Letters to the editor: Sept. 27, 2017


I am so amazed that in the entertainment business there are so many mean-spirited, ignorant and thoughtless people whose purpose in life seems to be to bash and ridicule the president.

How much better it would be that instead of stooping to such lows, they would use their time to better their country and, among other things, do volunteer work. What kind of an example are they giving to the world and to our young people? They don’t have to like our president — but they should respect him. Wouldn’t it be great if we would all unite in prayer and ask God to bless our country?

ELEANOR C. EIFERT, PFLUGERVILLE

I am sick and tired of having zero representation due to state Rep. Dawnna Dukes’ failure to do what we initially elected her for. Even if she didn’t commit all the actions for which she has been charged, after watching this circus this past year, most of us doubt anything coming out of her camp’s collective mouths.

She needs to be removed from the office. It is time for the Democratic leadership to stand up and take a tough position. Is the leadership willing to do this? Apparently not. What are they afraid of? As for the folks that voted for her last time, that is another level of absurdity.

BOB HANKINS, PFLUGERVILLE

A day of environmental reckoning is coming. I don’t mean more hurricanes or more droughts. Environmental reckoning will come when families of those who died in Hurricanes Harvey and Irma — who lost their homes and property and had their lives totally disrupted — finally decide to file class-action lawsuits against the big oil companies for their lies and their paid liars denying that climate change is caused by what the oil company promotes.

Just like the lawsuits against tobacco companies for their lies. Unfortunately, our governor, the Texas Legislature and all Republican voters in Texas are equally as guilty as the big oil companies for their inexcusable unpreparedness for hurricanes because of their climate-change denial. I think states like California will try to make Texas pay a share of that liability. Someone will eventually make Texas Republicans pay.

JOHN WILLIAMS, MANOR

Re: Sept. 8 commentary, “Relations with Russia maintain U.S. as global safe haven.”

I was hoping that the opinion piece of professor James Galbraith questioning the rationale of our Russia policies would generate some discussion.

The new round of sanctions that have been imposed recently by an overwhelming majority of both parties are directed against everyone who participates in the construction of a planned northern pipeline from Russia to Germany. The German media have clearly identified the economic reasons behind these sanctions. There is no doubt in their mind that the U.S. petroleum industry would like to replace Russia as the main deliverer of gas and oil to Western Europe. There is also the usual suspect — our military-industrial complex — that is always in need of an enemy, and Russia is a proven entity.

JOSEPH NAGYVARY, TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY PROFESSOR EMERITUS, JONESTOWN

Re: Sept. 20th letter to the editor, “Wrong to link Harvey to climate change” and Sept. 9 commentary, “My eighth-graders know climatology better than congressmen.

In the global warming debate between an earnest school teacher, who uses the scientific method, versus an ossified politician beholden to the fossil fuel industry, I’ll pick the science teacher, Geoff Carlisle, any day. One only wishes that we had more teachers like him and far fewer politicians like U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith.

How can we do right by our students, children, grandchildren and indeed our nation when we try to compete with the rest of the world with one hand willingly tied behind our backs? Yes, I said “willingly” — for as long as we continue to return Lamar Smith to office, we condone his attacks on science and science education.

As we move further into the 21st century, the last thing we need is to be held back by Smith’s scientific hokum.

STEPHEN SHACKELFORD, AUSTIN

Re: Sept. 20th letter to the editor, “Wrong to link Harvey to climate change” and Sept. 9 commentary, “My eighth-graders know climatology better than congressmen.

Glad to see Congressman Lamar Smith has a copy of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Assessment. I ask that he read it cover to cover. He’ll find a walk through a hellish future based unequivocally on human use of fossil fuels. If shown on PBS, it would be preceded by “Viewer Discretion Advised.”

The sentence directly following his comment on low confidence in the frequency of hurricanes states, “However, it is virtually certain that intense tropical cyclone activity has increased in the North Atlantic since 1970.” The report overwhelms with correlations to climate change in all areas of the earth, from massive storms to forest fires.

I ask Smith to hold hearings with members of the House Climate Solutions Caucus, whose 56 members include 28 Republicans from states facing major sea-level rise, including Florida, Virginia and New York. There is a practical solution in a carbon fee and dividend.

AL BRADEN, AUSTIN



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