Where has Greene been?
In Richard Greene’s column (Nov. 26), he continues the conservatives’ climate change denial by saying “an objective, transparent, honest discussion about what we know and what we don’t know, with respect to CO2 has never taken place.” That discussion has been going on for more than 20 years.
President Trump said before his election “climate change is a Chinese conspiracy.” While Greene was employed by the EPA he denied climate change and was a part of President George W. Bush’s failure to address it.
Over the last 400,000 years, CO2 concentrations have cycled between a low of 18 ppm (resulting in cooling ice ages) and a high of 28 ppm (resulting in warming periods). Over the last 50 years, CO2 concentrations have risen to 40 ppm, 43 percent higher than ever over the last 400,000 years due entirely to humans burning fuel. Conservatives’ continued denial of human-driven climate change is dangerous to our future on earth.
Steve Hadley, Benbrook
Speaking out against #MeToo
How dare Cynthia M. Allen speak out against women who invoke the hashtag #MeToo when she is by her own admission a #NotMe? She cites concern that men in senior positions are increasingly afraid to meet with female employees because they are afraid to be caught making an inappropriate comment or gesture.
Maybe men with that fear have been caught in inappropriate situations before. The professional men whom I have dealt with all my life have never even said or done anything that could be misconstrued. If men are that concerned, have another employee at the meeting. Would you prefer women not step up for fear of losing their job? Not in the workplace or in my professional dealings, but count me as a #MeToo.
MJ Martinez, Fort Worth
Religion in a tax statement
Once again this year I received my Tarrant County property tax statement from Ron Wright with “In God We Trust” emblazoned in three different places. Just whose God from what religion would that be? Christianity? Islam? Hinduism? Buddhism? Judaism? Wright does not seem to understand that he is just a county tax collector and not a representative of the federal government.
At the very least we should agree that it is inappropriate to be embedded in our tax statement.
David Roll, Colleyville
The ballpark and bonds
Congress is considering eliminating the current tax exemption for municipal bonds to finance stadium projects.
Arlington intended that the sale of such bonds would finance its share of the cost of building its new retractable-roof ballpark. Buyers of municipal bonds like them because they are tax-exempt. However, without the tax exemption, the bonds would not be nearly as attractive. Under such circumstances, the only way to make them attractive is to raise the interest rates that the city would have to pay at an estimated additional cost to the city of $200 million.
Since the voters in Arlington approved the bond sale in 2016, why the delay in selling the bonds? The city started work on the new ballpark this year but did not plan to sell the bonds to help finance the project until early 2018. Did Arlington city officials fall asleep at the wheel on this one?
William Brown, Arlington