LETTERS: Kavanaugh job interview; Climate change

More than a job interview

It’s getting so we can set our clocks to the next time we get another ranting, blathering, factless letter from Jake Longoria. Jake should channel his writing to fiction full-time for he has a vivid imagination. What hidden netherworld did he pull out his ‘paid protesters at the elevator’ allegation? Wait! It came from his god, Donald Trump. Yes, in god Trump we have a real source for truth, justice and the American way — that is if you like yours served up on a red cap.

What people like Jake refuse to see is that Kavanaugh was the GOP fighting to retain control of government. The GOP can see the writing on the wall politically and one way to continue controlling is putting staunch (even jaded) conservatives on the Supreme Court. The GOP work with Trump because they get what they want — control — and Trump gets his boy, that will insulate him from the justice system. They all win. We lose. America loses.

Kavanaugh’s hearing was much more than a job interview. The appointment for life is to a group of nine whose decisions affect over 300 million in their everyday lives. Over 2,000 law professors including two dozen from Yale opposed Kavanaugh as did a retired Supreme Court Judge John Paul Stevens.

Kavanaugh exemplified a vindictive, abrasive, out of control man during the hearing. He showed his true colors. He showed his biases, prejudice and lack of fitness for the office. He threatened democracy when he snarled, “What goes around comes around.”

The whole process was jaded by secrecy in failing to disclose all of Kavanaugh’s writings and limited FBI investigation of credible information. I can appreciate Dr. Blasey Ford forgetting facts that had no bearing on the assault narrative. She knew she had been violated and by whom.

Felipe Garcia Jr., Edinburg

Something to think about at the supermarket

Right on the heels of utter devastation wrought by Hurricanes Florence and Michael, comes an alarming report in the prestigious journal, Nature, that mitigation of global climate change will require a massive switch to plant-based eating.

The report concludes that global warming threatens the world’s very food supply, in addition to generating scorching heat, raging wildfires, devastating hurricanes, massive flooding, and rising sea levels. It was compiled by an international panel of 23 climate experts and follows the latest warning about rising temperatures by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

A 2010 United Nations report blamed animal agriculture for 19 percent of greenhouse gas emissions, 70 percent of freshwater use, and 38 percent of land use. Carbon dioxide is emitted by burning forests to create animal pastures and by operating factory farms. The more damaging methane and nitrous oxide are released from digestive tracts of cattle and from animal waste cesspools, respectively.

In an environmentally sustainable world, just as we replace fossil fuels by wind, solar and other pollution-free energy sources, we must also replace meat and dairy products in our diet by vegetables, fruits and grains.

Our next supermarket visit offers a superb opportunity to get started.

Bill Motter, McAllen

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