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Letters: El Paso's not that bad

Johnson City Press • Apr 19, 2019 at 6:00 AM

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El Paso’s not that bad

In "Southern border concerns subject of Roe Town hall" (April 17), Roe states, "The Customs and Border Patrol people told me it (El Paso) was the fourth-most-dangerous city in the world." He should have fact checked this before accepting this as true.

El Paso actually has a low crime rate, in fact the lowest property crime rate of any city in Safewise's Top 10 Safest Cities where it is listed as seventh-safest city overall. It is also listed as the 11th-best place to retire in 2018 by US News & World Report and was honored as a 2018 All-America City by the National Civic League. Hardly the crime ridden city Congressman Roe portrayed it to be.

MARIANNE SMITH
Johnson City

Praise for the VA

On March the 8th of this year, I underwent outpatient knee surgery at the VAMC Mountain Home.

The care I received from admission to discharge was excellent.

The staff at all levels was professional, courteous and caring. I was fortunate enough to have skilled orthopedic surgeon, Danny Mullins, MD, perform my operation.

We veterans are privileged to have a facility with such a fine surgeon and operating room staff.

BOB POTTER
Johnson City

Tennessee’s heating up

It is easy to dismiss the threat of climate change as someone else's problem. It won't affect me. It's not happening now. However, as Sandy's observations (April 7) demonstrate, Tennessee's climate is changing already. According to the TNH2O report commissioned by Governor Haslam, our state has warmed in the last 20 years. Average rainfall is increasing and a rising percentage of that rain is falling on the four wettest days of the year. This climate disruption is likely to lower crop yields, threaten some aquatic ecosystems, and increase some risks to human health; floods and droughts might become more frequent and severe.

While U.S. emissions are down, we are still the largest per capita producer of greenhouse gases and we have already introduced a tremendous amount of CO2 into the atmosphere. As a global power we can lead the way in bringing down emissions around the world and help our economy at the same time. The Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act currently in the House (H.R. 763) would do just that. It includes a Border Adjustment that would keep us competitive even if other countries do not take action on climate.

This legislation is good for the economy; it would create millions of jobs in the next 10 years; it’s good for our health, saving hundreds of thousands of lives because of cleaner air and water. It is also revenue neutral. The fees collected on carbon emissions will be allocated to all Americans to spend any way they choose. The government won't keep any of the fees collected, so the size of the government will not grow.

Before it’s too late, call and urge Rep. Phil Roe to co-sponsor the legislation. Call Sens. Lamar Alexander and Marsha Blackburn, letting them know you want the act reintroduced and passed in the Senate.

LUKE CARTER
Jonesborough

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