Healthy returns

A majority of Americans recognize the threat of climate change and many have taken action to reduce their carbon footprint through conservation, recycling and support of renewable energy technology. Now an opportunity to support legislation to combat climate change has arisen.

The Healthy Climate and Family Security Act of 2015 would cap carbon pollution and reduce CO2 emissions 80 percent by 2050; charge oil, gas and coal companies a carbon fee; and return 100 percent of the proceeds to every American with a valid Social Security number. The bill would produce rapid and vital reduction in greenhouse gas emissions while helping families across the county.

Many experts believe placing a price on carbon is the most effective method of lowering CO2 emissions while supporting the transition to a clean energy economy. I urge citizens to contact their congressional representatives and voice support for this bill.

Alan D. Northcutt, Waco

Vote Thornton

I’m glad Ashley Bean Thornton is a candidate for Waco City Council from District 4. I believe she is uniquely qualified for that position.

I’ve known Ashley since she joined the board at Seeds of Hope Publishing in 2007. Wherever two or more are gathered to work for the good of this community, Ashley seems always to be among them. She has worked on efforts concerning hunger, poverty and education, among others.

Ashley has a warm, outgoing personality with a great sense of humor. She clearly likes people. She has contagious passion, energy and enthusiasm. She has an optimistic can-do spirit that suggests we can solve any problem if we simply devote our minds, hearts and hands to doing it.

Ashley is also an excellent facilitator. She doesn’t just listen to what people say — she listens to what they mean. If anyone can find common ground between people of differing points of view, I believe Ashley can.

If the voters of District 4 get to know Ashley Bean Thornton, I’m confident they will elect her to the Waco City Council on May 9.

Charles Reed, Waco

Jurors deceived

Businesses can be heavily fined for deceptive advertising that harms the public, yet this occurs all the time in court sentencing. The only sentence that is what it says is life without parole. Even in death sentences, more die after years of waiting for executions than are executed.

Other sentences of, say 20 or 40 years do not actually mean 20 or 40 years and even lawyers disagree exactly when a person is eligible for parole. And jurors when sentencing are not told of possible outcomes of their sentencing. Isn’t this deceptive for jurors not to know likely outcomes of their studied decisions ?

Jim Cantrell, Axtell

Christian president

Breakpoint: It is time for America to stop partying and elect a Christian president.

Kay King, Eddy