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Tuesday, May 21, 2013
When sirens sound, think of responders
Most people never think of our police officers and firefighters and the sacrifices they make for us. There is a lot of stress for the families of these men and women who so bravely serve us.
When you see a police officer or firefighter or hear their sirens go off, thank God for them. They do their duty so bravely and courageously.
I appreciate them. Thank God for them.
RUBY C. McCULLEY
Butterflies and killer prices
The Roanoke Times reports that “prominent figures” are, once again, in a tizzy over how to sustainably fund arts and culture programs (“Panel tackles role of arts in the region,” May 9 news story).
Now maybe those figures can explain how the Science Museum recently disclosing that it plans to charge a non-museum member family of four $52 every time it wants to visit the museum and its big-budget butterfly garden is a step toward sustainability. (“Visitors and volunteers will have to work together to keep the butterfly garden intact,” May 17 news story).
Another Taubman Museum in the making?
Right energy goals, but wrong solution
David Banks voiced his preference for goals we can all agree on: affordable, reliable and secure power that also provides us with a livable environment (“Coal is more than yesterday’s fuel,” May 16 commentary). However, his prescriptions are way off base.
Projected additional energy demand can be met through efficiency, the cheapest form of electricity, and policy changes evaluated by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy could save consumers $1.4 trillion in 2030.
By 2018, rooftop solar will produce electricity cheaper than our utility can. The sun is free. It isn’t mined, shipped and burned, and it is produced on-site, without miles of wires from the central plant.
Fossil electricity has inflicted substantial unpaid health and environmental damages. Toxins from coal-fired plants account for 80 percent of the mercury found in fish we can no longer eat.
Released particulates keep Richmond in the running for the city with the worse asthma rate in the country, and the rise in sea levels created by climate change is flooding unheard-of places, like New York’s subway.
Saudi Arabia is investing $100 billion building desert solar. Our Department of Energy is helping design its plans. Let’s follow the kingdom’s example and build renewable power here.
Younger voters aren’t paying attention
Re: Keith Carver’s May 20 letter, “They don’t know? That’s a problem”:
The important question — “Why didn’t you know?” — is not to our representatives and their appointees. Carver and I, who are among the few who think we should pay attention to whom we elect, need to look around.
This weekend, I had occasion to talk with several young people, 20 to 35. Without bringing up politics, none even knew where Benghazi was, much less what might have happened there; what the Internal Revenue Service did; or what an Associated Press phone records seizure was about, or even why they should pay attention to such stuff.
One didn’t even know what an IRS is.
But they vote. Why didn’t they know? Simple, such information wasn’t sufficiently entertaining.
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