In response to “Hypocrisy on the environment” (Nov. 18 Our View):
Renewables could offer same economic benefits as pipeline
While the Observer cites State Department reports that conclude the Keystone XL pipeline would have “minimal if any negative impact on the environment,” these reports are disputed by other studies that show the refining of tar sands delivered by the pipeline will significantly worsen carbon pollution and be disastrous for our climate.
We can achieve the economic benefits and jobs that the pipeline might offer through energy efficiency and the creation of jobs in renewable solar and wind energy.
Don’t pipe crude across the U.S., build a refinery at border
Will someone please explain why a refinery cannot be built on the U.S. side of the Canadian border instead of piping crude all the way across the country?
Jobs would still be created, including long-term to operate the facility.
It seems like distribution to the upper half of the country would be shorter, rather than having all distribution coming from one hurricane-prone region.
In response to “Plan would link more trash to higher bill” (Nov. 18):
Plan makes trash collection unnecessarily complicated
Rube Goldberg, in his heyday, could never have put together a more convoluted system for garbage collection.
Special bags to be purchased, cameras in the back of garbage trucks, bills mailed to transgressors, and fines for taxpayers who are late or refuse to pay.
This is a cash-eating fiasco waiting to happen.
Our recycling program is highly successful already, resulting in significant reductions in landfill usage. City Council, pull back and allow reason to prevail, for a change.
New system could work, but skip the special trash bags
This is a good idea, assuming the right method is adopted.
Requiring residents to buy special garbage bags just adds another layer to the trash pile.
Paying according to the size of your trash container is a much better option.
‘Pay as you throw’ leaves too much room for cheating
I see potential for cheating with “pay as you throw.”
For instance, what is to keep someone from putting their garbage bags in my container late at night while I am asleep? Or in a business’ dumpster?
This plan could also encourage people to burn garbage in their fireplaces, creating more air pollution.
More careful thought must be given to this subject.
Don’t change immigration laws, just start enforcing them
We have a problem with illegal immigrants for one reason: Greedy Americans hire them.
The only thing wrong with U.S. immigration policy is that it isn’t enforced.
The solution is not at our borders, it’s in the workplace. As long as there are jobs, there is not a fence made that will keep illegal immigrants out.
When it’s clear to the world that illegal immigrants cannot work here they will not take the dangerous risk of coming here.
In response to “DOT eyes U.S. 74 for toll lanes” (Nov. 17):
We already pay road taxes, shouldn’t have to pay tolls too
Public roads are supposed to be built and maintained for the use of everyone – not just those who can pay an additional “toll” to travel at 45 mph.
Road maintenance in a state is one of those things we ask the state to manage. So figure out what we need to have safe, uncongested roads and then set a budget to deliver those. Use the taxes we pay to implement them.
In response to “It would be nice if we could just shut up and listen” (Nov. 16 For the Record):
Guy’s profane language, not his music, lingered in my mind
Although I was not at Knight Theater for Buddy Guy’s concert, I did hear him play at a Kure Beach festival in October 2013.
The festival show was punctuated throughout with the same phrase Jay Ahuja makes reference to and the crowd was not overly rowdy or disrespectful while Guy was on stage. I just think this is now part of his show and he seemed to use the phrase as much for its shock value as anything else.
I know I left thinking about his use of that phrase more than the wonderful music I had heard him play. That’s a shame.