Letters to the editor: March 1, 2018

Re: Feb. 24 commentary, “On being black in the time of ‘Black Panther.’”

Thank you, Charlotte Moore, for the insight into your feelings of belonging — and not-belonging — when seeing the film, “Black Panther.” It must be like a permanent home-sickness, without ever having had the “home.”

When my mom was in her late 80s and suffered several transient ischemic attacks, my brothers and I decided she could no longer live alone. We sold her car and home, and for the next seven years she, in turn, stayed with my brother and me. One time, she was asked by a person at my church where she lived. She replied, “In a suitcase.”

How vulnerable and alone one must feel when not having the security and freedom of “home.” Our challenge is to make our country — and world — home for everyone. Are we even capable of doing that?


America will stand or fall on the integrity of the relationships of her citizens with all others, both at home and abroad. To enumerate America’s successes and failures is too easily hijacked for limited political purposes to be of much use.

Our call, individually and collectively, is simply to the highest integrity of relationship with others that we can achieve. This means both respect and honesty, not an honesty that is cruel and self-indulgent nor a respect that is servile and fearful. But rather an integrity that is, as Barbara Jordan said, “the willingness of each of us to share in the responsibility for upholding the common good.”


The only toll road “scofflaws” are the thieves that built these highway robbery schemes in the first place. Only an idiot would pay for something they already paid for. We the “scofflaws ” pay in taxes for roads every single day. Don’t let these toll road thieving advocates try to twist this sick highway robbery into anything else. When I pay car insurance, I don’t pay for it twice. Our taxes pay for our roads.

In the whole state, few cities, such as Houston, Dallas and Austin, have these highway robbery schemes in place. Why not San Antonio, Corpus Christi, El Paso, Laredo, Beaumont, Amarillo and all the other cities without thieving toll road scams? Are we dopes? If you drive on a toll road, you’re not just a dope; you’re a selfish un-American cad.


So, in addition to currently working 12-hour days to keep up with state-mandated paper work, lesson plans and after school tutoring, the president suggests it’s a good idea for teachers to arm themselves and act as security agents at our public schools? What could possibly go wrong?

Surely, there would be no friendly fire casualties of students or teachers by responding police forces, right? Surely, a “concealed” handgun licensed school teacher can stop an American domestic terrorist armed with a semi-automatic weapon. Just look at how the well-armed professional security guard on duty who was not leading a classroom of students performed at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School tragedy last week in a span of minutes. Instead of helping weapons manufacturers cash flow, why not reduce the chances of mass murder in a matter of a few minutes by removing semi-automatic weapons availability to the mass murderers?


When I see dead children on the TV, I am told it is because of mental illness. I am told to remember our forefathers and read well our Constitution.

This is where I can find solace in this madness. The right to bear arms and a well-regulated militia. While I see the right to arms, I do not see a well-regulated militia. I ask myself what would our forefathers do if their children were butchered at school with a semi-automatic weapon? If the mentally ill are the problem, why are they able to buy weapons? If we are supposed to have a well-regulated militia, where is it? As a veteran of infantry combat in two wars, I can assure you that I want the right to bear arms and a well-regulated militia. These two principles come hand in hand.


Democrats are making anti-gun legislation a cornerstone of their 2018 elections campaign.

There may be a problem here: Consider that there are about 300 million guns in the country. It is unrealistic to believe that all of them are owned by Republicans. Therefore, a strong push against guns may serve to energize the conservative base and actually cause some pro-gun Democrats to stay home. Think this issue all the way through.


Regarding the city of Austin’s new policy on sick leave: I am neutral; neither for nor against it.

But it is very ironic that Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick are so adamant against what the federal government tries to tell the state of Texas what it can or cannot do — and then they turn around and treat the city of Austin the very same way, trying to tell the city what to do.


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