Re: March 8 commentary, “It’s time for genuine academic engagement.”
Who doesn’t like problem-solving and interdisciplinary finesse? But eliminating disciplinary rigor is not the way to get there.
To make a fuel-efficient, long-range, beautiful car, you do not gather a first-year engineering student who took a time-management course, another who has been training to be a long-distance runner and an artist — and say, “Use your skills to solve this problem.”
The interdisciplinary mix may be fascinating, but it won’t get the car designed. Instead, it takes the hard work of specialists learning to work together and given the appropriate time and support. Simplistic answers that require less hard work — and cost — is no shortcut. But maybe it sounds good to some anti-intellectual politicians?
STEVEN DAVIDSON, GEORGETOWN
In this current climate of growing economic disparity, it is more important than ever to protect the rights of labor unions and the workers they stand up for.
The National Labor Relations Act serves to protect workers from unjust labor practices and allows for collective bargaining. Through federal legislation, the bill has been tinkered with and effectively weakened throughout the last few decades. This had led to a decrease in participation in labor unions. With decreased numbers, labor unions have less power to advocate on behalf of their members.
Without this important system of checks and balances, employers have more freedom to let wage increases stagnate, fire without proper cause and institute unfair work practices. If the federal government will not work to improve the efficacy of the NLRA, then it should at least allow states to enact their own rules regarding labor unions.
LAURA BAILEY, AUSTIN
Roaming our community here in Sun City is a deer with a plastic trash can lid around its neck. It runs from anyone trying to relieve it of its burden, thus putting me in mind of President Trump supporters who, likewise, run from or reject anyone willing to rid them of this horrific mistake that now occupies the White House.
Unfortunately, unlike the deer whose self-induced handicap is confined to its own person, these Trump supporters have hung a proverbial trash can lid around all of us — and frankly, we’re tired of carrying it around.
DENNIS PRATT, GEORGETOWN
After reading recent letters damning semi-automatic rifles and their owners, one question continues to nag me: What of the millions of owners who don’t commit crimes with them?
It seems to me that these owners are being demonized for the heinous actions of an incredibly small percentage. They should all be punished for the sins of the insane few? The United States is not the United Kingdom or Australia. Our history, traditions, population and culture are thankfully different. Emotional tirades by anti-gun activists aside, the United States will never be disarmed.
Just as Prohibition did not end the use of alcohol and the “war on drugs” has not stopped drug use, no amount of legislation will rid America of guns. If you are person who hates that reality, perhaps you would be happier somewhere else.
GARY BRANTLEY, CAMERON
It is so sickening and disingenuous to listen to Wayne LaPierre or President Trump at the Conservative Political Action Conference lie to their audience. No one is trying to eliminate the Second Amendment. Never happened, never will happen.
Moreover, even if it were true, three-fourths of the state would need to ratify the change, which would never happen.
They are only fanning the fires to take away from a more sane and logical discourse on gun control. Let’s enact sane laws.
MICHAEL WAYNE, ROUND ROCK
Re: Feb. 25 letter to the editor, “Student: Evidence on guns overwhelming.”
“What are you going to do about it?” Implement the same safety standards as airports. Remove “Gun Free Zone” signs. Control entrance and exit.
Issue photo ID’s to be scanned as students, teachers, administrators and other employees enter the school through metal detectors and imaging machines linked to school data base. Arm and train volunteer school employees in the use of handguns, then issue them concealed carry permits. Retired military and police would be quick to volunteer.
Place one police officer for every 400 students on permanent duty in each school. Have them patrol the buildings and the grounds. Dedicate office for the police, with full access to real time surveillance equipment. Hot line to the nearest police station. This is a good start.
Our tireless defense of the Constitution gave you the right to write your letter and the newspaper to publish it. Should that be taken away from you and them?
KEN LAWRENCE, GEORGETOWN