Denton avoiding disasters
Denton citizens are sustainability heroes.
Shale is not a particularly stable geologic structure.
Hydraulic fracturing deliberately shifts shale, so it is very reasonable to expect shifts farther than planned. Demanding a specific connection between “a” well and “a” quake is not valid. Not knowing about burglars at at my door does not make them less threatening.
Air and soil quality monitoring done by the energy companies is the only monitoring done frequently and close enough to wells. One should beware a fox watching the henhouse.
Water in Texas is an issue without fracking. A process that requires injecting enormous quantities of precious water, often drinkable, into the ground, is unwise. Adding carcinogenic and toxic chemicals that remain is all the worse.
Pipelines that gather raw gas for processing are carrying gas in its most corrosive, toxic and dangerous form. Without serious scrutiny in urban areas, these lines are time bombs.
Flaring, the burning off of gas not cost-effective to process, has an environmental impact roughly equal to an additional million automobiles on our highways. That is no help.
Denton is not spinning hyperbole; it is trying to avoid disasters.
— Carl Weddle, Arlington
Perspective on guns
The pull of a trigger and a beautiful, irreplaceable life is lost; the pull of a trigger and countless lives are saved.
It’s all in perspective — guns, that is.
If the shooter is a masked man after your life, then guns become an abomination to society, and people want all kinds of new laws in order to remove them from civil life.
If the shooter is a man defending his property or his people, then he is viewed as a hero.
The problem is that guns, when in the wrong, are the cause of tragedy everywhere, despite the fact that it’s the man holding the gun that is at fault.
The question now is are guns truly a problem, or is it just the people?
Are more gun laws really necessary, or is better gun education in safety and proper use necessary?
— Landon Hackley, Arlington
Carriers and canines
Regarding incidents with mail carriers being attacked by dogs, it just seems like they aren’t dogs’ favorite people.
To prevent constant incidents such as dog attacks, pet owners should keep an eye on their pets for the safety of their pets and for the safety of letter carriers and pedestrians as well.
— Nadeen Nadaf, Arlington
Praise for letter
Please repeat Ora Dell Whitehead’s letter (May 22, “Abatement for beer?”) at least once a week and consider placing it front and center on your front page.
The letter is extremely well-written and focuses on what is and has been for a very long time one of our nation’s greatest problems.
— David Wiegand,
New HUD director
President Obama’s appointment of Julián Castro to head up HUD may or may not produce any quantitative results.
What I do know is this: Neither Castro nor his brother found the time to attend the historic return to the Alamo of Travis’ famous “Victory or Death” letter.
Both, however, did attend the Canelo Alvarez-Austin Trout boxing match a couple of months later.
In the Alamodome in front of 40,000 fans, most Hispanic, a Mexican flag was permanently displayed in the ring between rounds. The U.S. flag was no where to be seen.
The national anthem was booed so loudly it could not be heard.
Julián and brother Joaquin presented the promoter with the key to the city.
This, apparently, is their constituency. I know this because I was at both.
— William Scott Farrar,
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