Letters to the Editor – Climate Change, Rochelle Garza, Border Crisis, Sportsmanship
Vote in the “climate elections”
Re: “Extreme weather is here to stay – From 100-degree days to flooding to wildfires, Texas can expect more of the same,” Tuesday’s editorial.
Your editorial reflects scientists’ observations that extreme weather events at both ends of the spectrum are getting worse. Your advice to “prepare” implies the need for urgent action to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions and ameliorate the extremes while we still can.
The Inflation Reduction Act is a powerful federal response to the climate crisis. Congress has acted; now the Texas legislature must act. The Texas electric grid is built for the climate of the past, not for a future of extremes. In 2005, the Legislature invested in transmission to move wind power from West Texas to population centers. It works at full capacity!
We now need to build more transmission to enable the development of cleaner power generation, support the West Texas economy, and lessen the threat of blackouts.
As you recently pointed out, the legislature must also empower agencies to force industry to reduce fugitive methane emissions.
November 8 is a climate election. Citizens’ Climate Lobby volunteers register voters and ask them to help us increase each candidate’s ambition to reduce emissions and seize opportunities for low-carbon leadership. The world needs Texas to act.
Ann Drumm, Dallas/Uptown
Subject: “The recipe is in place for network reliability – Vistra Corp. Gas Plant. based in Irving, 22,000 batteries come into use when demand increases,” August 21 article.
Schnurman’s article on the pioneering efforts of Vistra Corp. to ensure network reliability is welcome and promises good news. Municipalities can also contribute to a more stable energy future by encouraging residential and commercial solar and battery installations. And visionary homebuilders should build homes with solar-ready roofs, if not actual installations and battery systems. In this way, owners will save money and also contribute to the stability of the network.
Ed Soph, Denton
Money is not decisive this time
Re: “Garza needs financial help in tight race – She targets AG Paxton as GOP’s weakest link, but Democrats let her go solo”, by Gromer Jeffers Jr., Metro column, August 22.
In this column, you made the questionable assumption that more money would improve Rochelle Garza’s chances of being elected. What if this assumption is not true? This will be the most unique midterm in our history and thinking about it in terms of the usual party alignments (Democrats vs. Republicans) won’t win, IMHO.
And that’s because it will be the independents and fence-sitters who will determine the outcome in November. So I’m a firm believer that Garza (and Beto O’Rourke) can win without a gazillion campaign dollars in their pockets.
Krasner grass, spice wood
No serious game
Subject: “Texas Dems, There’s A Border Crisis – And It Will Cost You At The Polls If You Continue To Fail To Recognize This Reality,” August 21 editorial.
Your appropriate remarks should be taken to heart by Beto O’Rourke and Democrats in general. The border is not secure and more fences are not the solution. The wearing of blinkers is appropriate for the mule but for ruling this state and this nation, it is inappropriate.
O’Rourke will be defeated by Governor Greg Abbott despite the latter’s series of failures to properly feel the anger of Texans over the overall handling of the electricity problem we still have. Add to that his rigid attitude and that of Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick on abortion and suffrage reform to be friendlier to those who cannot show up at a polling place and in the plotting of district lines.
Unfortunately, neither party nationally has really presented a serious plan for immigration reform and blaming the president is a mistake. Launching sound bites for the news media is a dereliction of duty.
Marvin Noble, Dallas/Preston Hollow
Sportsmanship starts at home
Re: “Some districts tighten security at football matches – Violence in Uvalde and at youth competitions prompts officials to act,” Wednesday’s news article.
Although security measures seem like a good idea, it really starts elsewhere. It starts with aggressive coaches and especially parents living vicariously through their children. A zero tolerance policy for aggressive actions, language and gossip should be in place.
I have heard despicable things during the youth ball games. I’ve seen an adult face off against a teenage referee because of a “bad” call. I heard parents laughing and ridiculing the opposing player because of a bad game.
Even professional games are out of control. The spirit of the game, the “it’s part of the game” and excuses like that do not hold water.
If there is an incident, however small, the game is over, the offending team or staff are disqualified and expelled. Perhaps one more incident and the team is banned from all competition. Period.
Emotions should not “soar”, especially in a recreational game for young people. A Dairy Queen ice cream stop and juice boxes are the goal. They are children.
Rich Rigsby, Wylie
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