By Maurice Carter, Sustainable Newton Co-Founder & Past President
At Christmas, I wrote a post titled Climate Is a Dickens of a Problem, in which I referenced the ghosts of climate past, present, and future. This week, I encountered one of those kind and gentle spirits of our past in my own home.
My wife Kim and I were cleaning out our offices to prepare for home remodeling, when we found a letter tucked inside a hardcover volume on her bookshelf. It was from David G. Simons, MD, an elderly Covington resident who -- as it turns out -- was quite famous. His photo once graced the cover of Life magazine.
Writing on November 13, 2008, Dr. Simons was following up on a presentation he gave to the City of Covington Mayor and Council. (Kim was Mayor then.) His urgent message warned local officials about the threat of climate change. Reading the letter now, almost 15 years later, Bob Dylan's line from Tangled Up in Blue says it best: "Every one of them words rang true and glowed like burning coal, pouring off every page like it was written in my soul from me to you.”