Red River ruckus
The Associated Press article about the Red River (“Perry, Abbott accuse feds of Red River land grab,” April 25) spent a lot of ink on quotes from Texas politicians and ranchers decrying “seizing private property” and “socialist society’ but made no visible attempt to get the Bureau of Land Management’s explanation.
The BLM describes the conflict as over about 140 acres (rather than 90,000) that was determined by the courts to be federal land.
Maybe there’s more substance to this issue; maybe there’s not.
What is clear is that in light of what’s going on in Nevada, this article was irresponsible.
— Dennis Novak, Fort Worth
Calling for “racial fairness,” the Obama administration is weighing the release of 20,000 drug felons who have been in prison for 10 years or more.
They may be in prison for nonviolent crimes, but they aren’t there because they got caught with an ounce of pot.
Most if not all are in prison because of multiple offenses.
Drug addicts very seldom go to jail just for drugs; drug addicts steal to pay for their habit.
Men who have been in prison 10 years are hardened, mean criminals. You don’t live in prison for 10 years and come out an upstanding citizen.
The Star-Telegram article said “hundreds or maybe thousands” of prisoners will be released, but then it says up to 12 percent of 210,000 inmates, that’s over 20,000 criminals back on the streets, with no education or job skills.
Guess what they are going to do for money?
— Robert M. Moon, Fort Worth
Responsibility not regs
“Rules, oversight might have prevented West blast” — and I might have won $400 million if I’d paused five seconds before picking my last Lotto Texas number.
Let’s not expect the government to regulate every last detail of every business and every event in our lives!
Owners of businesses need to be competent, make prudent decisions and assume full responsibility for their actions.
Suppliers of potentially dangerous materials and devices need to be held as accountable as bartenders selling alcohol to drunks.
Anyone providing financing needs to feel confident that the risk for failure, either by management that can’t make a profit or can’t prevent disasters such as the West explosion from happening, has been addressed in regard to all aspects.
Much more efficient and effective than government regulations is giving all individuals the freedom to decide how to run a business but requiring them to take full responsibility for harm caused to any individual or property as a result of their actions.
— Robert Dawson, Arlington
On Bob Ray Sanders’ column about former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens (April 23): First, kudos to Stevens for his long service and continued contributions at age 94.
Kudos also for his goal to get conversation started (although I am pretty sure the conversation has never stopped on the subject topics).
It is worrisome, however, that some want to stifle conversation nowadays, making such statements as “the debate is over” on subjects such as climate change.
It is also worrisome that some would target those who hold a differing opinion, such as targeting those who believe in traditional marriage.
While these are not the topics treated by Justice Stevens in his new book, all public debate should be held to the same standards. We should continue to promote conversation and to respect differing opinions.
It is my hope that the liberals can be open-minded, as they expect of others. To that end, I would say, “Hallelujah!”
— Ross P. Menger, Alvarado
Time for empathy
Immigration reform is imperative to the well-being of real people who are in this country living in constant uncertainty and fear of discovery.
This situation creates helpless men, women and children ripe for abuse and exploitation.
The emerging human crisis no longer allows me to remain idle and silent.
The need to provide basic necessities and safety can lead desperate people to do desperate things.
As a mother I can understand that.
Yes, they are here illegally.
America needs to receive them with empathy and extend the ability to gain legal status and work toward citizenship if this is what they desire.
Immigration reform will allow them to live outside of the shadows and be productive members of American society without fear.
Let’s rise together and call for our representatives to do the right thing and pass immigration reform. It’s the right thing to do.
— Kellye Echels, Crowley
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