Letters to the editor: July 7, 2018


Re: June 29 article, “Texas lawmakers weigh bolstering school security, mental health.”

Everyone wants students, teachers and all other school personnel to learn and work in a safe environment. That may indeed call for “school resource officers” to monitor the campus and prevent dangerous situations from escalating.

Reading this article, I was struck by a comment from the Granger Independent School District superintendent.

He said that the associated costs to hire one school resource officer was equivalent to hiring 2½ teachers.

How sad that we pay so little to those who teach our children compared to what school security officers earn.

Our legislators should be ashamed that the person behind the desk doesn’t make as much as the person guarding it.

JOE PASTUSEK, PFLUGERVILLE

One in three seniors dies with Alzheimer’s disease. The only leading cause of death in the U.S. that cannot be prevented, cured or even slowed, it is imperative that we have elected officials who are working to make Alzheimer’s a national priority.

As an Alzheimer’s Association advocate, I was fortunate to meet with Rep. John Carter’s office to discuss the staggering impact of Alzheimer’s on Texas and across the nation. My fellow advocates and I shared our own personal experience with this devastating disease. We implored Carter to be a champion in Congress for Texans living with Alzheimer’s.

Please join me in asking Carter’s support in the fight.

DARLENE GUYNES, CEDAR PARK

Re: June 29 article, “Conservative? Republican? These days you must choose.”

Columnist David Brooks, as usual, is mostly right. Republicans have found comfort in their new Trumpian tribalistic, social cohesion. But I am not ready to agree they have set aside all traces of what Brooks calls “inhumane” market fundamentalism.

President Trump is defined by an adult life devoted to the no-holds-barred pursuit of money. He has little knowledge of any of the humanities, all of which nurture sensitivity and inoculate against cruelty and crass behavior. Rather, in his practice of “market fundamentalism,” the motivational tools are back-scratching, bullying and fear-mongering. Confrontational name-calling is used to demean, belittle and suppress. Only “winners” advance, are respected and continue to receive support.

The new “socially coalesced” Republican Party inevitably is infected by this Trumpian style, which lurks as a disease in its gut.

STEPHEN B. RODI, AUSTIN

Last legislative session, it was surprising to see mostly male lawmakers wasting valuable time discussing the so-called “bathroom bill” — and I’ve lost count of the weeks devoted to late-term abortions, ultrasounds and women’s access to wellness checks, Pap smears, breast exams and birth control.

Now comes Attorney General Ken Paxton demanding the Fort Worth Independent School District send copies of its sex ed curriculum for his personal perusal. As I understand, every sex ed program in Texas must provide parental review while emphasizing “abstinence only” — and we all know about that.

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick wants copies, too. I wonder is anyone else uncomfortable with the lieutenant governor’s unusual focus on sex while paying little attention to important issues — like water, school finance, etc.?

ALICE ADAMS, AUSTIN

When Jesus was born, because of the threat on his life, his family had to escape from Herod and seek asylum in Egypt. The family was neither turned away at the border, nor was the toddler separated from his parents. Thank God ,Gaius Turranius was the Roman governor of Egypt, and not Donald Trump.

DAVID W. MELBER, AUSTIN

A young man interviewed in jail in the U.S.:

“Where were you born?”

“United States.”

“Why did you join a gang?”

“I needed someone who cared about me and made me feel like I belonged.”

“But where are your parents?”

“They were deported back to Guatemala.”

“Why were they deported?”

“They didn’t have papers.”

“Why did they come here?”

“Because the brother I never knew was killed by gangs in Guatemala, and my parents didn’t want to lose me, too.”

PAUL CARAPETYAN, AUSTIN

I want to thank the Bastrop County sheriff for arresting the undocumented foreign nationals, three for driving while intoxicated and 10 on charges related to licenses, which resulted in 13 arrests and detentions by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. He has saved lives and property.

When you help pay for a friend’s funeral, you know how much the Bastrop County sheriff has made the world safer.

HOWARD HICKMAN, AUSTIN



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