Letters to the Editor — Electric Vehicles, Ken Paxton, Judicial Impartiality, Ukraine

Worries about electric vehicles are overblown

When it comes to the adoption of electric vehicles, we have to remember what happens with virtually all new technologies.

Regarding costs, electric vehicles are currently more expensive to buy, but the cost of ownership is lower than that of a gasoline-powered car. No more oil and filter changes, radiator flushes and fills, etc. The cost of electric vehicles will come down as supply chain issues ease and companies introduce lower-cost models.

When it comes to range anxiety, aren’t you checking your gas gauge? Additionally, many will likely have a “petrol” station in their garage — it’s called an electrical outlet.

Regarding electricity, will Texas increase its population, or decrease it? I bet in 20 or 30 years Texas will have more people, not less. This means that power producers will plan for the future, just as they do now. They want to sell more electricity, not less. Networks will need to expand to meet increased demand.

Oh, and don’t forget what we already know to be true thanks to COVID-19, our air could be a whole lot cleaner. Spring 2020 proved it.

Another advantage is that each barrel of non-imported oil is purchased from the Americans. Yes, despite its energy independence, the United States still imports more oil than we export.

Daniel Duham, Frisco

Where is Paxton’s proof?

Re: “High Court Weighs ‘Stay in Mexico’ – Judges Skeptical of Claim Biden Lacks Discretion to Release Migrants in US,” Wednesday news article.

Tell me if I understood correctly. The Attorney General for the State of Texas claims the President of the United States is conspiring with South American drug cartels to hand over migrants to federal agents to scatter them across the country for votes. It is the height of absurdity and irresponsibility of a man truly unfit for his office. Amazing. Defamatory.

The Attorney General describes it as an undemonstrable “tacit agreement”. Prove it, or on reflection, don’t bother proving it, sir. Just disappear for the reputation and good of all Texans. Oh !

Chris Sears, Plano

Individual rights violated

Re: “Vendor Lawsuit Delivered Final Blow – 5th Circuit Officially Ends Legal Challenge After Court Ruling,” Wednesday’s Metro & Business article.

It is abundantly clear that the judicial process and the level of immunity of policymakers and federal courts pose a significant threat to the maintenance of human rights.

It is also evident that some judges use their political views to justify waiving any moral obligation for people’s rights, while lawmakers may use immoral loopholes to hide behind restrictive covenants.

The inability to challenge the constitutionality of a law before it is enforced means that years of coercion on the population, including intentional harm, must ensue before action is even considered.

As a public health student at the University of California, Berkeley and an advocate for health care for underrepresented minorities through the Bhagat Puran Singh Health Initiative, I find the future abuses this process holds quite alarming. .

It is incredibly disheartening to probe the moral standards at play as citizens simply attempt to maintain their bodily autonomy in a “free” country. It is overwhelmingly clear that federal justices (including the Supreme Court) must be held accountable, resign all political affiliations upon induction, and work squarely to secure the rights of people, not the rights of their faith or their convictions.

Kunal Kapoor, Frisco

The United States away

Yes, we are sending heavy artillery to Ukraine. But can’t we do more? Can’t we help Ukraine by facilitating the delivery of these Polish MiG-29 fighter jets?

As Russia strikes Ukraine, committing atrocities after atrocities, we are all daily witnesses to Russian brutality. Yet we are afraid of provoking Russia. It seems like history is repeating itself. England was alone in enduring continuous days and nights of bombardment. While Franklin Roosevelt wanted to help England, public opinion was against it. It took the bombing of Pearl Harbor by Germany’s ally to bring us into the war.

Until recently, the United States was talking about Ukraine’s victory. Now our government is talking about weakening Russia to the point that Russia will no longer invade. Russia is already encroaching on Moldova, a neutral country.

Like in World War II, we stand aside with other countries thinking that the invaders will run out and not launch another invasion elsewhere. I believe Putin has no intention of stopping. He will continue to invade to recreate the old Russian Empire. And what are we going to do then?

Genevieve W. Ratliff, Wichita Falls

Choose peace over war

Wars can end in two ways: a warring party is invaded and surrenders, or there is a negotiated peace agreement. It’s a safe bet that Russia will not capitulate in its war against Ukraine. If the United States wants to save Ukraine from total destruction, it must reassess its current policy of arming Ukraine, sanctioning Russia, and rejecting peace negotiations.

Sanctions, a euphemism for economic warfare, are a brutal instrument of coercion that causes economic distress but fails to change a country’s policies. Iran, Venezuela, North Korea and Iraq under Saddam Hussein are good examples. Specifically, sanctions against Russia will fail because China, India and most developing countries are unlikely to cooperate with US plans to punish Putin.

Before invading Ukraine, President Vladimir Putin presented a list of demands to the West that included halting NATO expansion. The United States showed no interest in discussing Russian security issues at the time, but given the current stakes, it must reconsider its position.

President Joe Biden’s tough talk about Putin’s removal from power, war crimes and genocide has not been helpful. Only prioritizing peace over war has a chance of saving Ukraine from ruin.

Hadi Jawad, Farmers Branch

Executive Director, North Texas Peace Advocates

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