The two Thursday stories by Anna M. Tinsley about the new law mandating which light bulbs to use illustrate the government’s intrusive powers and over-regulation.
First, fluorescent bulbs cost more, can’t be dimmed by a rheostat and are made with mercury, a known link to birth defects and behavioral disorders.
If a bulb leaks or breaks, it’s recommended that you open your doors and windows to sweep up the mess. Try telling that to an elderly or disabled person whose movement is compromised. How about during a freeze or heat wave, with doors and windows open?
We should be able to illuminate our homes, businesses, etc., with either option, fluorescent or incandescent, not be force-fed a product that costs considerably more.
Will the government next tell consumers what brand, color or texture of toilet paper to use?
— Delbert Cantrell, Fort Worth
It’s disconcerting that the government bans incandescent light bulbs that are not an immediate danger to the public (hey, we still have cigarettes for sale).
However, if we reduce our dependence on foreign oil, disengaging us from unstable Middle East countries and saving the lives of our American soldiers, I’m all for it.
Consider it a sacrifice for our military. Reducing pollution from coal-fired power plants is icing on the cake.
I never thought I’d say this, but: “Thank you for considering our nation’s future, President George W. Bush.”
— Mark Bauer, Colleyville
Jim Fuquay wrote an excellent Friday article on the Azle meeting involving Texas Railroad Commissioner David Porter (“No answers on area quakes”). I wasn’t at the meeting, but I understand the frustration felt by the attendees.
A study done at the Denver Rocky Mountain Arsenal and Rangely oil field in Colorado in the early 1960s is all the proof you need to indicate that injecting high volumes of liquid into the ground, not fracking, is causing the earthquakes in the Azle area.
I offer a simple solution: Continually reduce the volume of fluids being injected into the wells over time until the earthquakes cease.
Thus, you can establish the proper volume of fluids that can be injected over any given period.
The Railroad Commission and owners of the injection wells should be prudent stewards of our environment and ease the tension that this activity has caused in the community.
— Michael Umphress, Hurst
Media coverage of the icebound Russian research ship MV Akademik Shokalskiy shows how 100 years of technology has changed our world, yet nature can still rule.
In August 1914, the vessel Endurance sailed from England to Antarctica on an expedition led by Ernest Shackleton.
The Endurance became trapped in ice in January 1915.
The subsequent epic journey of the crew from the ice floe to rescue during the next 19 months, including two harrowing voyages in small, open boats over the world’s stormiest waters, is one of the greatest survival stories in history.
Contrast the current situation: The trapped ship was in constant communication with other vessels and the world media, video of the crew and passengers showed them warm and entertained, and a helicopter was available to transport passengers (some of them tourists) off the ice. The ship’s predicament was cause for international curiosity, not concern for survival.
Yet the Russian ship, with all our navigation technology and knowledge of Antarctic waters, still became trapped in ice.
— Paul Park, Fort Worth
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