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Letters to the editor, July 22

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Worth a try

If DME and Denton are serious about alternative energy, then an ordinance requiring new businesses to provide all or a significant portion of their energy needs from alternative sources -- say at least 50 percent -- should be enacted.

Of course, we might then expect the state of Texas to step in to tell us we cannot do that, but it is worth a try.

Failing that, such consideration should weigh heavily in approving new businesses by the city.

John Zeigler, Denton

Rein in Wall Street

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is the first line of defense against financial scams for our service members and veterans.

Disappointingly, Congressman Michael Burgess voted for the "Wrong Choice Act" (H.R. 10), which dismantles the watchdog. It is up to Senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz to stop these attacks.

H.R. 10 stops the CFPB from taking action against large banks and other companies like payday lenders.

The CFPB has taken over 100 legal actions, returning $12 billion to over 29 million customers. Twelve of those actions were targeted at abuses of service members and veterans.

The bill also voids a new protection the CFPB issued just this week. Thanks to the agency, banks will no longer be able to include fine print in agreements that deny service members and other customers their rights to join class-action lawsuits.

The fact that Congressman Burgess didn't oppose the bill for its harm to our military shows how bad it is for all consumers.

If enough Texans contact Congress, we can make sure the CFPB continues to rein in Wall Street for our military members and the rest of us, too.

Jaleessa McCoy,  Austin