Letters to the Editor
Robert L. Nipper, in the October entry for his “The Conservative Corner,” says that Maurice Strong is “…a Communist…disguised as an environmentalist to destroy American industry.” The statement lacks credulity and any factual basis. It borders on defamation of character. It is like saying Mohandas Gandhi was disguised as an activist to destroy the British Empire.
He also says “Maurice Strong is the creator of the sham called ‘Global Warming’” This is simply untrue. Dr. Strong’s credentials and achievements are far superior to those of both Robert Nipper and the fear-spreading Holly Swenson.
Dr. Strong, now 85, is on The Privy Council, a group of personal consultants to the Canadian government on state and constitutional affairs; He has received The Order of Canada, an honor to recognize distinguished service to Canada through lifelong contributions: He has received The Order of Manitoba, the highest civilian honor conferred by the province of Manitoba; and he is also a Fellow of The Royal Society, a group of over 2000 distinguished men and women from all branches of learning who act as a scientific advisors to the Canadian government.
He was Secretary General of the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment; and from 1974 through the present, he has earned more honors and awards from more countries than I can list here, many for his environmental work.
Using the epithet “Communist” is a throwback to the 1950s and a typical scare tactic from those who lack facts or reason. Perhaps progressives need a commentary column in the Ojo to offset the Tea Party’s rhetoric and outright lies. Or are Progressives to be relegated only to the “Dear Editor” section?
Chairman, Lakeside Progressives
Our Editor Replies:
Your last question is a reasonable one. However, since the overwhelming majority of our literary contributors can be classified as “Liberal,” or “Moderate,” we feel that the Progressive faction here at Lakeside is already well-represented in our magazine. Thanks for your interest in El Ojo del Lago.