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December 4, 2018

Really gone?First Sheryl Sculley gives herself a glowing self -evaluation, with the hopes to get another $100,000 bonus and within a few hours she announces her retirement. That certainly took Ron Nirenberg and the city council by surprise. That came out of nowhere. Of course, there is always the outside chance that Sheryl Sculley is not going anywhere; not really. Ron Nirenberg and the council will claim that they cannot find anybody to replace her and she will be asked to stay on, will be given a big bonus like $100,000 or so. Sort of like what was done with police chief McManus when he left the police force for a few month and then was brought back to be police chief of San Antonio again by none other than Sheryl Sculley. One has to love San Antonio politics.Sabine Maytum, Universal CityBetter solutionsRe: “Climate Change can be Solved”Another View by John Fehlauer, Friday:I appreciate Mr.. Fehlauer’s attempt to rally the Christian conservatives to the climate change cause, but his effort and solutions are weak. In the first place, the United States must take the lead on the world stage to encourage other nations to take action on the crisis, driven, of courses, by our own example. Secondly, The U.S. should continue, and even enhance, our subsidies to develop wind power grids, electric car use, wave power initiatives, public transport, and the host of other greenhouse gas reducing policies. Thirdly, coal use must be abandoned posthaste and auto emissions standards should tighter. The marketplace solutions mentioned as a solution are ridiculously inadequate. Clearly, they brought the world to this catastrophic place. Larger cars, every individual on the road in an auto, over-sized heated homes, all brought us this disaster. The free market has brought a highly accelerated disparity of wealth even in this country, but that is another problem. Most Bible readers should be choked with anger at the bold-faced criminal and immoral neglect of both climate change and wealth distribution problems.Michael L. VogelsangIt’s not workingIt has been roughly six weeks since the San Antonio City Council unanimously adopted a six-month pilot program regulating the companies that own the dockless vehicles and the people who use them. This so-called “soft touch” approach used in writing this ordinance has been a miserable failure, in my opinion. While the rules appear simple on paper, the majority of the riders have no idea what the rules are and if they do, choose not to follow them. Mayor Ron Nirenberg said “this is kind of a big deal” and that he was “excited about the fact that we demonstrated here in San Antonio that we can accommodate a brand new technology for which there is no regulatory scheme.” Has Mayor Nirenberg tried to enjoy a leisurely walk around downtown lately? Last Saturday evening, as we were trying to enjoy the Christmas lights, we spent more time dodging scooters, riding two or three abreast on the sidewalks as well as on the Riverwalk. I observed children on scooters. More than one rider, sometimes as many as three on one scooter. Scooter riders were not yielding to pedestrians and scooters where being dropped anywhere the rider decided when they were done with the vehicle. Scooter riders are not following the “rules of the road” at all. I saw no attempt at regulation by law enforcement last Saturday evening or any other time for that matter. These scooters have ruined our city, especially our downtown area. The City Council and Mayor Nirenberg need to go back to the drawing board.Gretchen Mayes

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