Originally Published: June 1, 2017 5:55 a.m.
A letter of mine was published April 30, regarding the council’s rejection of a proposed “mayor’s climate change agreement.” The letter carried a heading of ‘Deny Climate Change.” As you know, the letter headings are added by your staff, not the letter writer.
There was nothing in my letter that stated (or suggested) a denial of climate change. Denying “climate change” is a ridiculous opinion to hold, and I resent having that silly and inaccurate heading attached to my letter. (A better and accurate heading could have been: “Council’s Correct Response to Proposed Climate Change Agreement.”)
I’m trying not to be cynical, but I can’t help but feel that the staff who writes headlines may disagree with the City Council’s decision, and finds any statement in support of that decision deserves the pejorative of “‘climate change denier.”
In truth, no one “denies climate change.” Many people deny that the science is settled about the cause of climate change, or the extent to which man’s activities impact climate change, or what — if anything — we should do about it.
Please strive to be accurate in writing headlines for letters, those that letter writers have no control over or advance notice of. Thanks.