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Letters: Cattle theft; vets seeking help; home-grown terrorists

Cattle theft

Reporter Steve Campbell (“Protecting Cattle,” Mar. 28) did an excellent job, but there is more to it!

Once law enforcement officers do their job and charges are filed, followed by a trial or plea, the perpetrator usually just gets probation with restitution paid through the probation office.

I have been a victim of cattle theft on several occasions, receiving very little compensation — and that at the discretion of the district judge.

One thief has paid about $50 in more than five years following the theft of 30 cows. Another thief stole $43,000 worth of cattle but has paid approximately half and is now more than eight months delinquent.

If this man goes to prison, the law says I get no more restitution.

Texas has one of the worst brand laws in the west. Check the brand laws of other western states.

— Carter Fore, Breckenridge

Vets seeking help

This year, 49,000 to 69,000 veterans will return from overseas.

When I returned from World War II and Korea, my civilian life didn’t make a lick of sense.

Finally, I sought professional, psychological and psychiatric help, and I have a wonderful life today.

So please encourage today’s returning combat veterans to seek immediate psychological or psychiatric help.

I didn’t, and I had such a miserable life.

— Hardie Matthews, Pasadena

Homegrown terrorists

Isn’t it time for us to finally recognize gangs for what they really are: home-grown terrorists on American soil?

Terrorists who rob young children and teenagers of the peace and safety guaranteed by the Constitution?

Terrorists who destroy untold billions of dollars worth of public and private property?

Terrorists who prey on the weak, the elderly, the financially insecure and those who cannot relocate to someplace better and safer?

Terrorists who maim and murder every single day?

It is time to declare war on homegrown terrorists.

— Suzanne Davis, Fort Worth

ACA success

Not only did the president and Secretary Kathleen Sebelius meet expectations for Affordable Care Act enrollment, they exceeded it.

What will it take for the president’s critics to stop betting against him?

They are always blindsided by his successes.

— Peggy A. Shelton,

Fort Worth

Law is the problem

In his Wednesday column entitled “The healthcare plan is working despite efforts by Obama haters,” Bob Ray Sanders had it wrong.

While hate may be involved, it is hate of Obamacare itself rather than hate of Obama that is the operative factor.

Remember, this was a piece of legislation that was ramrodded through Congress without the benefit of the normal vetting process.

Then, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi notoriously said that the Congress had to pass the legislation before they could know what was in it.

Among other reasons to hate Obamacare were the false promises that no one would lose their doctors or insurance; the exemptions granted to favored groups such as unions, but not to those who had objections based on freedom of religion; the dangerous precedent of a president unilaterally making unlawful amendments; and the disastrous implementation itself.

— William Brown, Arlington

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