Has everyone forgotten what happened the last time the Soviets tried to introduce nuclear weapons into the western hemisphere?
President Kennedy on TV, DEFCON 3, school children hiding under their desks, full military mobilization?
Now we read, in an almost casual fashion, that Putin’s nuclear armed bombers will soon be flying off our coasts.
One more time, Putin is testing us, searching for the boundaries of acceptable provocation.
We need to nip this in the bud before we are looking at Soviet bomber and missile bases in South America. Perhaps it is time to announce our firm resistance to the presence of any foreign military based in the Western Hemisphere, a 100 mile limit for warplanes and our intention to shoot down any trespassers.
The world is comprised of sheep and shearers, and we need to decide which we want to be.
— Dwight A. Heard, Fort Worth
As a Vietnam veteran, my spirits were lifted by the wonderful story of WWII veteran Bill Blackman (See: “Veteran recalls the invasion of France,” Tuesday, Nov. 11).
His generation was indeed the greatest!
— Bruce W. Rider, Grapevine
I am a retired American Airlines Captain.
A three-day trip once a week averaged 60-plus hours on duty. Each duty day was 10 to 14 hours long. For that I would accrue 12 to 15 hours of flight pay. To the ill-informed, I worked three days or 15 hours a week.
Andrea Ahles’ Monday article (see: “American flight attendants reject new contract”) stated that the contract pay declined by AA flight attendants was for “working 80 hours.”
That is inaccurate and misleading. The time crews spend on aircraft and flight prep are not paid flight hours. The flight attendant who greets you at boarding and prepares the cabin for departure is not yet on flight hour pay. He or she is working a multiple of 80 hours to earn 80 hours of flight pay.
Airline pay is complex and I wouldn’t expect the media to cover in a short article what consumes pages of contract language.
That said, flight crews work many hours in excess of their contractual flight hours.
Please understand the difference between paid flight hours and “working 80 hours.”
— Burt E. Ballentine, Keller
What’s in a name
If you really want to “Find ways to honor fallen soldiers,” as Elliot Goldman suggested in his article on Monday, Nov. 10, try getting the name of the highest military award right first.
It is not and never has been the “Congressional” Medal of Honor. It is just Medal of Honor.
It is approved by Congress (as technically, all military awards are) but is presented by the commander-in-chief, the president.
— Cliff Sees, Euless
A stinky program
Well it looks like we have some ignorant Texas citizens living in the Burleson-Cleburne area. One of them actually works for the Ft Worth biosolids (BS) program.
Sewage sludge of any class is such a complex and unpredictable mixture of pathogens and chemical compounds that even if all the constituents were known, it would still be impossible to reliably assess the health risks when this toxic waste is applied to land.
The sewage industry is aware that the TCEQ is incapable of continuous monitoring which compounds the risk to Texas citizen and the environment.
They depend on affected Texans to complain or nothing happens.
The Fort Worth biosolids program is now Class AB because they are not processing sewage correctly.
God only knows what they have put out these past 20 years on 10,000 acres.
If you check Forth Worth and Renda’s websites you will see they still boast of making Class A which is false information to the farmers and public.
— R.C. Monk, Ellis
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