Richard Hein, will you please get your facts straight? (See: “Davis’ character,” Wednesday) Wendy Davis did not divorce her husband upon graduating from Harvard Law School. She came back to Texas where she built a successful law practice. Jeff Davis has even stated she would make a great governor, which is something that scares the Republicans to death.
Many people know that Greg Abbott sued and was compensated $10 million for his accident. Then he lobbied to stop tort reform so anyone else will not be compensated as he was. This shows he only cares about himself, not the people of Texas.
Wendy Davis did not lie in her bio, just omitted a few facts — which is what all politicians do. I’m voting for Wendy Davis for governor.
— Joyce A. Powell, Bedford
Algebra is useful
I was amazed when reading Joe Holmes’ Wednesday letter, “Algebra not needed.” Algebra is probably the most useful math of all. I use it and have used it many times.
I was not a math major in college, nor am I employed as a mathematician.Algebra helps to solve for the unknown. Most people in life have to solve for the unknown.
I use it at work from time to time and at home when working on projects and with financial issues.
I have helped many junior high and high school kids, as well as adults going back to school, who are struggling with algebra. I try to show them its practical applications.
It is not just memorizing a bunch of formulas. I try to encourage students in algebra and let them know that algebra is probably the most useful math you will ever learn.
To eliminate the algebra II requirement in our schools will leave people even less prepared for life and work, not to mention to compete in a world marketplace.
— Larry Wohl, Hurst
Joe Holmes, what kind of educator were you?
No one you know/knew has ever figured a budget, gone shopping or constructed a bookshelf even?
Everybody you know, including yourself, has never been on time for anything; had to schedule events or trips; never figured out how long it takes to get to grandma’s house?
If you do anything that considers time, materials and/or money, you use algebra. Ninety-nine percent of people do it every day.
— Roger W. Guinn, Aledo
Day after day, you report about crime and the criminals that the public instantly ostracize and push to the bottom of society.
Then you report about the prisons that house the trash of society and report how dangerous they are, causing the public to push them further into the depths of punishment.
Then you report on the ones that get out of prison and go back into crime, further turning the public against rehabilitation and vital programs that help.
Not once have I seen you report on those who committed crimes, served their sentences, paid their debt and come out ready to become trusted citizens by working three times harder than anyone else to prove that they can be trusted again.
Why do I point this out?
The company I was trying to get employed by decided to look at other candidates who were less qualified than I because of my criminal record. Fourteen years later, my past is still being held against me.
Just once, why not report about the struggle and the positive side of convicts who are trying? Who knows, you might give some of us a fighting chance to be members of society.
— Eric Henderson, Fort Worth
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