Meaningless words

“I don’t do cover-ups,” says the guy who paid over $30,000 to keep his affair with a porn star secret from the public and his family.

“I don’t do cover-ups,” says the guy who won’t let his staff testify to Congress and refused to interview with special counsel Robert Mueller.

“I don’t do cover-ups,” says the guy who lied to the American people about meeting with Russians about a Trump Tower.

“I don’t do cover-ups,” says the guy who refuses to disclose his tax returns after repeatedly promising to do so.

“I don’t do cover-ups,” says the guy who had a deal with the National Enquirer and Fox News to bury stories about his other affair with a Playboy Playmate.

“I don’t do cover-ups,” says the guy who swore there was no plan to build Trump Tower Moscow until proof came out that he lied.

“I don’t do cover-ups,” says the guy who refuses to let his own staff join him when he meets with Putin.

“I don’t do cover-ups,” says the guy who keeps secret the White House and Mar-A-Lago visitor logs and makes all employees sign nondisclosure agreements.

Casey Manning, Tulsa

Correct pronunciation

Associated Press writer Ben Nuckols’ article on the schwa explained a problem I have (At the spelling bee, the most common sound is the toughest,” May 25).

As a former foreign language student and teacher, I became very familiar with the schwa in my French phonetics class.

It didn’t occur to me that many people’s difficulty with saying or spelling my name has to do with the schwa sound.

They want to spell it with a terminal “a” or pronounce it Mary-leez or Mary-lease.

I write it with an umlaut, the German symbol for saying the terminal “e,” but to no avail. Maybe Nuckols’ explanation will help some folks understand how an “e” at the end of a word may be pronounced.

Marylisë Rhoads,

Broken Arrow

Global warming accepted

John Brock’s letter (Global warming not a new phenomena,” June 4) critiqued the editorial column from a Booker T. Washington High school student (Kip Rabinowitz: Young Americans know who will have to live with the consequences of global climate change, and they want action now,” May 26). I had not read the student’s column however it is likely more accurate.

Here are some corrections to statements in the letter.

To the contrary, climate science is well-founded and accepted worldwide.

To reach “absolute” in science is a high bar, but scientists accept man-made carbon dioxide as being the primary source of global warming with 95% certainty.

Global warming has been occurring for 12,000 years, yes, but not at the extreme rate as the last 250 years.

Yes, over millions of years there is a change in the amount of energy the Earth receives from the sun due to orbital variations. This was first published by Milutin Milankovi in 1914.

I am 77-years-old and a student of earth sciences. I have found young people have a greater understanding of climate change than the old folks.

I tip my hat to the students of Booker T. Washington High School.

Charles Kacmarcik,

Tulsa

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