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Letter: We’re in hot water now

The lead story in the July 31 Monitor, “Beaches see high bacteria,” neglects to mention that water temperatures are overall above normal this year, which promotes accelerated growth of bacteria.

When we combine the higher water temperatures with higher rainfall levels, the entire article screams of climate change.

Laconia officials are taking “steps to figure out the source and correct the problem.” The underlying problem is that our burning of fossil fuels is damaging the stable climate upon which mankind, and all other species currently living on Earth, have evolved to live.

Until we address this underlying cause, we should expect many more such changes in our habitats. We must support the president with his climate plan and only vote for local, state, and national candidates who are firmly committed to the challenge of addressing this scientific reality.

SUSAN SHAMEL

Hillsboro

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