To the Editor:
When we cooperate, there is no limit to what we can achieve, even sending a man to the moon. But when we focus on our own narrow interests, we undermine the well-being of us all. A letter (June 28) by Nick Gray, chairman of Exeter GOP, clearly demonstrates that truism.
Without cooperation, we face a terrible calamity in global warming and climate change. The damage is already being felt. The eventual cost of rising sea levels is almost beyond belief. One current proposal to deal with the problem is a carbon tax. Mr. Gray opposes the tax for two reasons. First, it would cost money. Second, reducing carbon emissions in New Hampshire would contribute only a small amount to the solution to a global problem.
Yes, Mr. Gray, preventing future disaster will cost money now. Yes, Mr. Gray, what any state or even any country can do alone won't solve the problem. But unless each of us is willing to do a part of what is needed to save our planet, we will suffer dire consequences.
This is only one example of the need for cooperation to build a better future. Education, health care, and limiting pollution are others. The widespread focus on current taxes regardless of the future bodes ill for our children and future generations.