AG nominee understands the difference
At his Senate hearing for attorney general, Judge Merrick Garland stated that a top priority for the Department of Justice would be the investigation and prosecution of violent extremists such as those involved in the “heinous attack” on the Capitol on Jan. 6. Sen. Josh Hawley asked if he also considered the attack by protesters on a federal courthouse in Portland, Oregon last summer to be an act of violent extremism. His answer was revealing.
Judge Garland stated that both incidents were criminal but a violent attack on a government building “in an attempt to disrupt democratic processes” presently taking place within was much more serious than an attack on a closed and empty government building because it constituted “a core attack on our democratic institutions.” Judge Garland drew a distinction between a protest that damages a building and a protest that damages democracy.
Protesters who spray paint graffiti, break windows, and set fires in trash cans are vandals. Protesters who beat and kill police officers, threaten to kill elected officials, and violently attempt to stop the democratic process are domestic terrorists. We finally have an attorney general who understands the difference.
Art Corey, East Providence
Don’t blame Texas power failure on renewables
Everyone is entitled to his/her own opinion, but syndicated columnists should not be in the business of repeating misinformation.
Nevertheless, that is precisely what Victor Davis Hanson does in his piece, “Our descent into collective madness” (Commentary, Feb. 21) by repeating the now fully debunked assertion by Texas Governor Greg Abbott that the horrendous problems in Texas — massive power outages, frozen water pipes, etc. — were caused by a failure of wind turbines and solar panels. In fact, renewable energy sources account for a small fraction of Texas’s energy needs and they failed at a smaller rate than conventional sources powered by fossil fuels.
Although a few wind turbines froze up and were rendered inoperable, that was a mere sideshow in the state where dozens of power plants fueled by gas and oil failed on a massive scale due to negligence on the part of state officials beholden to the fossil fuel industry.
Peter S. Allen, Providence
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