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Letters to the editor: Dec. 23

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Posted: Wednesday, December 23, 2009 3:32 pm | Updated: 2:37 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

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SISTER CITIES

Gilbert celebrates Irish honor

Gilbert’s history and strong ties with its long-time Sister City partners in Newtownabbey, Northern Ireland, were highlighted recently as the town took part in celebrating a unique accomplishment with ancient roots.

Newtownabbey’s chief executive, Norman Dunn, was awarded the honor of “Freedom of the Borough,” by the Newtownabbey Borough Council. It is the highest civic honor that a council can bestow upon an individual or organization in Northern Ireland.

Dunn, a long-time supporter of Gilbert and the Sister City program, is only the 10th individual to receive the high honor.

Newtownabbey became Gilbert’s first Sister City on Nov. 17, 1998, after an agreement was signed during Gilbert Days, a celebration of the town’s history. The town and borough partners have worked together to support education of local students, local trade and commerce and have also worked side by side in support of preserving local heritage.

It is that shared interest in celebrating the past, and holding it precious as we move into the future, that has helped bind us together with strong ties.

“Our friendship with Gilbert stretches back 11 years, and we in Newtownabbey have watched with interest the phenomenal growth of the area over this short period,” Dunn explained.

The town recently selected students to take part in the Youth Exchange Program with Newtownabbey, an outgrowth of the town’s ongoing youth pen pal program between cities. While they were both near 90,000 residents at the start of the partnership, Gilbert has since boomed to more than 220,000.

The partnership remains strong with an opportunity to continue to grow, sharing commerce, interests and support, and learning from each other.

DAVE CROZIER

MEMBER, GILBERT TOWN COUNCIL

CLIMATE CHANGE

Lots of skepticism

In response to George Williams’ Dec. 13 letter, “Ignore misleading claims of fraud,” here are some ideas for folks to conduct some fact-finding of their own. His letter only seems to bash those who report what he doesn’t believe in.

I know the climate “change” folks, led by Al Gore, believe the science is in and the discussion is over. Why won’t Gore debate anyone on this? How about the articles showing the number of scientists who disagree. Here is a link to “500 peer-reviewed papers supporting skepticism of 'man-made’ global warming”: www.populartechnology.net/2009/10/peer-reviewed-papers-supporting.html.

Even the founder of the Weather Channel disagrees with manmade global warming. (Oops, climate change, I forgot the name was changed. Hmmm, makes you wonder.) The earth’s climate is cyclic. Areas have years of drought followed by years of normal rainfall followed by ... . You get the idea.

BILL BULGIER

QUEEN CREEK

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