By Amy Silverman
By Olivia LaVecchia
By Monica Alonzo and Stephen Lemons
By Chris Parker
By Michael Lacey
By Weston Phippen
I'm proud to call this one-man crusader a friend, but one courageous man cannot do it alone. The employees of state government and the public alike must unite to stop state government's waste of human and financial resources.
To do this we have to stop being sheep. We have to stop sitting back and watching Mr. Young and other union representatives go up against Goliath. We have to act as David did and cast the stone to create change.
The abuse of authority at ADOT and (from what I have seen) at other state agencies has gone on much too long. It's time for reform. I encourage all government employees to join unions and become the majority to create change within state government.
Steven L. Higgins, Glendale
It's up to the rich to save us: Nice article ("The Green Machine," Sarah Fenske, part of the "Green Fatigue" package, April 17). But I think it's unrealistic to say that people should do at least as much as companies. Here's why: I did not ask to be born into a world where companies have already ransacked rainforests, tapped foreign oil, and provided me with coal-wonderful electricity.
Personally, I'd rather not have all these wonderful "choices" and fend for myself. These companies didn't exploit the world for my benefit. They did it in the hopes of making millions, and they have. Corporations, more than any individual, are responsible for the effects their systems have on the world.
To expect a starving person to care as much about helping preserve the Earth as a trust-fund millionaire is exactly the sort of logical stupidity that Republicanism is founded in. If this world is to be saved, it will be saved by the rich.
To try to argue that Exxon has as much responsibility to the world as I do is intellectually interesting, but it's missing the bigger point that whoever can help should help as much as he or she can because that will keep our wonderful world alive, which will help shareholders and employees alike. And with trillions of dollars in cash, companies have the resources, manpower, and economic incentive (the creation of a global consumer class) to drastically improve our environmental and social conditions.
I do agree with the "conservative" position that fixing the world is no one's responsibility, but if [everybody] got together and intelligently worked with governments, this world could be on track for sustainable prosperity in less than a decade.
Shawn Bhandari, Fountain Hills
Vegan-sexuals — that's hot: I'm the production editor for Natural Products Marketplace, and I stumbled across ("Veggie Tails," Steve Jansen). I think it's great that you're bringing to light the little-to-unknown aspects of being intimate as vegans in "Green Fatigue."
There are several obstacles for vegans who want to experience different levels of sexual activity but don't want to compromise their belief system. We just did a story on what it means to be vegan, and our sidebar discusses the idea of vegan-sexuals, vegans who reject meat-eaters as sexual partners. Thanks for writing about such a unique and different perspective!
Rebecca Cannon, Phoenix
Cut dependence on the Mideast: I can see Ray Stern's point entirely in his "Green Fatigue" story ("Fuelish Mistakes"). That is, that gasoline-powered cars are just as clean as any of the mass-produced alternative-fuel vehicles.
The big point that this story misses is our dependence on foreign oil. It's not just about the environment, people! It's mostly about the fact that there is just so much fossil fuel left in the world, and much of it's under the Middle East.
We need to break the ties to these countries. A lot of problems will be solved if we do. For instance, we can stop sending our young men to fight in and around these nations. The main reason we've fought two wars in Iraq is that we need to keep the oil supply coming and, in turn, keep our SUVs and monster pickups speeding down our highways. It's complicated, but connect the dots.
And, yes, it's hypocritical to claim that these alternative-fuel vehicles do anything for the environment, but it's valid as hell to say that they do something for our independence from the Middle East.
We've got to face the fact that we must develop a fuel source to replace petroleum. We must!
Ed Gant, Los Angeles
Dying young = bad idea, Ray: The "Fuelish Mistakes" article does a great job of discussing problems related to vehicles and air pollution. The one solution — die young — leaves something to be desired.