The headline article read “Dry future for west?” (May 7). Pardon me for asking, but hasn’t it been arid in the southwestern regions of this country, at least for the last several hundred years? It should come as no surprise to rationally-minded people that the future weather patterns would be any less severe, as far as predictions for drought are concerned.

We certainly cannot change weather patterns, and it is arrogant and self-serving thinking to suppose that we can. George Will, a respected national columnist, recently stated in an interview that the global warming hysteria being foisted upon the American people is nothing more than a ruse for socialism through the back door. He is right. All feeble attempts at dealing with climate change will necessarily translate into more government intrusion, i.e. less freedom in the everyday lives of the people.

Ben B. Booth