Letters to the editor: Energy, immunity, animals on the 4th of July, debate

Letters to the editor: Energy, immunity, animals on the 4th of July, debate

Letters to the editor: Energy, immunity, animals on the 4th of July, debate

Show us the reliability

Re: Growth not a problem, ERCOT chief says — As demand rises, so do concerns about the state’s peak capacity,” Monday’s news story.

ERCOT CEO Pablo Vegas’ constant assurances about the reliability of the Texas power grid, even with the massive drain on the grid by the Bitcoin industry and data centers, makes one wonder who Vegas is trying to convince.

Words are cheap and the supposed reliability of the Texas power grid will soon be put to the test with another hellish Texas summer. Don’t tell us, show us that the precarious Texas power grid is capable of providing the power needed to survive the next four months in Texas.

Tony Torres, Garland

Now the “what ifs” begin

Now that the Supreme Court has ruled that the president has immunity for official acts, does that mean President Joe Biden can declare former President Donald Trump an enemy combatant and send him to Guantanamo?

It is sad that this issue has been brought before the court. The ruling will cause serious problems in the coming years, especially if someone who does not respect the law at all is elected to that position.

Alan Bryan, Richardson

Presidential immunity

Politicians and pundits lie and exaggerate all the time, so it’s important to look at what they do, not what they say, to find out what they really believe.

Republicans swear that Biden is a mad tyrant who will use any means necessary to stop Trump. Yet they appeal to the Supreme Court that the president is immune from prosecution and celebrate the ruling in their favor, a ruling that grants Biden, the “mad tyrant,” absolute immunity for official acts. They also claim that the election was and will be stolen, but encourage their supporters to “vote so much that they can’t rig it,” as if fraud works that way.

Democrats, similarly, swear that if Trump wins the 2024 election, democracy will end. Yet their only solution is for Biden to win the election. They gave up on removing Trump from the ballot months ago and have no new ideas — not the kind of dedication given to an existential threat.

It seems to me that, despite the rhetoric, none of the parties is seriously concerned about becoming the symbolic opposition in a dictatorship.

Thomas Urech, Plan

Like the war for animals

As humans, we understand that fireworks explosions are temporary, that their visual effects are harmless, and that we are not in danger. But for animals, it’s like a war in their homes, whether it’s birds, raccoons, or armadillos in the wild around us, or dogs and cats that are part of our family.

These shocking noises cause more pets to go missing on the Fourth of July than any other day of the year. Worse yet, frightened birds crash into windows, causing serious injury or even death. Wildlife often abandon their nests or dens.

Make sure pets have identification. Keeping them indoors during fireworks is critical. Keeping them in a safe room with toys, music or television is especially important. Better yet, stay home with them so they don’t panic.

We can spare the animals from the deafening noises, burning smoke, and bright lights. Instead, let’s celebrate with glow sticks, piñatas with firecrackers, red and blue bubbles, giant bubble glow sticks, balloons with LED lights inside, confetti shooters, and fun strings.

Educate your neighbors, lobby your homeowners association or chamber of commerce, and ask local leaders to sponsor 100% animal-friendly celebrations without live fireworks.

Linda Robertson, Dallas

Texas State Director, Animal Welfare Action

Fair evaluation

Re: “Debate unnerves Democrats as lawmakers turn their attention to Trump,” Saturday news.

This article is a fairer assessment of President Joe Biden’s lackluster performance in the debate against Donald Trump. We conservatives are used to the media treating Biden as if he were a mix of George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King Jr.

What this story misses, and it is a huge mistake, is how the mainstream media places its ideology above what is good for America while continuing to promote a president who is clearly declining physically, mentally and morally.

On Friday in Raleigh, North Carolina, after his terrible debate performance, Biden attacked Trump in a furious, profanity-laced speech at a rally in which he failed to inform voters how he would be better off if re-elected.

We have a deeply divided country and our president has neither the will nor the ability to unite us.

Don Skaggs, Garland

The principle at stake

The results of the debate may not have been good for the Democratic or Republican campaigns, but they could not have been clearer for the soul of America, the spirit that made the benefits of this country possible. The message was: a democracy requires that citizens vote not for the person (too mortal, too false), but for the principle.

Vote for the leadership team that demonstrates the most intelligence, truthfulness, compassion, cooperation, honesty, and impartial justice.

The American Revolution was based on one principle, the belief that we could cooperate enough to govern ourselves; we did not need a corrupt king to control us. This principle had to be reaffirmed again and again.

Beyond all our group sins, stupidities, and arrogance, through world wars and pandemic bewilderments, the real American dream is not financial wealth but group-desired well-being. I vote for you to be free to choose for yourself what is good for you, as long as it does not destroy group well-being. I vote for us to enjoy together the protection of the impartial rule of law as nearly as possible. I vote for you to tell me the truth about our nation’s business and admit it when you are caught lying and stealing. Lies create nothing but misery.

I vote to be responsible for educating myself so that I can understand the principle, the ideal, that makes America the land of opportunity.

I vote against those who practice extortion, bribery, violence, fraud and corruption of information. Americans are identified by their loyalty to principles, not to a particular person or party. That requires individual courage, conviction, honesty and the effort to vote. It takes principled people working together to create a democracy of well-being.

Paula Craig, Dallas/Oak Cliff

Contrasts in the debate

The stark contrast between President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump made our choice in November abundantly clear. Do we want strength and confidence or a hollow, gibbering shell of what once was? Trump has his flaws, too, but he still projects strength and a keen business sense.

I think CNN did a credible job of putting on this show, and I doubt there will be another. Please continue to pray for this nation, as these are turbulent times.

Anton Skell, Plan

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