Are you listening?
May 02, 2013 | 1018 views | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend | print

Re: The letter “Save our earth, please!” in honor of Earth Day in the April 24 edition of The Karnes Countywide Newspaper, submitted by the students at It’s A Small World Nursery School.

This letter is to let our young citizens and future leaders know that their letter to the “big people” touched this reader’s heart.

Why do we “big people” not heed the concerns of our young citizens? I counted 18 valid suggestions by these young citizens.

Their supplications should not fall on deaf ears. These tiny tots and their nursery room teacher should be commended, acknowledged or recognized. When people complain to me I usually ask, “What are you doing about it?” It is quite evident what concerns these young citizens.

I sent an e-mail to the Railroad Commission asking if the removal of vegetation was a partial reason for droughts. I reminded them that a lot of vegetations are being removed locally for drilling purposes. Where is Arbor Day when we need it? No, vegetation is not being replaced. The R.R. Commission responded with a typical quote about post drilling responsibilities as outlined in the government’s rules and regulations. There was nothing in their response about replacing vegetation.

I called a state legislator with a suggestion. Sharing with the office secretary, I asked what was more important, oil or water. She responded water. Her boss had explored the possibility of a desalination plant. Expense and not knowing what to do with the brine, killed the idea. I commented that instead of the oil pipeline why not run a pipeline from the nearest area that tends to flood. (Please note the current flooding in the surrounding states near Texas.) A water pipeline from these flooding states would help alleviate the flooded area somewhat, while diverting water to the most arid areas. It probably makes too much sense that this idea will die. (Too much money they say.) It sure is a waste from the flooded areas.

This letter is a suggestion to our city leaders to offer a proclamation, recognize or acknowledge these young citizens who dared to do something about it. Think about it. They will one day make laws that will affect us.

Lucas C. Jasso

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