Laboratory

Alumni fellow, College of Arts & Sciences, KSU.

Bachelor's degree in chemistry, KSU, 1972.

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