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Letters to the editor, March 28

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Let's be a role model

Friends, gas wells are expensive to remediate. They cause irreparable harm to our children and to our land. They obliterate America's public health. They threaten and actively harm America's national security. They show disrespect to America's military.

Let's be leaders instead of victims. It's time to move Denton to 100 percent clean, renewable energy. Same goes for Texas and America.

Wind, water, solar, tidal. No natural gas. No nuclear. The two are old fashioned and cause unneeded, irreparable harm. Twenty American cities spanning 11 states, plus over 80 corporations, are already there.

All told, more than 701 institutions across the world valued at $5.5 trillion are cheering us on. Let's work to clean up Denton's air and water. Let's become a city that sells 100 percent clean, renewable energy to the rest of Texas and America. This means good jobs and a good economy. Let's be a role model for the rest of the world to follow.

Janice Heidlberger,

Travel actions

President Trump in January issued a 90-day travel ban for people traveling from seven Muslim-majority countries. Within 48 hours, federal judges in Massachusetts and New York issued restraining orders against the ban.

In March, the White House revised the ban only to see another injunction issued by federal judges in Hawaii and Maryland.

This week, the administration issued a ban against certain electronic devices for direct flights originating out of 10 Muslim-majority countries. Passengers may not transport cameras, tablets, gaming devices or laptops in the airplane's cabin.

If the ban is left to stand by the courts, Americans can sleep secure at night knowing that would-be terrorists, flying into the country, must now transport their electronic devices in a suitcase.

Joe Tims,

Balanced viewpoints

I enjoyed reading and appreciated your column "Let me say this about that" in last Sunday's issue of the Denton Record-Chronicle.

As a longtime subscriber to my local newspaper, it troubles me to see that this newspaper (as well as most if not all such publications) is struggling to stay afloat financially as competition from online news sources increases. Perhaps it's an age-related preference, but I would greatly miss not receiving my daily hard-copy newspaper.

I have always felt that the Record-Chronicle did a pretty good job presenting a balanced view of issues by publishing things written by people with contrasting views of issues.

People on both sides of whatever issue is in the news are often upset about the presentation. That's an uncomfortable position to be in, but unavoidable, in my opinion, if balance in reporting is to be achieved.

So in conclusion -- thanks for your editorial. And thanks for presenting balanced viewpoints, and keep up the good work.

Coy Hoggard,

Insulting caption

I was very disappointed in the caption to a picture in the March 22 DRC: "Spreading love to UNT staff." The picture showed a woman doing a hula move. Perhaps to fill out the caption, the writer added: "Hula is an old Polynesian dance form that requires little skill, mainly an ability to wiggle your hips and enjoy music from a ukelele."

This is absolutely incorrect.

Hula is an ancient dance form specific to Hawaii that requires years of instruction in a halau (hula school) to perform properly. It also requires tremendous core and leg strength as it is done always with bent knees and sometimes in a sitting position.

Also, there are many different arm, foot and hip moves to learn (wiggle is not one of them). Finally, traditional hula is usually performed to chants and drums, not ukeleles. I know this because I have taken hula lessons from a well-trained native Hawaiian dancer.

The caption was insulting to practitioners of hula and to the arts community as a whole.

June Skinner,

Good people

I am pushing 69 and I drive an older Mustang that had an alternator casualty, leaving me stranded on one of the city streets waiting for a tow truck for quite a long time.

During that time, while I was on the side of the road, something really special happened.

One person after another stopped and asked if I needed help. I kept telling them I had help coming, but it was the gesture that meant so much.

Two Hispanic guys who worked in a restaurant nearby came over and pushed me off the road into a bank parking lot nearby to get me out of traffic. Then one of them brought me a bottle of water.

Then, a young lady came by with a large cup of ice water she actually paid for. Who knew in this day and age that so many people could be so nice to an old guy stranded on the side of the road?

Thank you to everyone who stopped and offered to help. You made this difficult experience into something that renewed my faith in my neighbors.

I can't adequately express how profound an effect your generous offers of help have had on me.

You confirm my faith in how good we are as a people, as Texans, (including recent immigrants) and as neighbors.

Oh, by the way, the car has a new alternator and all is well.

Dan Benson, 

Hickory Creek