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State of Denial

RECEIVED Tue., May 26, 2015

Dear Editor,
    Texas is a state that refuses to prepare for climate change [“Flood of Memories,” News, May 25]. We’d rather mobilize against a real threat – the U.S. military, made up of the men and women whose sacrifices we celebrate on Memorial Day. While our Governor Abbott won’t listen to those crazy climate scientists, he will cater to conspiracy theorists, whose paranoia envisioned Operation Jade Helm as an exercise in tyrannical shenanigans.
    Texas Congressman Lamar Smith recently took bold action on climate change – by writing an editorial for The Wall Street Journal, voicing his concern about the new “climate-change religion.” I agree, Mr. Smith – let’s not listen to religious fanatics. If Texas can keep questioning Charles Darwin’s crackpot theory published in 1859, surely we can deny this newfangled religious idea that man affects climate.
    Weather and climate are not the same thing, of course, but I think the people of Texas are starting to get it, even if our politicians don’t: Texas weather is becoming more and more extreme, and there are larger, scientifically demonstrated forces at work that explain it. We’ve reached the point where we’re grateful for a flood to end a crippling drought. This is our new normal – this is climate change – and we can’t afford to keep electing the same crazy.
Christopher Keimling

Review Nomination

RECEIVED Sat., May 23, 2015

Dear Editor,
    I am writing about the 2014-2015 Austin Critics Table Nominations [“Art Par Excellence,” Arts & Culture, May 20]. After reading your list of nominees, I have to say I was a little surprised to see William Earl Ray nominated for All the Way. Though Mr. Ray is an excellent actor and delivered a fine performance, he only had two fairly minor roles in the production. I also noticed that Delanté Keys was not nominated for his performance as David Dennis in All the Way. I have to say, for me, he made the show. His scene as David Dennis where he interrupts a funeral to deliver a heart-wrenching speech about not wanting to see any more black children killed was one of the most moving scenes I have ever witnessed onstage. It pushed me and many others in the audience to indeed stand up as he commanded. I have never been so engaged in a performance. After discussing the show with several others, we all agreed that this scene truly brought the play to the modern day. I am writing to see if there was a chance that a mistake was made. Is there any way there was a mix-up and William Earl Ray was nominated instead of Delanté Keys? I would hate to see someone's outstanding work go unnoticed – or worse, for accolades to be placed on the wrong performance. I would really appreciate it if this nomination could be reviewed.
    Thank you for your time and for your service to the Austin art community.
Kayleigh Axtell

Clarification Needed

RECEIVED Fri., May 22, 2015

Dear Editor,
    I always enjoy "This Modern World” by Tom Tomorrow and its great satirical voice. Last week's cartoon [Comics, May 22], though, needs some clarification. In it, the disembodied "intelligence" is advising Bush about WMDs in Iraq and the need to invade.
    This concept that Bush acted on the best intelligence available, but the intelligence got it wrong, is false. That's not what happened.
    A few examples: Bush/Cheney told us there were reports of meetings between higher-ups of Iraq and al-Qaida, but didn't tell us that the CIA did not believe the reports were true. They told us Iraq attempted to buy uranium in Niger, but the CIA did not believe that was true. They implied the aluminum tubes were for refining uranium for a bomb, when analysts at the Dept. of Energy had told them the tubes could not possibly be used for that.
    There were many such instances of Bush/Cheney misleading, distorting, and concocting a threat that had not been found by the CIA and other intelligence analysts. This is all reported in detail in the book Hubris by Michael Isikoff and David Corn. It's difficult to accept, but it is important that we all understand that, yes, the Bush administration really did purposely mislead us all in order to get their war to topple Saddam Hussein.
John Silberberg
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