What we can and cannot change

“The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it.” — Flannery O’Connor

Factual truth spotlights what’s real, whether or not we want it to be real. Acting on the basis of fictitious wish or irrational fear usually brings failure, whereas we may well succeed if we face reality thoughtfully.

Let’s change the things we can change.

Both logic and history demonstrate that massive government deficits eventually lead to catastrophe. Let’s face reality, balance the budget and avoid catastrophe. We can.

Let’s accept the things we can’t change.

A man may have the delusion that he’s a woman. A woman may have the delusion that she’s a man. But practically everyone is clearly genetically female or male. Let’s determine genetically whether we are female, male or a mixture, seeking therapy for any delusions or other real problems, rather than ruining our lives by denying reality.

Let’s try to differentiate between what we can and cannot change.

As always, climate is changing now. Human activity likely influences current change, but how much, how much change is natural, and what’s the best way to deal with it?

Different opinions are acceptable. No science, including climate change science, is ever “settled.” It changes with added information (new truths). And all possible actions have different foreseen and unforeseen consequences. Let’s study and debate this issue until we know more about what’s true, what we can and cannot change, and then make prudent decisions.

Let’s always face reality, gather factual information, and then act wisely.

Lee Nahrgang,


Shock and awe

The British are saying there is no threat from Iran. But all they have to worry about is Brexit.

Meanwhile, Trump has to worry about a threat of a long overdue impeachment and subpoenas for almost everybody he has touched. Trump sends a Navy fleet, a squadron of B-52s and troops to the Persian Gulf.

Trump says he doesn’t want war, but we know how that goes. George W. Bush said he didn’t want war, then all of a sudden, we witnessed “Shock and Awe.” Is this what Trump is planning for another distraction?

We have always been in shock and awe of everything Trump has done or hasn’t done.

The European Union will have no part of Trump’s war. Also, Britain, China, France, Russia and the U.S. signed a nuclear agreement with Iran. The reason we’ve got problems is that Trump backed out.

Next subject. A GOP congressman said, “We have all the guns. Who do you think is going to win?” (referring to Democrats). A Washington state Republican legislator told an audience to prepare for civil war with “communists” adding “liberty must be kept by force.” Another speaker at the event said Christians should buy an AR-15 and plenty of ammunition.

According to Trump, two years of his administration have been stolen, so he is entitled to two extra years. If the jackboots keep talking like this, even if Trump loses the 2020 election, guess someone will have to pry the White House from his cold red hands.

Jim Stodola,


Showing resolve on climate change

I am delighted to see that the Resolution on Climate Change, along with several others, passed at the U.S. Conference of Mayors, despite Denton’s failure of a leadership opportunity: https://bit.ly/2NpZRaX.

Mayor Chris Watts was presumably present at the Conference of Mayors in Honolulu, representing an embarrassment of a mostly ignorant City Council. In fact, he missed the Tuesday council meeting to attend the conference, which began the following Friday. Keely Briggs attended the League of Cities in Duluth, which began for her on Tuesday, so she also missed the meeting and vote but kindly put the resolution on the agenda.

Many thanks to Paul Meltzer and Deborah Armintor who attended on a hot day in June and voted for this resolution.

Meanwhile, if Watts, Gerard Hudspeth, John Ryan and Jesse Davis think it is so important to prevent Keely Briggs from being elected mayor pro tem (twice), then they should send who they do elect to the League of Cities to represent Denton and learn something from the other cities’ representatives who attend.

Had Ryan or Hudspeth (the two most recently elected pro tems) done their pro tem job, Denton — the Texas city that passed a ban on fracking with a two-thirds majority vote and which claims to be seeking 100% sustainability by 2030 — would have passed the Climate Change Resolution.

I hope Mayor Watts voted in favor of them all.

Jennifer R. Lane,


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