DeLay's actions illegal
Re: Sept.30 commentary, “DeLay: Victim or face of problem?”
Tom DeLay and his TRMPAC colleagues ran afoul of a law that is as clear today as it was when it was enacted in 1905. Raising and spending corporate money on campaigns for state office is illegal. Indeed, two of DeLay’s top aides pleaded guilty to raising and spending illegal political contributions at TRMPAC. Until the recent contrary opinion by two partisan, Republican judges, every judge and jury dealing with this case over the past 10 years has upheld the law against DeLay and his associates.
Obamacare is the law
It’s the law. The Affordable Care Act isn’t a proposal or a concept under consideration. If you don’t approve of it, change it by using one of these legal methods: amend it, repeal it, or contest it in court. To make an end run and take away the funding because legitimate challenges were unsuccessful is not only unethical, it’s unreasonable. But, the real absurdity is to accuse advocates of the law of an unwillingness to compromise. Proponents have already negotiated in good faith and made substantial concessions, all at the appropriate time when the bill was under consideration. To strong-arm a new debate because legitimate challenges failed is outrageous. If these spoiled brats are allowed to keep holding the American people hostage, chaos will continue to rule. Surely, the Republican Party has some level-headed leaders who can take their junior senators by the ear and get them under control?
Stop paying Congress
What is going on? The Senate is led by a politician who is not adept at doing anything except twisting facts to suit his own agenda. The president doesn’t know what he is doing unless he has a script to follow. He says that the House is part of an “extreme right-wing faction” and then calls for everyone to stop demonizing each other. He and Sen. Harry Reid insist that the House negotiate, yet they are unwilling to do so themselves. The president and Congress have caused not a government shutdown but a citizen shutdown. We are not allowed to visit our parks, get a passport or apply for Social Security, yet Congress and the president still get paid.
We are spied on, we are told what we can’t do and what we have to buy — this sounds like a “government tail” wagging the “citizen dog.” If employees decided to shut a business down, they would be fired. It’s time that we shut them down — no salary, no travel, no nothing — until they can fairly negotiate and come to a consensus that is fair to all.
The irresponsible GOP
Despite its spin-doctoring efforts, the wildly irresponsible Republican Party is demonstrating wholesale disrespect for our democratic and legal processes and endangering the stability and well-being of our nation at home and abroad. I don’t see how we can tolerate and support such recklessness.
Call Perry Pest Control
Re: Oct. 4 article, “Coyotes have residents on edge.”
I have a suggested solution. They have a greenbelt, probably includes a running trail — convince Gov. Rick Perry to change his exercise track routine, and he’ll take care of the pesky critters with his sidearm.
Wind energy isn't cheap
Re: Oct. 4 letter to the editor, “Austin energy bills.”
The writer bemoaned his being charged a “system peak” rate for running his pond and pool pump. He longs for a rate designed to encourage people to “tap into low cost energy, usually wind” and he encourages a “rate design based on a reward concept when we are able to use wind energy.” I have a friend who lives in Germany where the Green Party has forced their government to mandate utilities to provide wind and solar energy sources in addition to traditional sources. Government subsidized wind and solar energy now make up an average of 25 percent of his German electric power mix. From a comparison of our power bills, the rate my friend in Germany pays is $0.32/kWh compared to $0.10/kWh I pay here in Texas. He has stopped using his electric clothes dryer. Low cost wind energy is a myth.
Cheers for solar rebates
In politics and in life, it is always easiest to complain when things aren’t going your way than to express gratitude when a decision turns out how you had hoped. The city recently proposed cuts to the solar energy rebates program but decided to increase the budget instead. While I watched with bated breath, I was anticipating loud cries of injustice had the cuts been approved. But since the rebates program has been given the green light for at least the foreseeable future, I want to shout just as loudly with our cries of appreciation.
Let’s be clear. Everyone in the solar industry has understood from the beginning that the solar energy rebates are a temporary program, and no one expects them to last forever. What we did expect, however, was for the program to be given a chance to run its course, thoroughly allowing the city and its residents to invest in solar energy in a way that makes sense for our economy. I am thankful the city has shown they have a similar vision as well.