What a moving, in-depth, and completely heartbreaking story you told in your article “Can They Come Back?” Article in the series “Vanishing North”) poushex skipper ring butterfly disappearance From the Minnesota landscape. How inspiring Kale Nordmeier and Eric Lanquist’s efforts to care for and help these little creatures.
The way mankind has inadvertently changed the earth, like cutting down forests, paving prairies, draining wetlands, and using chemicals that are toxic to air, soil, and water, is as if this is me. It looks like we can’t keep up. .
It baffles me that the discussion of climate change seems to be focused on reducing carbon emissions, no matter how late or how little. Still, that’s only part of the problem. Habitat loss for countless organisms, the cutting down of trees needed to absorb CO2 and provide shade, have all contributed not only to species extinctions, but also to the heat islands now known as the Twin Cities. But major construction sites continue to eat up the habitat, adding asphalt and cement by the acre.
Last year, I used to watch turkeys and red-tailed hawks with my grandchildren on our vast estate in Champlin, but it was devoured by many one-story industrial buildings and their parking lots. Say goodbye to turkeys and hawks.
I hope one day I can meet the Powshek Skipper ring butterfly. But this morning, while the big full moon was still in the sky, I went for a walk and had some fun. i love the moon It’s one of my favorite natural elements. And I love that you can’t screw it up. It’s barren now.
Karen Jeffers-Brown, St. Paul
i would like to answer October 9 Letter Writers The question of whether someone can explain why electricity-intensive cryptocurrency mining is a good thing.
Bitcoin mining accounts for less than 0.5% of the world’s electricity consumption and secures a global digital network that has never been hacked. It currently has over 100 million users. Many of them live in countries with double- or triple-digit inflation, and their private property can be seized by dictatorships. It’s also important to note that the sustainable energy usage of Bitcoin mining is increasing every year. The Bitcoin Mining Council currently estimates that up to 59.5% of the energy mix is renewable. Other studies range from 40% to 75%.
Bitcoin mining is highly competitive and miners can place equipment anywhere in the world where electricity is cheap or in short supply. For example, hydropower in Iceland, wind and solar power in Texas. Miners there buy extra wind and solar energy when prices are low and shut down operations during periods of high demand, thus stabilizing and encouraging the expansion of renewable energy grids. Exxon and others use methane gas to mine Bitcoin. Methane gas is a by-product of oil production that is normally released into the atmosphere or burned.
Bitcoin is the best-performing asset of the last decade, transforming the lives of many underprivileged people around the world, and its mining operations provide a valuable service to the network. Welcome miners when they come to towns near you.
Nat Robbins, Minneapolis
About the October 9th page paper “Cashless Cashing,” all US bills clearly state, “This paper currency is legal tender for all public and private debt.” Given this, I was under the impression that all businesses claiming to do business legally with the general public must accept US dollars when offered in payment. Apparently I’m wrong! What are the laws regarding this?
Either way, if my money isn’t enough for the place, I’m not going to do business there.
Don E. Scheid, Northfield
Opinion Editor’s Note: To “bid” is to offer. Currencies Defined as “Fiat Currency” Section 31 USC 5103 A valid and legal offer to pay. according to Federal Reserve at tinyurl.com/faqs-tender, “There is no federal law mandating that a private company, individual or organization must accept currency or coins as payment for goods or services.” there is a law Request cash from businesses (tinyurl.com/states-cash).
I read “Caching in on cashless” with amusement. A few weeks ago, I was running errands with her 7-year-old grandson. He requested several quarters to buy candy from the dispenser. I agreed. Later he asked if I would buy anything at a nearby store. “Grandpa, are you going to use real money this time?” he asked. “I don’t understand what you mean,” I replied. “Look, there’s money in your iPhone!” he said.
Vince Terrien, Burnsville
Many people know that using cards and apps increases costs by up to 5%? Who do you think will pay for this? This is why many small businesses offer cash discounts. I may be paranoid, but I don’t want my transactions being tracked or my data being sold. Large companies prefer cashless because most people spend more. If you want to use the card, please do so. But don’t take away your freedom to spend cash.
David Newville, Coon Rapids
Comcast/Xfinity CEO has a modest proposal. It can be useful for senior executives in organizations like Xcel, CenturyLink, Verizon, and other utilities. It may also apply to senior executives of city, county, and state government organizations.
Call customer service once a week.
I’d recommend doing it more often, but I know you’re a busy person…once a week. Call yourself from your personal phone. Have an issue ready to discuss — a common issue or something a little different. You can probably get suggestions from existing customer service files (if you can find them).
You may want to budget more than a few minutes of your busy schedule, just as your customers must. Everything is working according to plan and you get a warm sense of satisfaction knowing that everything is working well.
If you are unsatisfied after repeated attempts to solve the problem, you can even fire the agency you hired to handle your customer’s “service”. Or (eventually) fire the person who answered the call.
However, the job market is tight and it is difficult to replace someone at that level. If your phone annoys you, why not get yourself fired? The executive-level job market is stronger.
Doug Willhide, Minneapolis
The writer of the October 9th letter (“Time’s Up”) is about to cancel the comic strip “Dilbert,” which exposes all manner of corporate, interpersonal, and political stupidity. The same people blinded by the guilt of McCarthyism a few generations ago, even in parody, to suppress deviations from people who are determined to , the new left-wing orthodox.
“Doonesbury”, on the other hand, continues, with some strips repeated from decades past, without a call from conservatives to “put your head down”. Let thousands of parodies and satires blossom, that is my suggestion. The new McCarthyist on the left should be ashamed of himself, and the star of his tribune should not (unfortunately as he did in the “Mullard Fillmore” strip) yield to the veto of the hecklers.
Douglas P. Seton, Edina