Letters to the editor: Readers speak out on the issue
Wide wall won’t work
National emergency, eh? Gotta keep out the bad hombres. Don’t we have enough trouble here with good hombres — Catholic clergy molesting children, Baptists, too — with offenders being concealed? The Michigan U. sports doctor abusing gymnasts. The Baylor football team.
Drugs? We just convicted “El Chapo,” head of the Sinaloa Cartel. Now it’s the Sackler family, and Perdue Pharm. Supposedly they lobbied, gifted doctors to overprescribe Oxycontin, oversold it, lied about its addiction potential. Two million doses were prescribed for a West Virginia town, population 2,900. Recently a shipment of 247 pounds of fentanyl was intercepted — at a border crossing — not out in the Sonora Desert.
But migrants! Some years ago a trailer was found sitting in a Victoria Wal-Mart parking lot. Inside were 78 dead migrants. It had passed through a checkpoint. Invasion! Hundreds pouring across — to surrender! Not exactly D-Day.
The Wall. Eighteen feet! My rooftop is higher than that, and I expect workers to get up there at need. GOP Rep. Will Hurd, whose district abuts the border, has been advocating a fiber-optic sensor cable. It works. It’s less expensive. It’s ready.
The wall is a third-millennium pyramid. Let’s end Trump’s ego trip.
Thomas C. Watson, Bridge City
We need greener future
The New Green Deal has already collapsed which is good, as it was just a propaganda term stolen from the old FDR-New Deal, that was also failed propaganda as well. So far the only thing in the New Green Deal was a carbon tax or an extinction tax.
But the green sustainable economy is not propaganda, it is the only future we have, if we are not already too late to have a future. Sooner or later Chicken Little will be proved right. Our actions or inactions, our beliefs or disbeliefs and our luck will determine the veracity of Chicken Little or Chicken Big.
Many of the solutions we desperately need are here now or are very near. They are being ignored or suppressed in the belief that they are a threat to the status quo, which they are but the status quo is the real threat to the whole planet and our existence on it. In corporate economic mindlessness, this quarter’s profit is more important than risking the survival of the world as we know it.
The science that has given us our modern world has brought with it our multiple problems. Science is responsible for engineering, electricity and electronics, the transportation systems, IT and your cell phone. But when a truck driver calls a waitress on his cell phone, he just can’t believe in global warming, or climate change or these Chicken Little climate scientists. Well, you can bet the “expletive” sky is falling.
Invention, innovation and entrepreneurial acumen are all we have to pull up from this rapidly descending spiral. We had better improvise some wings quickly.
“If you want to change things, don’t confront reality head on. Create a new model that makes the old model obsolete.” Buckminster Fuller, futurist, inventor.
Hal J. Ridley Jr., Bridge City