Re: Sept. 10 commentary, “Wear: The road goes on, but this reporter is taking the exit.”
It was with sadness and regret that I read Ben Wear’s final column in Monday’s paper.
Wear had an uncanny knack of making a dry subject like transportation interesting. His columns were informative and clever, and always a joy to read.
I will miss his voice and wish him well in any future endeavors which, I hope, will include writing.
CHRISTINA JONES, AUSTIN
Sept. 11, 2001, is one of the saddest days in American history, as some radical terrorists launched an attack in which 3,000 people lost their lives.
Due to few radical terrorists who have distorted the teachings of Islam for their own personal gains, it is believed that Islam is a religion of violence. This is a misconception. My religion, Islam, which means “peace,” considers it a great sin to take someone’s life. As the Quran states: “Whosoever killed a person … it shall be as if he had killed all mankind; and whoso gave life to one, it shall be as if he had given life to all mankind.”
As an American-born Ahmadi Muslim, I stand in solidarity with my country. So, my community, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, holds blood drives across the U.S. on the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks to honor the victims, which also represents my religious belief of “giving life.”
DANIA AHMAD, HUTTO
Re: Sept. 10 letter to the editor, “Trump supporters should be ashamed.”
I am replying to a letter that states that President Trump’s voters should be ashamed of themselves.
Let it be known that not many people — including myself — who voted for him condone his personality issues and outbursts.
His personal way of dealing with issues aside, I and most others who voted for him did it because we needed change from President Obama’s distain for hard-working American values. No more apology tours; he was only interested in social re-engineering. The Democrats forgot about the working class that they fought for before.
Now, they are more concerned about immigrants who entered the country illegally than the American worker. My health insurance price has gone up horribly to meet Obama’s regulations.
I could write and fill a whole page of the Statesman about why America voted for change. No, I don’t like the atmosphere right now, but having Hillary Clinton in office would be unbearable.
MIKE HANLON, AUSTIN
I’m puzzled. Trump supporters who intend on voting for Ted Cruz don’t seem to be bothered by the fact that the Tweeter-in-Chief characterized Cruz as “Lyin’ Ted.”
According to Trump, Cruz is an inveterate liar, has an ugly wife, and his father is a murderer. Yet, Cruz is asking for Trump’s support — and Trump is perfectly willing to campaign for Lyin’ Ted.
I guess if you support Trump and vote for Cruz, you just accept the fact that neither of them has even an ounce of integrity. But then, that’s pretty rampant in the Republican Party these days.
DENNIS PRATT, GEORGETOWN
Re: Sept. 9 commentary, “Power consumption puts grid on thin ice during hot summer.”
ERCOT and the generators did a great job meeting peak customer load this summer. Calls for customer conservation didn’t come from ERCOT, but from electric providers working to manage their portfolios and charges.
ERCOT manages market reliability using good, old-fashioned supply and demand. When demand is high, energy prices rise, and customers use less electricity.
Aging coal and nuclear plants are being retired because they are more expensive than every other electricity source — including wind, solar and natural gas — and energy efficiency.
A guest commentary by Bernard L. Weinstein opposes subsidies and market distortions, yet proposes capacity payments to cover part of nuclear, coal and gas plants’ capital costs. But regions with capacity charges don’t have better reliability than ERCOT — and they pay higher prices for their power bills, because capacity charges keep old, inefficient power plants online.
ERCOT’s reliable energy-only market contributes to Texas’ dynamic economy. Weinstein should trust it, not disrespect it.
ALISON SILVERSTEIN, PFLUGERVILLE