Tablet Opinion

Letters: Words mean things; wrong approach on border; religious persecution

Words mean things

The Affordable Care Act states that subsidies would be available to those “enrolled through an Exchange established by the State.”

It is pretty obvious to me what this statement means.

It does not matter what the intent of Congress was. Words mean things.

Maybe next time Congress will actually read the law before they pass something this big and complex.

“We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it” is a poor way to legislate.

— James Greer, Fort Worth

Wrong approach on border

My heart is broken. How can this be?

We the people of Texas through actions of Gov. Perry have taken up arms against helpless, blameless children.

Jesus said, “Suffer the little children to come unto me.” I guess he meant every one except Texans.

We, proud Texans that we are, are at the top of national stats in childhood poverty, children with no medical care, unacceptable schools and children who go to bed hungry every night.

Aside from the humanitarian failure, we are using our state revenue to take 1,000 National Guard troops away from their homes, families and jobs to put “boots on the ground” against “the least of these” instead of improving the quality of life for all Texans.

We the people of Texas and Gov. Perry owe these little ones a sincere apology for giving them a slap in the face instead of a helping hand.

— Judith L. Newkirk, Fort Worth

Religious persecution

For some warped reason, the western nations have been turning a blind eye to the persecution of Christians in the Middle East over the past few years. Yet many thousands of Christians are losing their homes and even their lives as a result of such persecution by Islamist radicals.

Just within the last few days, this persecution has taken an ugly turn for the worse in Iraq, in the vast area now under the control of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

The leader of the Chaldean Catholics has made an urgent appeal “to all who have a living conscience” to raise their voices against this persecution, which is on the verge of genocide.

The Chaldean Catholics, the majority Christian faith in Iraq, have been there since the first century. They still speak Aramaic, the everyday language that Jesus spoke.

Yet, after two safe millennia, they are now on the verge of being exterminated. This cannot be allowed to happen!

We must all make our voices heard by contacting our elected representatives as well as such organizations as the United Nations urging them to do everything possible to stop this atrocity.

— William Brown, Arlington

‘I’ is for politician

Today Lincoln’s “of the people, by the people, for the people” would be “of the politician, by the politician, for the politician.”

Take notice that the word politician has three “I’s” in it.

We, the people Lincoln was speaking of, only have the chance to vote for people who have the backing, influence and money from special interest groups, all expecting something in return. We now have a government of puppets, controlled by money and greed.

We, the people cannot change term limits by law. We can inform the politicians how we feel about their ‘Good Ol’ Boy’ policies. At each primary election, vote against the non-productive incumbents.

— Holden Moyer, Lillian

Voting is important

An interesting article appearing in Friday’s paper, titled “Why incumbents always manage to get re-elected,” by Lee Hamilton, gives us points to consider.

This year’s election, both state and national, is a very important one. I urge everyone entitled to vote to do that. If you haven’t registered yet, please do so. And then go vote for the person you believe is the very best for that office, not just for an incumbent.

People who are continuously re-elected just because their name is on the top of the list doesn’t mean he/she is the best-qualified person for that job.

If you are serious about whether this state is going to be a red state or a blue state, you have to vote.

This is a privilege that very few countries have.

Please honor the ones who fought for this freedom by studying the issues and vote for the one you feel is the very best.

Please don’t allow the abundance of money or the lack of it to affect your vote.

Remember one thing: Sometimes the lack of one vote determines the election outcome. Please don’t be that one voter who didn’t take the time to go vote.

— Bettie Townson, Haltom City


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