Take shorter showers
Did you know that the restroom is the place where most water is wasted? This letter is to let you know how you can conserve water, because as Jacques Cousteau said, if oceans should die … it will signal the end, not only for marine life, but all other animals… including man.
The first way you can save water is by taking shorter showers. I know that after a long day, longer showers seem better, but try to cut it down. I know it doesn’t take you 20 minutes to shampoo, 10 to condition and the rest to scrub your body. Another way you can conserve water is by turning off the faucet while brushing your teeth. According to an article titled “Water is Life,” you can conserve more than 4 1/2 gallons just by turning off the faucet. All it takes is little effort.
Abortion denial deadly
Re: July 24 commentary, “Texas liberals should look at economy, not abortion.”
Ross Douthat’s article lauding Ireland for its abortion policy conveniently overlooks the brouhaha that took place not too long ago when Irish authorities refused to allow an abortion for a woman who doctors said would die without one and also said her fetus would not survive to term no matter what. There was no abortion, and both the woman and fetus died.
Tar sands emissions bad
Like many Americans, I’m becoming increasingly concerned about global warming. Even in my short life, I can see how much the weather has changed. Rejection of the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline is one of the most important and immediate executive steps that President Barack Obama can take to address the climate crisis. The State Department estimates that greenhouse gas emissions of tar sands may be 22 percent greater than emissions from average crude oil refined in the U.S. We simply cannot afford to keep increasing the amount of CO2 we’re putting into the air.
Lehmberg a disgrace
I can’t even explain how Rosemary Lehmberg thinks she can get away with a crime that she committed just because she’s the Travis County district attorney. She’s an ordinary person like everyone else in this society, and special treatment should not be acceptable. Any employer that has been aware of their employee’s DWI probably would not allow that employee to come back (in my opinion). She’s a disgrace to Austin, and she could have killed someone that night.
Re “July 18 article, “Rolling Stone bomber cover infuriates Boston, victims.”
One can understand people’s anger at seeing Dzhokar Tsarnaev’s photo on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine. I felt similar disgust when I went into a bookstore several weeks ago and saw Amanda Knox’s book displayed. Even if some question her guilt in the killing of Meredith Kercher, I find it obscene that she would get a book deal as the result of someone else’s tragedy. The victim’s family should get every penny of Knox’s royalties in a wrongful death lawsuit.
As to the Rolling Stone story, the magazines’s editors have pointed out that they’ve run similar cover stories on other killers, like Timothy McVeigh. Maybe what it boils down to is that readers have a fascination with the Tsarnaevs and McVeighs of the world. Sadly, violence sells books and magazines.
Patent assertion a plague
Businesses need Congress to take action to address patent assertion entities. Abuse of the patent process costs the U.S. economy $80 billion yearly in lost revenues and productivity. Patent assertion entities buy patents on inventions for products they don’t manufacture, and sue or threaten to sue organizations they claim infringe on the patents. This problem is exploding: those entities are targeting end-users of electronic devices with allegations of patent infringement.
Innocent product purchasers, such as hotels providing wireless Internet access to guests, are being targeted by patent assertion entities seeking to earn a quick settlement. These frivolous lawsuits are abusive and are a financial burden with serious consequences. Smart reforms are needed to the current patent process to curb patent trolls’ ability to extort these settlements from small businesses. As the Senate takes on this issue, we are encouraging Sens. John Cornyn and Ted Cruz to work together on a comprehensive legislative solution.
Misusing the race card
The argument of races is so overdone. I agree; no man of any color should be a slave or not be treated equal to other nationalities. I have grown up through times where the blacks lived on one side of town, the Hispanics on another and the whites in the middle but was always taught to respect everyone and to give them the same chances in life.
I have worked with all colors and had friends of all colors. We have a black president. People in high places are of different colors. So let’s stop using racism as an excuse for what we think is unfair.
George Zimmerman was cleared by a jury made up of different nationalities. This jury must have decided that the evidence was enough to decide the verdict. That’s the law of the country. Don’t blame that on color. It could have happened to anyone accused of a crime.
An editorial published in Thursday’s editions incorrectly spelled the name of Bob Nicks, president of the Austin Firefighters Association.