As Grenoble says, Mother Nature leads

The signs of man’s impact on the planet are plain for anyone to see.

You do not need to look to global temperature, sea level rise, or melting ice. The signs have been here for as long as we have lived, and all we need do is look and remember.

Has anyone seen the smog dangers in China as a result of burning coal? Does anyone remember the soot and smoke that filled the air in our homes or neighborhoods? What about smog warnings in Los Angeles or the burning rivers? Has anyone noticed the restrictions on ocean fishing as a result of overfishing?

Do you know that there are limits on how much fish you can eat because of mercury levels in the fish as a result of burning coal? Does anyone remember signs in streams and ponds that tell us to not swim in the water or eat the fish because the water was polluted?

I recently returned from a trip where as I looked down from the plane I saw endless miles of farmland across the land and I wondered where does the wildlife live? Where are the trees? I found them only in patches among the farmland. Some cities had more trees than the wide open spaces.

So if you think that man does not have an impact on the planet, then you have not paid attention.

Mirror outdoors columnist Shirley Grenoble has noted the impact that man has had as she often complains about the loss of habitat and how the PGC is working to restore habitat to allow animals to live. She notes wildlife’s encroachment into urban areas because of the loss of habitat.

These are direct impacts that man has had on the planet that are not just local. They are global.

Why then, is it such a hard concept to grasp that global climate is impacted by man when we see his impact every day? Why do we think we do not have to act? Do we think it will take care of itself because that is how it works?

Well, actually it is true.

Because if we do nothing, Mother Nature will step in to remind us who is in charge. Her seas will rise, her glaciers will melt, and she will emerge to rule the day once again.

For those of us who remember the saying, “it’s not nice to fool Mother Nature,” we need to understand that we cannot fool or insult Mother Nature.

She knows what we are doing, and she will remind us that she knows. She will, in the end, give us what we have earned. We will reap what we have sown.

Stephen LoRusso

Loretto

Woods ‘had it all’

Responding to last week’s Mirror question of the week, my gut feel tells me there’s a 75 percent chance that Tiger Woods will not win another golf championship.

His age is one reason, but more importantly is the physical damage to his body and emotional damage of prescription drugs were working against him.

This guy was headed for stardom right out of Stanford University. He had it all — looks, brains, God-given skills — but his love life away from home did him in.

He felt he was untouchable and could get away with his infidelity.

This last picture of him in prison garb will last forever in the minds of all golfers and non-golfers.

Les Hart

Duncansville

Bennett touched many lives

I liked Neil Rudel’s article about Carl Bennett.

When I first met Bennett in 1991, he wanted to know if I wanted to come to his Building II facility.

He wanted to get me ready for the International Special Olympics in 1991 in Minnesota. It was so wonderful.

He really pushed me and told me that I have the opportunity to win. I also remember him at all the Bishop Guilfoyle basketball games, and every time he saw me, he said hi and his family said hi.

We’re all going to miss Carl Bennett.

He touched my heart, and I know he touched a lot of others around Central Pennsylvania.

Joseph “Sparky” Lyle

Altoona