Teaching the best
Since I was successively the founder, provost and chancellor of the College of Saint Thomas from 1981 to 2011, I am the person to whom Mr. J. Lee Johnson IV refers in his letter of May 23.
I suggest that what was described as arrogance might on another day be described as unwillingness to alter the mission of the college; the price of support can be too high.
As it was CSTM and its predecessor the Saint Thomas More Institute had a useful life of thirty years, made a difference to many students of all ages, represented (I hope sand believe) the Catholic faith in appropriate and effective ways, and produced students and graduates many of whom will be useful, some of whom will be distinguished.
What it taught and stood for will be part of the lives of many.
This also gives me an opportunity to thank the many generous benefactors who made the college possible. You are remembered gratefully.
Meanwhile CSTM has come full circle, back to being an institute, now the Walsingham Society, with the same mission: to teach the best.
— James Patrick, Dallas
Ben Carson is described in these words: “a tool of the right-wing Republican malcontents,” “denigrating shots,” “spewing right-wing dogma,” and “used in a degrading way.”
All these, it appears to me, are Bob Ray’s attempt to portray a highly successful man as being unable to think for himself, simply because he disagrees with Sanders on core issues.
On the same page, Greene asks if “extraordinary personal rancor we witness in Washington is influencing discussion among the citizenry, or is it the other way around?”
I couldn’t agree more with Greene.
— Bob Pavelko, Arlington
Problems at the VA
Lawmakers seek criminal probe of VA.
Sad commentary and so true.
It seems I have heard this all before, say in early 1970s, after the Vietnam War wound down; many of those veterans are the ones having problems getting appointments now 50 years later!
It would seem that we should be able to design an app, to give to all vets for free, that would allow them to self report long wait times for appointments by specialty an VA hospital.
Collect that data weekly and send the report to the Senate and House Commitees on Veterans Affairs who for years have had their heads in the sand — both republican and democratic leadership — on the disfuntion in our VA Health System.
— Maggie Irwin, Fort Worth
I am a 100 percent disabled vet. I have been working with the VA since 1984 and have worked many issues with them trying to fix the glitches in the system.
It has been evident from the beginning that the issues were rarely the people doing the job, it was mostly the rules, regulations and policies that caused many problems.
Also the management by fiscal issues as opposed to what the veterans needed.
Costs of medicines, personnel costs, and so on. It appeared that managers were “rated” on how they saved money — not that different from Corporate America today.
Well the effect of that process has kept the VA from hiring enough people to handle the surge of veterans from our engagements — Vietnam to Afghanistan. Consequently, not enough help — long waits to get treatment.
I have survived some extended wait times to get to see medical people.
Fortunately, the majority of people that I have worked with have been hard working professionals. Unfortunately, their hands are often tied with policies and procedures that are “financially” driven.
Those policies are driven from very high up the chain — even to congress levels.
— Clay Riley, Weatherford
Time to resign
Keller ISD Trustee Jo Lynn Haussmann recently took to Facebook to bash Southlake City Councilman Shahid Shafi’s Muslim faith.
Less than a week of being in office, she have proven that she is not in a position to serve all of the students, residents and employees of Keller ISD.
I am not convinced that she can put her disdain for certain faiths aside when making decisions on the behalf of the district.
The only way forward is for Haussmann to submit her resignation.
— Edward Z. Perkins, Fort Worth
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