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Letters: Alternative medicine; logical arguments; education funding

Alternative medicine

Next week is National Osteopathic Medicine Week, and I want to send a shout-out to the physicians who serve us.

I am a child of osteopathic medicine — daughter, sister, cousin, aunt and wife. I grew up in the profession, and I routinely see osteopathic family physicians and specialists. They keep me in good health.

It’s hard to condense my thoughts about osteopathic medicine, except that it’s everything allopathic (M.D.) medicine is but more.

It’s an approach that says health, not disease, is the natural state of the body. You treat a well person to keep them healthy; you don’t wait until a problem — injury, disease, whatever — develops.

And you don’t necessarily treat all problems with drugs, some of which mask the underlying problem.

Yes, D.O.’s rely on osteopathic manipulation, but they also use the full range of modern medical techniques.

Osteopathic physicians frequently practice in medically underserved communities — isolated rural towns and neglected poor urban communities.

The Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine was chartered by the state Legislature in 1970 with the express purpose of training physicians to work in underserved communities.

Let’s support our local osteopathic school during National Osteopathic Medicine Week and all year long.

— Judy Alter, Fort Worth

Logical arguments

I seldom agree with Rahm Emanuel or Bob Ray Sanders. Our worldviews are too different.

However, I do recognize logic when I see it, and that was the difference between their columns of April 3.

Emanuel basically stated that Republicans and Democrats were both wrong in “their” view of early childhood education.

He then described the steps he took to implement early childhood education in Chicago schools: (1) he got the money for the programs by cutting the central office budget, (2) he eliminated 28 programs that were not working and better funded programs that were, and (3) most importantly, he actively involved parents in the process, recognizing that they were critical to success.

Sanders’ logic was simple: If you oppose the Affordable Care Act, it’s because you hate the president more than you love your country.

You decide who made the better argument.

— Jim Lawrence, Arlington

Education funding

Texas has dropped to 49th in spending per pupil and is now more than $3,000 below the U.S. average — or about $66,000 less per elementary classroom — according to new comparisons by the National Education Association.

And how does the Texas Republican Party deal with the problem?

See page 17 of the Texas Republican Party Platform.

“On education: Since data is clear that additional money does not translate into educational achievement, and higher education costs are out of control, we support reducing taxpayer funding to all levels of education institutions.”

— Fred Darwin, Arlington

Gun rights

The April 9 Star-Telegram article, “Arlington vexes gun-rights group,” and the related editorial, “Local law must be evenly enforced,” brought to mind a scene I witnessed from my car some weeks ago as I waited on westbound North Tarrant Parkway at the U.S. 377 traffic light in Keller.

Several individuals, walking the sidewalk bearing long guns and/or signs, appeared to be advocating the right to carry arms in public.

Although serious constitutional issues may have inspired the demonstration, all that came to my mind was the admonition expressed to Ralphie by his mother, teacher, and the department store Santa in A Christmas Story: “You’ll shoot your eye out.”

— Nelson Stoppiello, Watauga

Sports and unions

In Dan Jenkins’ latest, His Ownself, he spares no ink in expressing his disdain for unions in any form.

His boss at Golf Digest, Jerry Tarde, is a Northwestern University graduate.

The next issue should be interesting.

— David Snider, Arlington

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