Tablet Opinion

LETTERS: Stop the lottery; do-nothing Congress; license for immigrants

Stop the lottery

I was glad to read the Texas lottery may be phased out by the state Legislature (“Lawmaker panel will soon review Texas lottery,” Sunday).

As a Christian, I am opposed to all state-sponsored forms of gambling.

Those who most frequently spend money on the lotteryare often those who can least afford it. Imagine how many fewer children would go hungry if the lottery were eliminated. Rather than buying lottery tickets, credit card debt could be paid; savings could gain interest. The lottery is a self-selected tax on the poor.

Though replacing lottery revenue is a question I can’t answer, I believe elimination of the lottery would promote the most good for the people of Texas.

— Mark Blake, Flower Mound

Do-nothing Congress

Several weeks ago, Congresswoman Kay Granger announced she would be conducting hearings in the Rio Grande Valley before considering legislation dealing with our immigrant crisis.

The result from her work: Nothing. Congress couldn’t bring itself to pass anything. (The House finally passed a bill after the Senate had adjourned for the summer.)

Of course, Granger and the other members of Congress are now enjoying a five-week break before returning to Washington briefly in September, then taking another extended break.

What is my point?

Congresswoman Granger and the rest of Congress should be ashamed for collecting a salary while they choose to do absolutely nothing. She can’t even get anything done when she personally identifies the problem.

I believe it is time for voters in District 12 to replace Granger. She has demonstrated repeatedly that she intends to do no work and hope that no one will notice.

— John R. Morris, Fort Worth

President on his own

At a point when House Republicans failed to agree in passing their own border security bill, they issued a statement encouraging the president to act.

Aren’t they suing him for doing just that?

— John D. Middleton, Hurst

License for immigrants

The Aug. 2 Associated Press story, “Immigrants issued documents,” says Colorado is the eighth state in the country to issue driver’s licenses and identification cards to legal or illegal immigrants.

The legislation is apropos given the fact so many immigrants work in all phases of industry without some sort of documentation.

Texas should take the initiative to join Colorado in lifting the restrictions on the millions of Mexicans who work here and grant them driver’s licenses if they pass the test. Then they could also purchase car insurance, since they currently drive with or without the benefit of a license.

— Delores Cantrell, Fort Worth

Don’t ‘fix’ VA system

The true scandal concerning the Veterans Affairs hospital system is not that it is broken but that they are are going to waste billions of dollars to “fix” it.

As a physician, I have wondered for 40 years why the VA exists.

Why is the federal government trying to duplicate a hospital system that already exists and functions far more efficiently than the VA? Billions are invested in hospitals, administrators (at multiple levels), staffing, underutilized physicians and property maintenance to deliver a service that could be supplied by providing health insurance to veterans and allowing them to obtain care in the existing healthcare system.

I have dealt with too many unfortunate realities of the inadequacies of the VA hospital system: inadequate care, delayed care, premature deaths.

Stonewalling is the motto of the VA’s system. I was once told that the patient’s demise would be the most cost-efficient outcome and I should just stand down.

— Charles Andrews,

Fort Worth

Making the papers

How long will it be until I read about former TCU football player Devonte Fields in the paper again?

People who exhibit behavior like what he is accused of will be back in the public eye — and not on the sports page.

How sad.

— Nat Fralia, Fort Worth


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