Re: Dec. 28 article, “Mexico has rapidly growing appetite for Texas natural gas.”
Celebrating Mexico’s increasing appetite for Texas natural gas missed the point that while natural gas burns cleaner than coal it is a much more potent heat-trapping gas. During the process of fracking, extracting and transporting natural gas, methane is released into the atmosphere, where it is 100 times more potent than carbon dioxide. Methane levels in our atmosphere are increasing dramatically, which reinforces our need to change our energy diet from fossil fuels over to renewables. Celebrating an energy switch to natural gas from coal is like celebrating a dietary switch from hamburgers and french fries to steak and french fries. Either way, it’s unhealthy and will lead to health problems down the road for the planet or for your body, which of course also depends on a healthy functioning planet for its needs. Escaped methane is heating up the planet much faster than coal ever did.
BEKI HALPIN, AUSTIN
Re: Dec. 27 article, “Under Abbott’s watch, CPS has worsened.”
Surprise, surprise! More kids are in Child Protective Services and more are dying on Gov. Abbott’s watch! But buckle up, taxpayers, because it’s gonna get worse. Remember when then-Attorney General Abbott said: “Every day I get up and sue Obama.” Then there’s also the time and resources spent by Attorney General Ken Paxton for his lawsuit follies. All of this legal strutting costs money. Now add the time and resources spent by Gov. Abbott and his echo, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, in doing away with more women’s health clinics to limit abortions. So all these clownish antics will only shove more kids into CPS and more kids will die because they weren’t wanted to begin with. No wonder Abbott is batting zero with CPS. When has our governor ever done anything to better our state? (Crickets?) I thought so!
ALICE ADAMS, AUSTIN
Without the Obamacare, my daughter with disabilities would’ve been sent home to die after reaching lifetime cost limits in her first month of life in the neonatal intensive care unit. And if the Affordable Care Act is repealed, she’ll be ineligible for coverage due to pre-existing conditions; she has heart disease and Down syndrome. High cost, high-deductible risk pools for people are no viable alternative. Years ago, when my daughter needed a sleep study to screen for seizures and apnea, doctors demanded our $10,000 deductible up front. If unable to pay, I had to wait for her to have seizures or turn blue then go to the emergency room. Incredible!
Now a $251 monthly subsidy enables us to afford our Marketplace plan. Republicans proposed a tax deduction, but you can’t deduct what you can’t afford to buy. Low- and middle-income families depend on subsidies to purchase insurance; many more depend upon Medicaid expansion under the ACA.
JULIE ROSS, DALLAS
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This photo of paramedic Grant Tait should have appeared with his contribution to the Jan. 3 roundup of New Year’s resolutions from community leaders.