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Letters to the Editor — Kim Kardashian, being informed, farmed animals, Texas energy

Kardashian paid, unlike Paxton

I just learned that, like Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, Kim Kardashian was accused of violating the law by failing to inform investors that she had been paid to give investment advice by a company offering an investment. Unlike Paxton, Kardashian did not use every excuse possible to avoid her day in court for more than five years. Also unlike Paxton, she accepted the judge’s ruling, did not accuse the judge of conducting a witch hunt and paid her fine of $1.25 million.

Based on Paxton’s actions, I will not consider voting for him for any public office. The Texas attorney general should be a person who respects the courts and the law.

Kenneth Mathias, Grand Prairie

Thinking of sons and daughters

One morning, I took a long walk around my neighborhood and noticed all the political signs for Republican candidates and I had to wonder if those were homes of families who had daughters. Were those families OK with voting for candidates who were in charge of their daughters’ reproductive rights?

Maybe those families don’t have daughters, maybe they have sons. Have they talked to their sons about the state of Texas deciding when they will be fathers? Have they talked to their sons about the possibility of serving jail time for supporting their girlfriend or wife if they decide to have an abortion?

Pay attention, neighbors, the current Republican candidates running for office are controlling your children’s right to determine their future

Betsy Crawford, University Park

Voters responsible for leaders

President James Garfield spoke the following words in 1877: “Now more than ever the people are responsible for the character of their Congress. If that body be ignorant, reckless and corrupt, it is because the people tolerated ignorance, recklessness and corruption.”

These words may be even more true today in our country. Our democracy is fragile. Please vote in the November election — if not for yourself, for your children and grandchildren.

Richard Charter, McKinney

Let teachers teach

The teaching profession is suffering with many problems, including loss of quality teaching time during the pandemic, poor working conditions, terribly low salaries, inadequate retirement benefits and the lack of appreciation for education among too many citizens. But these are not the most important issues.

To jump-start a revival of quality education, the Texas Legislature should fix past sins and loudly announce that educators are free to teach real history, real science and thought-provoking literature.

Nesha Morey, Arlington

World Day for Farmed Animals

I just learned about World Day for Farmed Animals, which was Sunday (Mohandas Gandhi’s birth date). It has been around since 1983 and is meant to recognize the billions of animals abused and killed for food each year.

Like many, I always considered farm animals only as a source of food. But, after recently watching the documentary Speciesism, I realized that farm animals are much like our family pets, deserving of love and respect.

I’ve learned that farm animals get neither on today’s factory farms. Hens are crowded in small wire cages that tear out their feathers. Breeding pigs spend their lives pregnant in metal cages. Calves are snatched from their mothers upon birth, so we can drink their milk.

The cruelty of factory farming drove me to replace animal products in my diet with plant-based meat and dairy items. I have since learned that my cruelty-free diet is also great for my health and for the health of our planet.

Dugan Elliott, Dallas

Compensate homeowners for solar

The Texas power grid came close to failure during the hot summer of 2022. Texans were asked to conserve electricity during the hottest days. Texas homeowners who had solar panels on their homes were instrumental in helping save the grid as they used less energy and even sent excess solar power to the grid.

Yet, Texas electric providers do not seem to have any plan to reward homeowners for solar production. Most electric suppliers’ plans actually seem to take any excess production from the homeowner for their own use (or the grid use).

This does not seem fair to me, nor does it seem that the electric providers are encouraging homeowners to install solar panels to help save the power grid. Oncor does encourage homeowners to install panels, but it doesn’t encourage suppliers to compensate homeowners fairly for their production.

One energy company used to have a fair dollar for dollar plan, but it has changed the plan to compensate only for the power that a homeowner draws from the grid during hours of darkness or cloudy days. This seems like theft of the homeowners excess solar production. And other electric suppliers seem to use similar plans that don’t fairly compensate.

Wayne Vale, Lewisville

California’s plan worked

This summer in California has been anything but normal. Temperatures of 118 degrees in Sacramento; 126 in Death Valley; 114 in Los Angeles County. But in spite of a record load on the electrical system statewide for two straight weeks, the lights stayed on. Why? Because California invested in massive solar panels and warehouse-size batteries in locations up and down the state. The batteries stored and delivered more energy every day during the weather crisis than the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant.

At peak, the batteries provided 3,360 megawatts, and averaged 2,000 MW for three hours on Sept. 4 from 5:45 to 8:45 p.m., when the grid was in the greatest danger of failing. ERCOT needs to follow California’s lead, if Gov. Greg Abbott will let it.

John Gallogly, Los Angeles

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