Letters to the editor, April 25

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Emotional buttons

I applaud Eric Mach’s [DRC, April 4] attempt to use what he feels are legitimate, credentialed claims by those who still insist that global warming is a hoax. Rather than expressing his opinions based on emotion and ideology instead of science and facts, he seems willing to step into that unfamiliar domain.

But the kudos stop as soon as we see that he, like most other climate deniers, uses debunked arguments and discredited people to support a view refuted by 97 percent of the climate science community.

To the few remaining 3 percent that actually have a Ph.D. behind their name and have specialized in the climate sciences, none have published any peer-reviewed papers to support their claims and most are being funded by oil and coal companies.

For those millions like Mr. Mach who try to impress us with their copy and paste wisdom from other denier sites, I suspect their motives have little to do with getting the science right but are more devoted to the ideological claims of right-wing talking heads alleging climate change and man’s effect on global warming is some liberal conspiracy headed up by Al Gore. An absurd claim without any basis whatsoever.

Such knee-jerk reactions by those who allow others to push their emotional buttons only slows the process necessary to reduce our carbon footprint before it reaches a point of no return and leaves our children with a damaged world of little food resources, flooded habitats and serious health and security threats.

Larry Beck,



Schaake for mayor

I know that Jean Schaake will be a great mayor for Denton. This confidence is the result of having known Jean for 30 years. I have worked with Jean on a number of committees at UNT, and admire her ability to get jobs done efficiently, with an open, inclusive style.

I saw the same traits in her lengthy service on the school board, during the years that our sons received such an outstanding education in Denton’s schools. Jean’s energy, her people skills and her vision are just what Denton needs during this exciting period of growth and change.

Reid Ferring,



Ashtray excuse

Jeers to the woman in the blue four-door car who emptied her overflowing car ashtray onto the street at University Drive and Loop 288 while she was stopped at the red light.

I got out of my car and confronted her. Her excuse was, “Well, everyone else does it.” Where was her civic pride? Keep your butts in the car.

Brian Bentley,



Watts for mayor

The city of Denton is one of the four partner cities in the Texas Municipal Power Agency. TMPA owns and manages the Gibbons Creek Power Plant outside Bryan-College Station that provides up to 40 percent of the total electricity used by the residents and businesses of the city of Denton.

Each partner city has representation on the TMPA board of directors. The Denton City Council’s designated representative is Chris Watts. Chris has served on the board since 2009 and was elected president in 2012. Evidence of his leadership qualities is the fact that he was re-elected president in 2013.

During his tenure, TMPA has hired a new general manager, reduced operating costs by $20 million, which includes a $4 million reduction in the fuel transportation cost. Chris was an integral part of the negotiation team that secured the reduction from BNSF railroad.

Currently, through Chris’ leadership, the board is developing a legislative agenda designed to increase the operational and management flexibility of the plant in order to maintain low electric rates for the residents of Denton.

This is the proven leadership we need in the mayor of Denton. Additionally, Chris is uniquely qualified through his experience as a business owner, lawyer and City Council representative for six years to bring the experience and leadership necessary to move Denton forward.

I urge you to join me in voting for Chris Watts for mayor of Denton.

Dick Smith,


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