Gordon Dickson wrote a good article (see: “Dry Wichita Falls to try drinking ‘potty water,’ ” Saturday) on the water shortage in Wichita Falls and other counties in North Texas.
Residents, cities and companies are going to have to learn more about conservation to deal with this return of the Dust Bowl.
But, he left out one glaring use of water: fracking.
Google fracking and Wichita Falls and many companies pop up, the same as all over this area including Fort Worth.
Fracking is the elephant Texas leaders want to ignore, but it will not go away. The destruction of millions of gallons of water by being pushed down holes in the ground, often causing small earthquakes, is a crime against the residents of this state.
Technology exists to reuse this water. We ignore profligacy in pursuit of greed at our peril, as well as that of our grandchildren.
— Catherine Clyde, Benbrook
The Sunday Associated Press story, “Low-paying jobs aren’t a way up — they’re a way of life,” captured the fact that President Obama is doing his executive best to increase the minimum wage but he leaves out some of the collateral consequences to some consumer classes, i.e. the poor and elderly.
Prices are going to go up to compensate retailers for raising wages. Some retail businesses will simply set up shop in foreign countries where cheap labor is the definitive economic way of life for employees.
The Great Depression had a national brush stroke effect on many businesses and wage earners alike, but until economic growth gets better than the posted 1.9 percent last year (well below post-WWII average of 3.2 percent), an increase in wages isn’t feasible.
— Delores Cantrell, Fort Worth
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