I have been privileged to spend most of my life in these rich and storied mountains. Though we may have our problems and may be facing some tough issues, I take great heart in knowing that we are an industrious people with an unwavering spirit and have determined leaders standing at the helm who are working diligently to ensure that we navigate our way out of this crisis as soon as possible. That is why I stand appalled at the misguided and poorly informed accusations levied against our senator in last week’s letter to the editor.
By now, I’m sure that most of our area has heard the 30 second sound byte, even our friend Bill Maher and the fine folks at the Huffington post are doing their part to make certain that the world hears Senator Smith boldly assert that the temperature of Earth and Mars are essentially one in the same. The question I’ll pose to these personalities and pundits and all others who are so quickly reaching for their quivers is simply this, did you listen to the entire conversation? I hate to be presumptuous but I’m pretty sure I know the answer. Had Bill Maher or Local media sources or even many of our friends & neighbors across the region listened to even a few more minutes of this dialogue then they would know that as Brandon was conversing with these officials he was drawing a comparison between the climate patterns of mars & earth which are ,surprisingly, strikingly similar.
You see, when one looks at Mars over time what they see is a strikingly similar picture to that of our own planet. Like earth, Mars goes through seasonal changes, weather patterns, there’s reason to believe it’s gone through several ice ages and yes, just like us, mars has ice caps which, and get this, some scientists believe are melting! Yet how could this be? There are no coal mines on mars, no power plants for the left to point to as a source of pollutants, no greedy industrialists who are lining their pockets by fouling up mars air. Yet still the red planet is undergoing a series of climate changes , a state of “global warming” if you will, remarkably similar to that of our own and anyone who had taken the time to listen to and evaluate the entire conversation would know that that was the exact point that our senator was trying to make.
So in response to last weeks letter, Mr. McJunkin (whom I do not believe will ever again lay eyes on this paper) when I look at this region, I don’t see disparagement, I see an industrious community who is coming together and doing all they can to chart the course ahead after what was the perfect economic storm. I see a region determined to make a way forward & in times like these, when I see an administration that seems hell bent on bringing an industry to its knees, I’m not ashamed to say that Brandon is my senator, I’m thankful for it. I’m served by a man whose spent nearly two decades fighting for these mountains. From safety helmet legislation to pension reform to policy that allows Kentucky to have some of the lowest electricity rates in the nation, my senator is dedicated and works everyday to make not only his district but the entire commonwealth a better place for everyone and that’s more than can be said for your senator, a backbencher better known for her ties to “The Simpsons” than anything she’s ever done to further the people of Oregon.
Derek Jorge Campbell