I feel fortunate to have two bulk collections each year. The two men who picked up a vast amount of bulk items in front of my home were amazing. They worked diligently as a team; the forklift operator was extremely skilled as he carefully picked up the items and deposited them in another truck. Count your blessings for this service. Paying someone to come to your home and haul off bulk items would be prohibitively expensive. I am grateful for this curbside service and impressed with the expertise of the employees that do that job.
Also, I realized what a “land of plenty” we are as I always see nice furniture that could be donated rather than trashed. Call an organization that will pick up and help others rather than fill the landfill with something that could be useful for another person.
GEORGENE CROLLEY, AUSTIN
Re: Aug. 4 article, “House approves Medicaid bill, but it’s not one of Abbott’s priorities.”
The Texas House of Representatives is doing its job. These legislators are addressing actual needs of the people of Texas, such as aid for children with disabilities, school funding and taxes. They are taking the time to examine the issues and deliberate, not just rubber-stamping the governor’s want list.
The Senate, meanwhile, continues to focus on nonissues — such as who uses what bathroom — and put conservative ideology over the needs of the people of Texas. I can’t imagine better examples of good versus bad governance. Kudos to Speaker Joe Straus and most of the members of the Texas House of Representatives for staying focused on the needs of the people you represent and the success of our great state.
RONA DISTENFELD, AUSTIN
As youth soccer season kick off, it’s vital parents protect their athletes with sunscreen. After all, the American Academy of Dermatology estimates that even one bad childhood sunburn can double the risk of melanoma later in life. Unfortunately, the “all natural” movement has begun advocating against common sunscreens.
In its sunscreen guide, the Environmental Working Group attacks oxybenzone, a broad-spectrum (UVA and UVB) protectant, and Vitamin A, an antioxidant that prevents the sun’s aging effects. But dermatologists say neither could cause a problem in someone’s lifetime.
Fear over “nanoparticles” is also far-fetched. The tiny particles clump together, preventing your body from absorbing them. And when mineral ingredients like zinc oxide or titanium dioxide are small enough, they don’t leave a white residue.
In reality, the Food and Drug Administration regulates sunscreens like over-the-counter medications. Parents should be confident knowing water-resistant sunscreen of at least 30 SPF will keep their athletes sunburn free for the season.
JOSEPH PERRONE, CHIEF SCIENCE OFFICER FOR THE CENTER FOR ACCOUNTABILITY IN SCIENCE, WASHINGTON, D.C.
Recently, we’ve discovered that President Trump “weighed in” on the phony explanation put forth by Don Jr. regarding the meeting with Russian operatives. This, despite multiple assurances by his attorney Jay Sekulow, that he had “nothing to do with it.” We learned that the president lied about phone calls from the Mexican president and lied about others from Boy Scout officials. During the campaign, he asserted that he’d preserve legal immigration and Medicaid — more lies. This president, apparently, wouldn’t recognize the truth if he tripped over it.
Harry S. Truman once said of President Richard Nixon: “If he ever caught himself telling the truth, he’d lie just to keep his hand in.” Our current president makes Tricky Dick look like Honest Abe.
BILL YOUNG, MANOR