Tablet Opinion

Letters: Homeland insecurity; dodging blame; trust fund

Homeland insecurity

Last month my husband and I vacationed in Galveston for a week.

We took the free ferry to Bolivar Peninsula one day. Homeland Security searched our car before entering the ferry.

In light of a fugitive being captured on the beach on the Bolivar Peninsula, my question is, do Homeland Security officers around the country get daily updates on most-wanted fugitives?

If not, they should. Obviously a most-wanted fugitive slipped through the agency that we Americans entrust with securing our daily safety. Very scary.

— Lynne Harmon, Fort Worth

Dodging blame

The Star-Telegram headline says, “Obama acknowledges mistakes on militants.”

However, in the article he says, “Our head of the intelligence community Jim Clapper has acknowledged that, I think, they underestimated what had been taking place in Syria,” and “rebutted critics who say his refusal to intervene more directly in the Syrian civil war ... created conditions that allowed the rise of the Islamic State.”

He lays the blame on someone else... Always.

Will the president ever learn that the country’s low esteem of his performance is a clear indication that no one believes a thing he says or does?

— Don Phillips, Fort Worth

Slush fund

It seems the Texas Enterprise Fund is nothing more than a taxpayer-financed slush fund for the elected elite in Austin to give money away to their friends and cronies.

— Michael E. Holland, Fort Worth

Cuban sandwich crisis

We’re on the brink of a full-fledged Cuban Sandwich Crisis!

Cary Darling’s reporting (See: “Around the world in 80 meals,” Friday, Sept. 26) on the Cuban sandwich was missing the key ingredient: The true home of the Cuban Sandwich is the Ybor City area of Tampa, not Miami as his story might suggest.

More than a century ago, before Miami was Miami, the Tampa area was thriving and Ybor City cigar-factory workers (Spaniards, Italians and Cubans) were making and chowing down on “mixto” sandwiches, the original proto-Cuban sandwich. And it was a lot like today’s Cuban sandwich.

A proper Cuban is: Cuban bread (also a Tampa original) with mustard, sour pickles, Swiss cheese, mojo pork, sweet ham, Genoa salami as the top layer and mashed in a hot press so the salami fat melts over the other ingredients. A Cuban must be pressed. In fact, in Ybor City, before the electric press, they used a tailor’s iron.

I’m sure all those restaurants make a very delicious sandwich. They do. I’ve been to a few of them.

But chili aioli? “Pink sauce”? Mojito sauce? ¡Dios mío!

With ingredients like those, it’s just not a Tampa-style, original Cuban sandwich.

— Ross Bannister, Grapevine

Qualified candidate

Greg Abbott’s new scandal: Failing to follow Texas state law by not performing monthly inspections of state accounts, and receiving at least $1.4 million in contributions from some of the beneficiaries of the Texas Enterprise Fund that didn’t even submit applications for the millions they received.

Given his selective enforcement of child support and voter fraud cases, we can only imagine how unethical and immoral Abbott will behave if he becomes our governor.

I refuse to consider Abbott in our upcoming gubernatorial election.

We have a real conservative to select: Kathie Glass. Check out her stand on the issues and you’ll find that she is the Texan who is best qualified to be our next governor!

— Fred Jones, Abilene

18-wheeler problem

After reading and hearing on TV about the problems caused by 18-wheelers, I want to share my experience on Interstate 30 in late June on a Saturday morning.

My friend and I were returning from a Rhodes Scholar program in Arkansas. At Texarkana we started counting 18-wheelers we met or passed.

For two hours until we stopped in Greenville, we counted 700 18-wheelers.

Our conversation was limited to, “I can’t believe this,” or “Did you count that red one?”

We’ll be driving to Alabama on Interstate 20 next spring and will count them again.

— Betty Hairston, Fort Worth


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