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Boston’s top cop

The Boston Herald had a recent political column titled “Is Boston’s new top cop right for the job?”

The author of this column, Mr. Rick Pozniak, describes a number of former Boston Police commissioners and what they were confronted with upon being appointed.

As a retired Boston Police officer, I served the city of Boston for 40 years. During that period I was a proud member of Police Commissioner Kathleen O’Toole’s command staff.

In this article, Mr. Pozniak seems to imply that under Police Commissioner O’Toole’s leadership the department was in need of some kind of “re-engineering.” I can assure your readers and all residents of the city of Boston that Commissioner O’Toole was an outstanding leader, had a firm understanding of all matters related to policing and any suggestion that the department was in need of “re-engineering” couldn’t be further from the truth. I have no idea where Mr. Pozniak gets his information.

I would also like to take a moment to wish Boston’s new Police Commissioner Michael Cox the very best of luck. I worked with Michael Cox many years ago and I can attest that a finer gentleman would be extremely hard to find. I have every confidence that Commissioner Cox will do a very credible job leading the Boston Police Department in these troubling times.

— Al Goslin, BPD Retired, Duxbury

Nature’s reaction

When fossil fuels are burned, they release large amounts of carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas into the air. Greenhouse gases trap heat into our atmosphere, causing global warming. My question is, if we totally stop doing this, what changes will Mother Nature do when there’s a significant reduction in carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. What I’m getting at is, it doesn’t make sense totally eliminating carbon dioxide, Mother Nature will react, question is how?

— Tony Meschini, Scituate

Transitioning to clean energy

In many respects, you agree with Democrats (“Editorial: Climate change important, so is feeding a family,” July 20). Climate change is important — if you think feeding a family is tough now, wait until extreme weather causes multiple crop failures in the world’s breadbaskets. It’s unconscionable that we are among the wealthiest populations on earth while our so-called middle class struggles to feed their families. So, the idea that we should expect working class families to fund a transition to clean energy is heinous.

America can certainly afford a transition to clean energy — studies say that the health benefits alone will more than offset the cost. The question is who among us should pay? How about those who accumulated massive wealth with their license to harvest and sell fossil fuel energy over the past century? Instead, they are making record profits on our backs every time we fill up. Isn’t it time for what may be the wealthiest cartel in human history to give back?

— Kerry Castonguay, Leominster

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