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Letters: The Russian playbook; columnist critiques; solution for water crisis

The Russian playbook

The unconscionable destruction of Malaysian Flight 17 and the murder of 298 innocent passengers is a direct result of Russia’s territorial ambitions in the Ukraine.

Putin’s playbook is identical to what Stalin did in Eastern Europe after WWII.

The Europeans, as usual, are wimps who want to ride on America’s coattails.

We haven’t had a president who could handle the Soviet Union since Ronald Reagan.

— Mac Bernd, Arlington

Columnist critiques

I certainly saw nothing in Richard Greene’s column (“Political correctness run amok,” Sunday) addressing the vitriol and insults hurled by the right against anyone who dares to disagree.

Productive, respectful discussion of the issues and reasonable solutions will require both sides to lay down their verbal arms, and unfortunately, human nature being what it is, I don’t see it happening any time soon.

— Barbara Kennedy,

Arlington

Opinions that columnist Bud Kennedy disagrees with are categorized as the Texas Republican party’s “rage,” “hate” and “attack” against certain policies and activities of our current federal government.

These sensational headline catchwords, I suppose, succeed in getting Bud more readers (worked on me).

However, these, along with the snarky content of his recent columns, place him on the “fringe” of the left, exactly equal to the “fringe” on the right that fires up his political columns.

A comment from any person, pamphlet, website or blog becomes the basis for painting all Republicans and conservatives with the brush of evil and mean spirit.

Among many examples, this:

A few people (delegates, spectators? Bud doesn’t say.) shout “No Amnesty” at the Texas GOP Convention, and the Republicans, of course, hate children.

I’ve been a registered Democrat in Tarrant County since 1968, and I remember liberal columnist Molly Ivins, who at least understood both sides, and knew how to make fun of the “powers that be” without leaving a bad “aftertaste.”

— Dave Nielsen,

Arlington

Solution for water crisis

Water becomes a coveted and absolutely necessary product when it is in demand and there’s not enough.

Central and West Texas are in a serious drought.

Our technology exists and is currently in use in automobile production and in recovery of agricultural water runoff to clean fracking water at a fraction of the cost to dump contaminated water down an empty well.

The underground aquifers are low and vulnerable to contamination from the large amounts of fracking water, approximately 1.5 million barrels per well, with the additional impact of seismic activity generated.

This water technology was tested in 2009 in Cleburne, using water from 10 of the most contaminated wells. It was patented in 2012.

The savings generated by cleaning the water could be used to update and repair the Texas highways and help support improvements in our education system independent of federal funds.

Cleaning water used in fracking is economical, environmentally sound and well within the capabilities of today’s technology.

So why aren’t we doing it?

— Wally Herzog, Granbury

Let’s disagree

Reg Henry is right about human decency (see: “Maybe we should agree to disagree,” July 17) but he’s wrong to think we should all agree to disagree.

How does that solve anything? It can’t help but lead to, “Here’s to you and here’s to me. May we never disagree. If we do, forget you, here’s to me.”

As a conservative, I like disagreement. It slows down government overreach, and while disagreeing on a particular issue, each individual involved is growing, learning more and making ever-better choices.

Liberals can’t afford to let people think and act for themselves. It causes the government to be a smaller part of everyone’s life, which is what liberals used to believe in.

It’s almost insane how that turned around in 30 years.

Jimmy Carter was a very decent person as president, but his policies have proven to be arguably the second most disastrous in American history.

The holder of first place is currently trying to seal the record for posterity.

— Ralph M. Gill, Fort Worth

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