Letters to the Business section
Readers sound off about business issues.
Hunt’s soccer legacy
Re: “Sport ready for breakaway” by Cheryl Hall, July 14 Business section
Thank you for the excellent article on Lamar Hunt and FC Dallas. Having known Lamar for over 40 years and being involved in the U.S. soccer scene with him, I can tell you that he truly was the No. 1 pioneer of USA Soccer.
It was great to see the acknowledgement of all his efforts in your article.
Gordon Jago MBE,
Ambassador and special consultant,
Dallas Cup Inc.
I was in Dallas yesterday and today on business and enjoyed reading your fine article about Lamar Hunt’s legacy and the Hunt family.
Lamar was a dear friend and arguably the most revered professional sports franchise owner in all of sport. Very nice work.
Re: “Obama touts insurance providers’ rebates” by the New York Times, July 19 A section
Let’s see ... In July 2012, I received a $436 premium rebate from my insurance provider, and in July 2013 I received a $116 rebate. In the meantime, however, my monthly insurance premium has increased from $440 in 2012 to $503 in 2013, a 14.32 percent increase.
President Obama may claim that his health care act is working, but the question is for whom?
Fracking and water
Re: “As need for fracking materials booms, mining is creating a sand storm” by James Osborne, July 13 Business section
James Osborne recently disclosed yet another drain on Texas’ water reserves: sand mining by the oil and gas industry to support fracking operations.
One positive outcome of our severe drought is that our communities are forced to recognize that they can exhaust their water reserves. The current discussions in Austin focus on the use of tax dollars to fund water development projects.
No one has suggested that the large commercial consumers (oil and gas companies) pay replacement costs for their unprecedented consumption of our water reserves as a result of fracking operations.
Our legislators may soon be calling on Texas residents to use their tax dollars to support the development of our water resources. Yet those same legislators have capped the amount that groundwater conservation districts can charge commercial water consumers at 10 cents per 1,000 gallons.
We need to ask our legislators some tough questions. How does the small 10-cent charge help fund the replacement of the daily consumption of millions of gallons of water by the oil and gas industry? And why are Texas residents forced to subsidize the water consumption of the most profitable companies on the planet?
Re: “Take this sleep expert’s advice lying down” by Cheryl Hall, July 10 Business section, and “Sleep pro turns athletes into overnight successes” by Cheryl Hall, July 17 Business section