As a young boy growing up in the 1950’s and 1960’s in Appleton,Wisconsin, the first really big political and world news that I read that exposed me to the precariousness of our existence in the world was the gunning down of our president, John F. Kennedy, on November 22, 1962.
Inaugurated as president on January 20, 1960, After he was sworn into office by Chief Supreme Court Justice Earl Warren, I watched and listened attentively to President Kennedy articulate a positive future for the world, starting with our own country, bu not forgetting the rest of our Western Hemisphere, nor the remainder of the world’s countries, many whom are continuing today to be economically struggling, several on the verge of massive starvation, famine, deadly heat waves, extreme weather patterns, and submergence by rising ocean waters and relentless rainfall and all- consuming fires causing unimaginable losses and extinction of species.
To make matters worse, we have a president who cares only in “Making America First”, and who doesn’t appear to recognize previous treaties signed by preceding U.S. presidents, in such vital topics as greenhouse gas and particulate emissions and nuclear weapons proliferation in the world, increasing the possibility of nuclear war that could end all life son earth.
To Be Continued …
About Mike Neuman
Identical twin; Long-time advocate of protection of our environment; Married; Father to three sons; Grandfather to one granddaughter; Born and raised in Wisconsin; Graduate of University of Wisconsin; post graduate degrees in agricultural economics and Water Resources Management fro UWMadison; Former School Crossing Guard for City of Madison; Bike to Work for 31 years with Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources; Retired from DNR in 2007; Biked to school crossing guard site 2 X daily for 7 years retiring in 2019; in addition to being an advocate of safeguarding our environment, I am also an advocate for humane treatment of animal, children, and people in need of financial resource for humane living. I am presently a Volunteer for Habitat for Humanity, Madison, Wisconsin.
I oppose all long (>500 miles) distance travel (via fossil fuel burning) for nonessential purposes and all ownership of more than one home.
I am opposed to militarism in any form particularly for the purpose of monetary gain.
I am a Strong believer in people everywhere having the right to speak their minds openly, without any fear of reprisal, regarding any concerns; especially against those in authority who are not acting for the public good?in a timely fashion and in all countries of the world not just the U S..
My identical twin, Pat, died in June 2009.
He was fired from his job with the National Weather Service despite having a long and successful career as a flood forecaster with the Kansas City National Weather Service. He took a new position in the Midwest Regional Office in Minneapolis.
Unfortunately, Pat’s work for the NWS went sour after he began to see the evidence for concern about rising global temperatures shortly after relocating to Minneapolis, and how they appeared to effect of flooding on the Red River that flows out of Canada before entering the U.S. in North Dakota.
. Pat and I conversed on a regular basis with other scientists on the Yahoo Group named “Climate Concern “ and by personal email. The NWS denied his recommendation to give his public presentation o n his research at the “Minneapolis Mall of America” in February 2000, which deeply affected h,im. I will h He strongly believed the information ought be shared with the public to which I concurred. That was the beginning of the vendetta against my brother, Patrick J. Neuman, for speaking strongly of the obligations the federal government was responsible for accurately informing the citizenry.
A way great similar response to my raising the issue of too many greenhouse gases being emitted by drivers of vehicles on Wisconsin highway system, my immediate supervisors directed: “that neither global warming, climate change nor the long term impacts upon the natural resources of Wisconsin from expansion of the state highway system were to be any part of my job requirements, and that I must not communicate, nor in a memorandum to all the bureau, shall any person who works in the same bureau I do communicate with me, neither verbally on the phone, by email.