Tablet Opinion

Letters: Challenge to seniors; prices and wages; net neutrality

I just read a most informative article titled “Poor education stats demand change” (Tuesday).

The article sheds light on the dismal lack of children participating in post-secondary education. Having an interest in children’s education, I have often wondered why school districts don’t tap into the wealth of knowledge and experience of older citizens who might be retired and could contribute so much.

I realize that there are many older volunteers in schools, but feel that a larger “army” of helpers could stem the tide of statistics shown in the cited article.

My generation received excellent public school education that carried many of us far in the workplace.

It was my experience being a reading mentor at an elementary school that these children are craving attention and will flock to older people.

If I had the time, skills and connections, I would try my hand at recruiting volunteers, but must leave that to someone better equipped to do so. However, so many of us are living years beyond what was expected and have time on our hands not necessarily filled with gainful activities.

Will someone step up and accept this challenge?

— Doris Bivens, Granbury

Net neutrality

As a nation, freedom comes with sacrifice.

When corporate giants such as the big telecom companies can dictate who has faster service based on who gives tribute, like some mafia boss demanding a cut of the profits, all of our freedoms are in danger.

One rock that we Davids have in our slings to battle the Goliaths of big telecom is the FCC declaring the internet as a common carrier, ensuring that we continue to enjoy net neutrality.

— Richard Earl Johnson,

Fort Worth

Prices and wages

I felt compelled to write about raising the minimum wage.

This year the seniors got a $20-a-month raise.

I got my Star-Telegram bill and it went up $20 a year. Then I got my bill from the Weatherford Democrat and it went up $20 a year.

I went to the grocery store for a small bottle of dishwashing soap, and since last month it’s gone up from 79 cents to $1.07.

My point is when anyone gets a raise, everything goes up. These minimum-wage people will not realize an extra dime.

My friends, that is called inflation.

Remember when Bill Clinton was in office and they were talking about raising the minimum wage?

They used a pizza parlor for their example. Someone asked how the owner was going to pay his employees. Mr. Clinton said he can raise his prices.

This is the mentality of our leadership.

Why can’t they see it’s a trickle-down?

When one thing goes up, everything goes up and the consumer is the one who gets hurt.

— Helen Vidrine,


Cheap labor

For decades, Americans have been lamenting the transfer of factories to China in order to take advantage of the cheap Chinese labor.

But we should not be so concerned.

Those jobs will come back when the Chinese start building factories here in order to take advantage of the cheap American labor.

— Paul Roberts,

Fort Worth

Common-sense ruling

Thank goodness for the common-sense ruling of U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia, declaring the Texas state ban on same-sex marriages unconstitutional.

Never will I understand the knee-jerk homophobic reaction of Gov. Rick Perry and other members of the Grand Old Party.

Yes indeed, it’s a long arduous climb to the top of the mountain.

Nevertheless, my hope is that one day justice will prevail with equality for all.

— JoAnn Lee Frank,

Clearwater, Fla.


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