Few positives about robocalls

I had hoped that after Christmas those robo and other pesky calls would disappear. How foolish I was.

I still get a couple a day and they are very disruptive and aggravating. Does anyone ever consider that there are people like me that cannot easily get to a phone? Getting up from a chair can be difficult and walking can be slow (and every step needs to be taken carefully); when needing to walk steps to get to the phone it is done with caution and slowly.

I have several times had the same phone call more than once in a day. And sometimes a couple times in a week. There is no way I would consider doing business with any of these inconsiderate businesses or solicitors.

You want my business, send me information and I will look at it. We do not have the money to give to every one of you that tries to contact us. If I want something, I will search out to find it. All you do is irritate me. And for gosh sake, stop asking me how I am when you really don’t care and the “voice” does not even wait for an answer. That one really irritates me.

Thank you for letting me vent my frustration even though I doubt that the people that make these calls really care. I assure you, you will never get my business.

Donna Hoffmann

Eau Claire


The Leader-Telegram on March 7 “revisited” Seymour Cray’s impact on supercomputing.

Cray’s beginning was in Chippawa Falls in 1972 and he later developed Cray Computer Corp. — now a major player in supercomputers, employing some 65,000 people and now located in Seattle.

The article, while a pean to a native of Wisconsin, left me wondering how supercomputers work in our day-to-day life. NOAA.gov/climate reveals the role of supercomputers recording climate change: global average temperature rising; carbon dioxide (ppm) rising 40 percent since the Industrial Revolution; spring snow cover melting earlier; global average sea level accelerating since 1993; global average temperature near the Earth’s surface rising; ocean heat in the top half-mile of the ocean has risen significantly over past two decades; heat-trapping gases have gone up by 30 percent since 1990; glaciers are losing ice, the average thickness of 30 well-studied glaciers has decreased more than 60 feet since 1980. The bar graphs are visually impressive.

The use of supercomputers in registering climate change is awesome and gives us data we would not otherwise have. Seymour Cray’s legacy is the worldwide information we need to respond to accelerated climate change.

Peter Whitis

Eau Claire

Carbon dioxide concerns a hoax

Man-made global warming is a hoax. In March, I’m looking out my window and seeing eight-foot piles of snow and am experiencing temperatures at record-breaking lows.

When you have record-breaking snow in Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Ireland and Saudi Arabia this winter, carbon dioxide is not the problem. Yet, I’ve heard in the media that our extreme cold (and even the Syrian war) is due to our global warming.

Any school child knows that the sun defines the climate on Earth. Right now our sun is at the solar minimum. Lack of sunspots causes a weakening of irradiance from the sun. For the first time in a long time the sun has gone an entire month without any sunspots (February 1-28).

Some astrophysicists say we are entering a grand solar minimum, like the Maunder and Dalton minimums (Google them) that caused “mini ice ages” in the past centuries. It lasts for decades. We’re due. I hope they are wrong.

Al Gore and your lemmings please stop feeding the public the carbon dioxide hoax.

Now for the Earth’s “biggest” problem — let’s discuss the weakening magnetosphere ...

Jim Marchese

Eau Claire