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The article about Sweetheart of the Rodeo
by Tim Stegall on November 9 was so very snarky ["One-Hundred Years From Now
," Music]. Much of the snarkiness seemed to come from the musicians interviewed – I've not thought much about this kind of journalism and whether the writer should try to temper the comments of those interviewed, so maybe it was unavoidable. But especially, the remarks about Gram Parsons were so hostile. And passive-aggressive. "I loved the man, but he had problems." That's so ugly!
Paulette H. Delahoussaye
This woman [Chief Administrative Law Judge Lesli Ginn] should not be in charge of anything. She is being paid to make sure the ALJs follow her unwritten policy: Do not rule against a state agency or you are out. ["Down the Brain Drain
," News, Nov. 23.]
Citizens, wake up; this could be you next. Going to court, spending a lot of money on [an] attorney, getting all hopeful, and rehearsing what you are going to say, and getting stressed out. When the verdict is in before you even go to court. THIS IS NOT DUE PROCESS!
WTH is this country coming to. Stop the corruption; you should all be furious this happened to another ALJ who heard the evidence and decided that this doctor was railroaded. So she fires him. Stop the corruption and get rid of this sociopath!
Regarding Point Austin: A More Urgent Warning
[News, Nov. 30], according to many pre-election polls, climate change is way down the list of voter concerns and therefore few candidates on either side took a position on the issue. Since the release of the National Climate Assessment, the media has elevated the issue. If news sources keep climate change on the front page and if individuals speak out, Congress will start paying attention.
Just last week, a bill to fight climate change was introduced in Congress, sponsored by three Democrats and three Republicans. The Energy Innovation & Carbon Dividend Act (EIAC) is the first bipartisan climate bill in a decade. Whether or not you like every aspect of this bill, let your representatives know that you support national climate change legislation. Get involved with Citizens’ Climate Lobby or one of the other groups on the right and the left that advocate for similar legislation. Just as the Grand Canyon was created drop by drop, every phone call helps to change the political will for climate change legislation; signing up at ProjectGrandCanyon.com makes those phone calls easy and effective.
Ironically, starting everyday conversations about climate change – at work, at home, at the pub – is harder than calling Congress! It’s daunting, even for some of the most committed climate activists, but necessary. (Google “talking about climate change” for help.)
The EIAC will go nowhere in this Congress, but it and similar bills will be introduced again until finally the U.S. does its part to mitigate the profound impacts of climate change. But it will only happen if we all keep the conversation going. Thank you, Michael King, for your heartfelt piece.