What does secession look like now?
Many Texans are very critical of the federal government. Hopefully they noticed Gov. Greg Abbott hasn’t offered a dime to people in need of temporary housing and low cost loans to repair water damaged homes. It was the debased authorities who mobilized to offer aid to the besieged Texans. Do you still want to secede?
Valérie Nebel, Weslaco
Socialism for business
Governor Greg Abbott has suggested that the Texas legislature should “step up and fund” the weathering of the state’s electrical infrastructure. Let me clear it up: The governor of Texas wants the people of Texas to give free money to unregulated private companies so they can upgrade their equipment without having to hurt their bottom line. There is a word for it: socialism. I thought the Republicans were against socialism – unless it was for the rich and powerful corporations, I guess.
Sam R. Hamburg, Chicago
Who even needs the federal government?
Well done, Texas! Aced this one! Come on, brothers in secession! We don’t need stinky regulations! No federal government and its sharp-headed liberal electricity grids. Let’s go. We don’t need military money, or the Internal Revenue Service, or interstate highways, or the post office. We have that.
We don’t need a smelly federal emergency management agency or … well, maybe we could take FEMA – just one more time.
Chuck Mandernach, Dallas / Lake Highlands
Overlapping chess in Texas
In the past month, I returned to work after maternity leave with no PTO built up. I quarantined myself for 10 days after my baby’s daycare teacher contracted COVID-19 and evacuated my home at 46 degrees while suffering power outages. I am fortunate to be employed, healthy and warm. I am outraged by these overlapping system failures.
Texas is disproportionately hit by issues that other parts of the country and the world have been successful in solving. What our state lacks in paid time off for working parents, the catastrophic response to COVID and the recent infrastructure collapse all have in common a complete lack of service-oriented leadership.
Although inspiring, individual responses to crises are insufficient. We need leaders who demonstrate the same compassion, dedication and values as the people they represent. Policymakers have put the profits on the welfare of Texans for years, and it is high time to hold them to account.
Katy Nimmons, Dallas East
Thanks for the Opinion column
Re: “Is it ERCOT’s fault?” Not so fast – the competitive Texas electricity market is to blame here, ”by Marcus Pridgeon, Saturday Opinion.
The most compelling opinion piece I’ve read in many years – probably before the last great winter storm of 2011. Thank you.
Allen Mabry, Dallas
Texans Held Captive
What Marcus Pridgeon’s column didn’t say is that the third-party generator operator may receive disproportionate prices for its energy if some of its units are not working for some reason. As the article says, a typical price is $ 50 / megawatt. But the scarcity of resources drives the cost to over $ 2 million / megawatt in just two days. This is typical of supply versus demand.
Because the Texas grid is not easily connected to the rest of the country, the supply cannot be increased by the sun from California or Florida, and other states. The citizens of Texas are therefore held captive by this system which is not designed to help and protect them. Operators who do not want to spend money to create spare capacity receive exorbitant prices when the units they have are not working.
Michael Pumilia, Fort Worth
Vaccinated seniors could indeed help
Re: “Let Immunized Seniors Help”, by Jan Neher, Saturday Letters.
I fully support the idea that vaccinated older people fill the education gap in our school systems. What a brilliant idea from this writer. I hope Dallas ISD would organize this workforce. I would definitely volunteer once vaccinated.
Anil Gokani, North Dallas
Give Democrats a Chance
The Republican Party has given us so much – the worst response of any country in the world to the pandemic, a lot of fake news and conspiracy theories, a lot of fake science, rules on how to use the toilet properly, to trigger riots and evade fraud and, in Texas, successfully cripple the electricity, gas and water of an entire state
I think it’s time to give the Democrats a chance – what do you say about Texas?
Tanda Rasco, Dallas
The government you wanted
Texans, do you want the rest of the country to save you from your latest crisis? Stop voting Republican. Or ask Senator Ted Cruz to “escort” your family out of the country in the event of a disaster.
You have the government you want. Do with it.
Denise Sturdy, Cary, North Carolina
Thank you for giving hope
Thank you, Ruben, for delivering our journal every morning during our recent horrible time! There wasn’t much to look forward to each day during this crisis – water shortages, blackouts, freezing temperatures and a trapped feeling inside (and worse, instant coffee!) . How happy has it been to see my journal come out of the snow every day? It was a strong moment. Ruben, you are a superhero!
Jeanne Skartsiaris, university park
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