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Letters: The breath of life; raw milk bill; cool-headed chief

The breath of life

In her March 30 letter, Doris Grissom asks “Why is it so difficult to understand that an unborn child is a person?”

One reason might be that many people base their beliefs about abortion on the Bible.

In Genesis, the Bible states, “And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.”

So a fetus does not become a living soul or person until it breathes. An unborn child is a potential person.

During gestation a body is developed, and when it breathes, it becomes a living soul and person.

Living, breathing persons make choices; fetuses do not.

— Rowena Montgomery,

Arlington

Raw milk bill

I continue to be disgusted that last year in Texas the raw milk bill was not passed after even the Health Department gave it a thumbs up.

These representatives are bought by the large factory dairies, and they will be replaced. They have no right telling me what I can eat or not.

I have to travel 130 miles to the dairy to get my milk and have to then freeze it for six months, but it isn’t as good as fresh, and it is their fault.

Shame on them and to the devil with them.

Congress should vote yes on HB 4307 and HB 4038.

— Sandra Bush,

Fort Worth

Cool-headed chief

We should all be thankful for President Obama’s cool head in handling the Ukrainian crisis.

His speech in Belgium successfully isolated Russia from the world community for its threat to Ukraine.

His visit to Saudi Arabia and to see Pope Francis capped off a triumphant week.

By the end of the week, Putin blinked and called him for a long conversation.

We can also be thankful that he has maneuvered us through the Iranian, Syrian and Libyan crises.

Hail to the chief!

— Carl V. Flores,

Grandview

Why pay men more?

Regarding “Equal pay for equal work” (Opinion, March 28): It’s not so much that women are paid less for the same work, but why on earth would you pay men more?

— Bruce W. Rider, Grapevine

Government by PAC

Once again, the Supreme Court has strained on a gnat while swallowing a camel.

But then, who could expect more from those who could not foresee the killing of millions of babies still in their mother’s womb?

Certainly, they would not be expected to see that allowing unlimited campaign donations as free speech would silence the poor.

It appears now our government is for sale to the highest bidder. Lord, bring us righteous judges — judge who will judge rightly that God’s will should be done.

Fifty-five million dead babies is a price none can defend. And government via PAC is not a government of, by and for the people.

— Nevel Patrick Haley,

Carrollton

Education for all

It’s disturbing to see candidates’ comments about ending in-state tuition for students brought into the country as children without documents.

I can only assume that these politicians have not had any contact with any of the estimated 200,000 such students in Texas.

If they did, they would understand how government policies affect students’ lives.

They would know that these students didn’t just appear. They’ve been here. They’ve attended our schools.

Most came as children, and this is the only home they have known.

They’ve made sacrifices, just like millions of other immigrants throughout our country’s history.

They came for the same reason as European immigrants did: the pursuit of happiness.

Texas spends $2 billion yearly (of the $94 billion budget) to educate students brought in as children.

Yet these politicians complain about $4,000 grants that allow those students to attend college.

A $2 billion investment is too much to throw away.

The Declaration of Independence says that all “are endowed with certain unalienable rights that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

— Brad W. Bales,

North Richland Hills

More fitting eulogy

The recent eulogy of Ambassador Robert Strauss by U.S. Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson failed to mention the significant contributions to Presidents Reagan and George H.W. Bush, particularly the former in his selection of Howard Baker as White House chief of staff.

However, mentioning Strauss in the same sentence as Washington, Jefferson and Lincoln gave me pause, as did the inclusion of Johnson, Obama and Kennedy on the same level.

Presidential historians everywhere would label this as, at best, incredulous.

— Richard Hein,

Southlake

Letters

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