Letters to the Editor

Hanukkah story; Nuclear energy; Reason for season

Amphibian Stage Productions - “Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins.” Mitchell Stephens, Nathanael Clark and Justin Duncan.
Amphibian Stage Productions - “Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins.” Mitchell Stephens, Nathanael Clark and Justin Duncan.

Hanukkah story

Punch Shaw’s Sunday review of Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins (“Amphibian takes Hanukkah story to even greater heights”) relates an interesting new take on the Hanukkah story.

I’m not familiar with the book, but, according to your review, the play itself covers some of my well-remembered activities associated with this happy Jewish holiday.

It is certainly true that this holiday frequently coincides with Christmas, and, in this assimilated world, some Jewish kids may wish they could celebrate that holiday, too. However, the reverse is true, too: Gifts every night for eight nights? Can’t beat that!

More than a religious story, Hanukkah is a tale of fighting for freedom of religion, something that we take for granted here, in this time, in this country, but something that has been fought for, and died for, over many years and many religions.

Not all religions have survived, but Judaism has, in part because we never tire of telling the stories!

Thanks for a welcome addition to the holiday season.

Frankie Schwartzwald, Grand Prairie

Nuclear energy

In response to Maria Recio’s Tuesday story, “Effect of climate deal up in the air”: Am I missing something?

She highlighted almost every source of alternative energy, but failed to mention nuclear — a crucial component of our country’s energy plan.

Once considered the original “alternative energy,” nuclear is the world’s largest source of reliable, affordable, emission-free power, providing 20 percent of U.S. electricity and more than 60 percent of carbon-free energy (12 percent in Texas).

Nuclear produces no air pollutants or greenhouse gases and is extensively regulated by state and federal governments.

Every component of production, including the front end of the nuclear fuel cycle, uranium mining, is integral to U.S. energy policy.

The U.S. Geological Survey estimates there are 260 million pounds of uranium in South Texas — enough to supply U.S. nuclear fuel needs for up to five years. However, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, only 7.7 percent of necessary uranium is provided by U.S. mining operations, thus enriching foreign countries.

It is in our nation’s interest, and that of Texas, that both the production of domestic uranium and nuclear energy help meet our growing needs with proven clean energy while reducing reliance on foreign fuel.

Ches Blevins, executive director, Texas Mining and Reclamation Association, Austin

Reason for season

Teresa McUsic’s Savvy Consumer column in Saturday’s paper begins, “The holidays are mostly about shopping and giving.”

Oh, really?

I was always under the impression the reason was the birth of Christ.

Writers may be so focused on the consumerism that they forget the spiritual side.

Mike Morgan,