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RECEIVED Fri., May 13, 2022

Dear Bob Hendricks and Mark Warren,
    I very much agree with your editorial that dependence of fossil fuels must be stopped if we are to survive global warming. [“Wake-Up Calls for Our Fossil Fuel Addiction,” Opinion, May 13] This will include major changes in consumption of plastics and disposable goods.
    However, I disagree with your assumption that all nations who don’t condemn Russia are addicted to its oil and gas. Some countries are justifying their position on principle, blaming the U.S. for provoking Russia by pushing NATO up to Russia’s doorstep and encroaching on Russia’s security. Some country’s cite the U.S.’s past failures to respect human rights and national autonomy, such as the invasion of Iraq. Some countries believe the U.S. is escalating the war by arming Ukraine and by the U.S.’s fierce opposition to diplomacy.
    The U.S., rather than promoting fossil-free energy domestically, wants to perpetuate global dependence on its supply, rather than allowing Russia to sell its oil and gas. Counter to the insane barrage of propaganda, our presence in Ukraine is about maintaining our global economic dominance. It’s about our oil and gas profits – again – as most U.S. wars are.
Fancy Fairchild

Open to the Classics

RECEIVED Thu., May 12, 2022

Dear Editor,
    I see all kinds of promotional stories about the musical events in Austin, but I never hear about the marvelous classical performances we have in this city. They are a well-kept secret and it is a shame.
    This weekend the TEMP (Texas Early Music Project) is performing two concerts. Do you have anything to say about that?
    Austin wants to be the music capital of the world but ignores the very roots of all our music. There are some really great performances that never see the papers.
    Unfortunately, these awesome artists do not have the heavy cash to buy publicity, and so they are only known to a select few.
    Maybe the Chronicle should open their minds and columns to the classics.
Saundra Ragona
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