Climate change a security risk

Fifty-eight former U.S. national security leaders, including 35 admirals and generals, sent a letter on climate change to President Donald Trump. This extraordinary letter states: “Climate change is real, it is happening now, it is driven by humans, and it is accelerating.”

These senior military and national security leaders also assert that “climate change is a direct threat to the national security of the United States,” and that addressing it should be seen “as a threat reduction issue, not a political one.”

More than 3,500 economists, including 27 Nobel Prize winners and top economic advisers to presidents of both parties, have endorsed a plan to fight climate change. Their “Economists’ Statement on Carbon Dividends” advocates putting a steadily rising price on carbon dioxide emissions and returning the money to the American people.

This statement concludes that the price signal will encourage technological innovation and steer our economy toward a low-carbon future. Returning the revenue to households will shield consumers from rising energy prices, and “the majority of American families, including the most vulnerable, will benefit financially.” A border carbon adjustment would protect U.S. competitiveness and encourage other nations to adopt their own carbon pricing systems.

A bipartisan bill embracing these principles has been introduced in the House of Representatives — the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act.

Let’s thank Reps. Veronica Escobar, D-Texas, Hank Johnson, D-Ga., Francis Rooney, R-Fla., and their colleagues for sponsoring this bill and urge other members of Congress to support their courageous action.

Terry Hansen, Hales Corners, Wis.


Messy Texas

“Don’t Mess With Texas” — what a joke! My wife and I moved here about nine months ago to be near family and we have never seen so much trash along the road, in vacant fields, and even front yards than we have here.

I ride my bike 10 miles each day along State Highway 107 for exercise and there is junk everywhere. From dead dogs and cats to household debris to construction material to the ever-present pop and beer cans and bottles.

In the nine months here I have had close to a dozen flat tires on my bike from pieces of glass, nails and other debris. I have not had that many flats in my whole previous 68 years!

I have been behind pickups only to see paper and Styrofoam — sometimes whole bags of garbage — fly out from their bed. Pickup drivers—secure your loads!

I have also found screwdrivers, wrenches and chain along the side of the road. Construction and other material drivers — secure your tools! Can you imagine what would happen to a bicyclist if a screwdriver hit him or her from a truck moving at 60 mph?

Texans seem so proud to be born and raised in the Lone Star State but they treat it like a garbage dump!

Gerard Pahl, Edinburg


Sex ed needed

Every young person in Texas has the right to realize how to remain healthy and safe. Extensive sex education engages youth by showing them relational skills, consent, regard and self-rule, while additionally transferring basically imperative data about pregnancy prevention and sexually transmitted infections.

As a former college understudy and a young individual, I realize that it is so essential to empower students and give them the instruments to settle on healthy choices.

I didn’t find out about more secure sex practices at home or at school; I relied upon data passed down to me by companions and their siblings. This absence of data left me defenseless, and in danger.

Discussions about sex and sexuality are frequently wrapped in disgrace and shame, keeping parents from driving these essential discourses. Schools are a protected, impartial ground to spread proof-based and comprehensive sex education.

A generous number of instances of HIV infection and AIDS are accounted for without a recognized risk factor, hence numerous ascriptions are utilized to dole out a risk factor for these cases utilizing a calculation given by the Centers to Disease Control and Prevention.

Deidra Hernandez, Weslaco

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