On Sarah Jeong

Dear Editor:

The New York Times is getting some unwanted attention hiring Sarah Jeong as their new tech editor. She has a history of Twitter posts that are to varying degrees anti-white. Many of her thoughts can’t be printed by our trusty Tribune. She uses a few “f-bombs.” One compares white people posting opinions on the Internet to dogs relieving themselves on fire hydrants. She claims she was comparing Trump to Hitler before it was cool. She apparently wants to “cancel white people,” whatever that means. One tweet that I can quote in full is this: “It’s kind of sick how much joy I get out of being cruel to old white men.” Wow, ageism, racism and sexism in one blast. As an older, white man, I am not sure how I should take that. There is no doubt she is an intelligent woman. She is a Harvard Law School graduate and has written for The Atlantic and The Washington Post. Quite a résumé! In her own defense, she essentially feels her Twitter opinions are for personal consumption of her followers who think like her, in on the joke, don’t you know. But, I think she writes what is in her heart. Now, she promises that she will be a good girl and not do it again. She regrets it, yes, but let’s face it, that is only because she has been discovered. The Times is giving her a pass while expressing mild disapproval with an eye to its largely white readership. She will likely keep her job. Still, The Times fired another tech editor, a woman even, Quinn Norton, for insensitive tweets against gays and blacks. Hypocrisy? Yes. Couldn’t they find someone who didn’t harbor anti-white attitudes? Apparently not. But, those are acceptable views in some circles.

Paul Campbell Kingwood

 

Unhappy with Bill

Dear Editor:

We’ve lived in Atascocita since 2004 and have tried to patronize all the area offers as best we can. When we started receiving The Tribune, we read it all and enjoyed it, and looked forward to the next issue. The Letters to the Editor were interesting, etc. We even considered writing at times but often, someone would write about the same thing or it was too frivolous. I don’t remember when Bill Bailey started injecting his thoughts week after week after week. But, because of his continued dissertations, we would pick it up from the yard, go by the trash can and drop it in. Only last week one arrived, someone brought it inside, and later I checked to see if Bill Bailey is still writing letters. I would like to say, I enjoyed a “reunion” with The Tribune, but again, there was a letter even longer than I remembered them ever being. From now on, “My Trash Can Overfloweth!”

Louise Wilson - Atascocita

Editor’s Note: We try to give readers 300 words per issue and Mr. Bailey uses that space frequently. We love all letters and ask all readers to contribute.

 

TELL ME MORE

 

Dear Editor:

I enjoyed your article very much and was disheartened to hear just how much China is “cutting us off” on accepting recyclables. I have been recycling for decades and try to find ways to recycle more (i.e. styrofoam to Westpark Consumer Recycling Center). I had some questions that I have had problems getting answers to and was hoping you could help me.

Recycling plastic, glass, cans – My question is why do they need to be washed? Considering the temperatures involved in melting them down, I would think any organic material would be vaporized. I say this as water is a precious commodity (and more so now with climate change and droughts) and even though it may take little water to clean recyclables, it adds up with millions doing it. Now I know paper is a different issue and any food waste will contaminate the entire load.

I have always wanted to see the process from the bales of recyclables to the final product. Where are the facilities that do this? I have eliminated plastic grocery bags by bringing my own canvas bags but what about the plastic that cheese come in, etc. Can that be recycled and how? Something to mention in any future articles is about straws. I stopped using them for many years but people might not be aware that metal straws are available (i.e. Amazon). Thank you for your time and consideration.

Chet Mohr

Editor’s Note:

Dear Chet,

Thanks for your letter. Regarding why containers need to be washed, it depends on whether the containers are washed at the recycling facility. Any residue can certainly contaminate the whole batch, but containers with residue also get less market value for the seller. We will reach out to FCC to find out what operations they will have in their new facility. Regarding MRF tours, you can contact either Waste Management or FCC to see if they offer tours. Regarding thin film plastics, many places like hardware, grocery and department stores recycle plastic grocery bags. Other thin film plastics like paper towel plastic, dry cleaner bags, plastic newspaper bags, produce and bread wrappers, water case wrappers and food storage bags can be recycled. Lastly, regarding straws, that is a heated topic that has become political. We’ll leave it up to other news outlets to cover that one!

 

WHERE IS DUE PROCESS?

Dear Editor:

In January 1933, Hitler became chancellor of Germany. Einstein (a German Jew) was not then in Germany. He knew that if he returned to Germany, he would be killed, so he immigrated to the U. S., where he spent the rest of his life. Since 2006, Mexico’s drug-cartel violence has spilled over into some U.S. states, including Texas and Arizona. Let’s consider the hypothetical case of MI, a Mexican informant whose statements to authorities get a top Mexican drug-cartel member arrested, indicted and held for trial. The cartel learns MI’s identity, and it intends to kill MI, who lives in Juarez, Mexico. One day cartel members see MI at a grocery store. They begin to chase MI, and MI’s only way to escape his pursuers is to cross the Rio Grande River and enter the U.S. He does, and the U.S. border patrol promptly apprehends MI. President Trump wants anyone who enters the U.S. illegally (as MI has done) to be returned immediately (without any recourse to an attorney or the U. S. judicial system) to his or her home country. In MI’s case, that policy is tantamount to a death sentence. But if MI is given due process in the U.S., thereby giving him a chance to explain to a judge and jury the circumstances behind his entry into the U.S., it could save MI’s life and possibly the lives of his wife and children. Conclusion: Trump’s “send them back immediately” proposal merits rejection. One would think that a “stable genius” (Trump’s self-description) would have a sufficiently developed imagination to think for himself of cases like our hypothetical MI. But Trump doesn’t think; he reacts.

Bill Bailey Kingwood

 

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