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LEO welcomes letters that are brief (250 words max) and thoughtful. Ad hominem attacks will be ignored, and we need your name and a daytime phone number. Send snail mail to EROSIA, 640 S. Fourth St., Louisville, Ky. 40202. Fax to 895-9779 or e-mail to leo@leoweekly.com. We may edit for length, grammar and clarity.

Erosia

LEO welcomes letters that are brief (250 words max) and thoughtful. Ad hominem attacks will be ignored, and we need your name and a daytime phone number. Send snail mail to EROSIA, 640 S. Fourth St., Louisville, Ky. 40202. Fax to 895-9779 or e-mail to leo@leoweekly.com. We may edit for length, grammar and clarity.A Swift ResponseIn response to Stephen George’s July 12 article, regarding Swift and the Butchertown neighborhood, I did not say that the neighborhood association was a “guerilla group,” but rather that they were “using guerilla tactics.” While maybe not much of a difference for some, the distinction is great; my words were not meant to disparage the Butchertown neighborhood. I stand behind my assertion that the neighborhood association does not represent all neighbors, because I have had many opportunities to discuss this issue with residents and business owners in Butchertown, who have voiced their support for the new plan. The missing piece of the article, however, seems to be that Swift — a 40-year-old company in good standing, with 1,200 employees who are paid good wages and has no interest in leaving its current site — and the surrounding neighborhood, which was built up around these types of businesses, need to figure out a healthy way to cooperate and coexist.Metro Development Authority’s role in the change to Swift’s parking was in response to oft-heard complaints regarding its employees parking on the streets and using residents’ and business customers’ parking spaces. The example cited in the story is correct, that during the day, the existing parking lot may be two-thirds full. But this illustrates the problem that during shift changes, when the first shift is leaving and the second shift is arriving, there is not sufficient parking for all employees. In addition, with trucks traveling throughout the neighborhood, we felt that consolidating the trucks onto one lot — a lot that previously had a heavier use by MSD with similar sized trucks — and moving employee parking off the street was beneficial to the entire neighborhood, residents as well as businesses. The article failed to mention that Swift’s trucks and the trucks of other companies located in Butchertown are already traveling neighborhood streets. The new plan will reduce Swift’s portion of that traffic, not increase it. Currently, Swift trucks on a daily basis routinely travel on Story Avenue, Washington Street, Buchannan Street, North Bickel Avenue, Mellwood Avenue and Cabel Street. Once the new plan is implemented, the trucks will travel only on Cabel Street and will no longer be parked overnight on the Cabel Street lot directly across from residences.The neighborhood and the entire community benefits when businesses and residents coexist. A lawsuit, such as the neighborhood association has filed, does not reflect a willingness to find a solution, nor does being turned down to attend one of their association meetings, which I offered to do. I am very much in favor of Swift and the Butchertown neighborhood reaching some sort of agreement. I have been, and am, willing to sit at the table with both of these groups. Swift is important to this community. The Butchertown neighborhood is important to this community. They must learn to coexist peacefully. I sincerely believe that the new parking plan will further that goal. J. David Morris, director, Metro Development Authority•Editor’s note: Mr. Morris writes that Stephen George’s July 12 story, “Some days you’re the doughnut, some days the hole,” failed to note Swift’s role in the neighborhood, as well as the concept — pushed by Metro Government — that the company and the neighborhood must find ways to continue to coexist. That idea is, in fact, addressed in the story’s first section (to read the story, see “News/Features” on www.leoweekly.com). Additionally, Mr. Morris notes that George’s story failed to mention that Swift trucks already travel on streets in the Butchertown neighborhood. However, the story does include that information.

Erosia

LEO welcomes letters that are brief (250 words max) and thoughtful. Ad hominem attacks will be ignored, and we need your name and a daytime phone number. Send snail mail to EROSIA, 640 S. Fourth St., Louisville, Ky. 40202. Fax to 895-9779 or e-mail to leo@leoweekly.com. We may edit for length, grammar and clarity.

Erosia

LEO welcomes letters that are brief (250 words max) and thoughtful. Ad hominem attacks will be ignored, and we need your name and a daytime phone number. Send snail mail to EROSIA, 640 S. Fourth St., Louisville, Ky. 40202. Fax to 895-9779 or e-mail to leo@leoweekly.com. We may edit for length, grammar and clarity.

Erosia (Letters to the Editor)

LEO welcomes letters that are brief (250 words max) and thoughtful. Ad hominem attacks will be ignored, and we need your name and a daytime phone number. Send snail mail to EROSIA, 640 S. Fourth St., Louisville, Ky. 40202. Fax to 895-9779 or e-mail to leo@leoweekly.com. We may edit for length, grammar and clarity.Warming DebateIn his review of “An Inconvenient Truth” (June 21 LEO), Paul Kopasz says there is debate about the causes of global warming. There is not. The U.N.’s International Panel on Climate Change issued a report in 2001 that declared climate change is most likely due to human use of fossil fuels. This statement has been endorsed by the National Academies of Science of Brazil, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Russia, the U.S., Australia and more.In addition, NASA’s Goddard Institute, NOAA, the National Academy of Sciences, the EPA, the State of the Canadian Cryosphere (SOCC), the Royal Society of the United Kingdom (RS), the American Geophysical Union (AGU), National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), American Meteorological Society (AMS) and the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society have all published endorsements of this statement.If you need further proof, in 2004 Professor Naomi Oreskes conducted a study of 928 peer-reviewed scientific journal articles dealing with climate change. She found that none of the articles disagreed with the consensus. The only “controversy” about the causes of global warming is occurring on newspaper op-ed pages. It is fueled by conservative think tanks, most of which are funded by ExxonMobil.William WilsonIgnored the TruthAttn: Paul Kopasz:I read your review of “An Inconvenient Truth” with interest — as I do most of your movie reviews — but you appear not to have been paying attention to Al Gore’s documentary. You write that scientists have not been able to separate the effects of natural warming cycles from man-made causes. This is simply untrue. The scientific community has shown irrefutable evidence that mankind is causing climate change with the use of fossil fuels.Don’t listen to the oil companies who are spending millions of dollars trying to persuade the public there was still a debate to be had. The debate is over, as Gore demonstrates so effectively in his movie.You may not be one of the hardcore Bush Republicans, as you mentioned in your review, who wouldn’t be caught dead attending the film, but you appear to be one of many global-warming deniers — you know, the sort of people who believed the moon landing was staged on a movie lot in Arizona or that the earth is still flat. The only conclusion to take from reading your review is that you ignored “An Inconvenient Truth.”Sean Byrne

Erosia (Letters to the Editor)

LEO welcomes letters that are brief (250 words max) and thoughtful. Ad hominem attacks will be ignored, and we need your name and a daytime phone number. Send snail mail to EROSIA, 640 S. Fourth St., Louisville, Ky. 40202. Fax to 895-9779 or e-mail to leo@leoweekly.com. We may edit for length, grammar and clarity.

Erosia (Letters to the Editor)

LEO welcomes letters that are brief (250 words max) and thoughtful. Ad hominem attacks will be ignored, and we need your name and a daytime phone number. Send snail mail to EROSIA, 640 S. Fourth St., Louisville, Ky. 40202. Fax to 895-9779 or e-mail to leo@leoweekly.com. We may edit for length, grammar and clarity.

Erosia (Letters to the Editor)

LEO welcomes letters that are brief (250 words max) and thoughtful. Ad hominem attacks will be ignored, and we need your name and a daytime phone number. Send snail mail to EROSIA, 640 S. Fourth St., Louisville, Ky. 40202. Fax to 895-9779 or e-mail to leo@leoweekly.com. We may edit for length, grammar and clarity.

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LEO welcomes letters that are brief (250 words max) and thoughtful. Ad hominem attacks will be ignored, and we need your name and a daytime phone number. Send snail mail to EROSIA, 640 S. Fourth St., Louisville, Ky. 40202. Fax to 895-9779 or e-mail to leo@leoweekly.com. We may edit for length, grammar and clarity.

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LEO welcomes letters that are brief (250 words max) and thoughtful. Ad hominem attacks will be ignored, and we need your name and a daytime phone number. Send snail mail to EROSIA, 640 S. Fourth St., Louisville, Ky. 40202. Fax to 895-9779 or e-mail to leo@leoweekly.com. We may edit for length, grammar and clarity.