Judging from Anna Tinsley’s Dec. 19 story, “Local Dems say candidate is in wrong primary,” it seems that the “former Tarrant County Democratic Party leaders” are saying that if anyone has ever voted in a Republican primary, they cannot be a Democrat and should step aside.
We all know that George Boll is not the only recent Democratic candidate for Senate District 10 who voted in Republican primaries.
There are others who have participated in Republican primaries, including someone who voted in the 2006 Republican primary just before she was elected as Democratic state senator for District 10 in 2008. That person is now a Democratic candidate for governor!
Voting for who you believe is the best candidate is every Texan’s right. It seems that these former Tarrant County Democratic Party leaders want to make that decision for us. This is not their exclusive party, it’s our inclusive one.
— Bill Barksdale, Fort Worth
Well, the efforts of the Democratic Party to turn Tarrant County at least purple are already sputtering.
Local party leaders are aghast that one of their candidates has a history of voting in the Republican primaries, suggesting he is therefore not pure enough to be a proper Democrat.
Just where do the Democrats imagine that the additional votes that will turn Tarrant County purple will come from?
Pure leftists for whom the party has heretofore not been leftist enough?
What about attracting some of the Republicans and independents who are looking for an alternative to the sharp right turn made by the Republican Party?
Note to local Dems: Strike 1.
— Bill Lanford, Haltom City
Dealing with PTSD
You’d think that after Chris Kyle was killed trying to help someone believed to be suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder that folks would leave diagnosis and treatment of the condition to trained mental health personnel. (See Friday news story, “Death of ‘American Sniper’ stunned nation.”)
I commend the former sniper for trying to help Iraq veteran Eddie Routh, but he didn’t take the precautions he would have as a Navy SEAL.
I certainly am sad for Kyle’s widow. No one should have to go through what she’s been through.
Since the murder, Routh has been labeled a “fobbit” (someone who saw little if any action) by some claiming to have been stationed with him on a forward operating base in Iraq.
I never went on patrol outside the wire in Vietnam, but I really hate when someone tries to tell me how someone with PTSD should act.
— Mac McKinzie, Arlington
Value of vitamins
I’ve recently read that, once again, doctors have proved that taking multivitamins and supplements is useless. I see such articles periodically.
My own experience with vitamins and supplements is different.
I have a condition known as “dry eye.” It’s common in the Southwest and shows up as bleary, tear-filled eyes every morning. It interferes with vision.
My eye doctors gave me a bagful of eye drop samples, told me to pick the one I liked best and use them four to six times a day.
Once I knew the name of the problem, I Googled it and found that taking fish oil daily helps it. So I did.
The tearing went away and it had an unexpected benefit. The halos I usually see at night around oncoming car headlights almost went away. (I’m 75 years old.)
I also have a few other medical problems, which the proper supplements have greatly helped.
If you look at any medical school list of courses, you’ll see none on nutritional supplements or vitamins. So I wonder if the doctors really know as much as they think.
— Curt Lampkin, Azle
I can't help but disagree with your editorial in Sunday's edition, “Mandatory sentences not appropriate for juvenile cases.”
What happened to accountability and responsibility — yes, even for 16-year-olds?
If parents won't teach responsibility and accountability, then perhaps some prison time would be a wake-up call.
What kind of message does it send to other teens that they can drink and drive and kill people and the only punishment and accountability is to be sent to a “country club”-type rehab facility?
Wow, get a case of “affluenza” these days and you can get away with murder.
— Angela Benvenuto, Arlington
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