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Letters: Be the change; Musical statesman; Mean-spirited campaigns

Be the change

Don’t forget to vote in the primaries today!

First of all, you have to choose the party. Then, you get your ballot.

Apathy and lack of information is what caused Republicans to lose presidential elections, and it will do the same thing in local and state elections.

So vote. Become part of the process. Then, when the general election comes, we will all be fairly represented and we’ll have better government.

You can’t complain if you don’t participate.

If you’re really upset about the way things are going in this country, become involved in changing it.

— Clifford James, River Oaks

Musical statesman

How curious: an editorial on Van Cliburn and his 1958 Tchaikovsky piano competition in Moscow (see: “Sharing music in memory of Van Cliburn,” Saturday), and your call on the daily STEW asks for Cold War observations regarding the current Ukraine problem.

Wow, all on the same page. I was on the Czech-Russian border as a member of a combat engineer group, one of a half-million U.S. soldiers holding back the Russian threat in 1957-59.

Van Cliburn did more with his piano to change our image with the Russian people than the world knows! All of a sudden, we were “softer and gentler”!

He would have made a great secretary of state as well.

— Don Pittman, Arlington

Nasty campaigns

The incessant deluge of predominantly Republican political ads on television makes it evident that there is a correspondingly large supply of money being raised.

Although the Republicans have always railed about “special interests,” each of the large contributors will expect something in return.

This is not democracy in action, but rather about special interests buying access to whoever wins the Republican primary.

The sad fact is that the winners of most Republican primaries for statewide office will win the general elections later this year. The win-at-all-cost advertising has each Republican candidate trying to outflank the others on the farthest fringe of the right wing.

It is almost comical to see one right-winger attacking an equally conservative opponent as a “liberal.” Everybody seems to be running against President Obama, even though he isn’t on any ballot in Texas.

It is unfortunate that the campaigns have degraded into a contest of which candidate can be more mean-spirited than the other.

— Joseph Begnal, Fort Worth

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