Tablet Opinion

Letters: Unfair assertion; Real reason for base; Why we teach

Unfair assertion

With the loss of a loved one, there are so many emotions involved. Likewise, there are so many questions: “what if this was done” or “what if that was not done?”

As a retired nurse, I have seen this and experienced it personally in the loss of a loved one.

However, the statement made by a Thomas Eric Duncan relative that “all the white Ebola patients in the U.S. survived and the one black man died,” does not fit in the “what if he were white” question.

Having worked in the healthcare field, I have seen patients with the same illness respond to treatment and others not be as successful. And not all treatment is recommended for every patient with a life-threatening illness.

I have a question: When Duncan took his landlord’s very ill pregnant daughter to a facility for treatment in Africa, she was refused treatment. Was it because she was black? I think not.

— Elsie Koppa, Crowley

Real reason for base

Over the years I’ve attended reserve drill and deployed to war from Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth.

In fact, I well remember the day my unit moved from NAS Dallas to the former Air Force base known as Carswell. It was a good move and seemed perfect for all the right reasons. The base has great facilities, and it’s well suited to the roll of a huge reserve base.

One day I noticed F-16 fighter jets rolling out from the other side of the base, the side from which Lockheed-Martin produces fighters for our military and more importantly for foreign sales.

I then realized why Carswell became JRB Fort Worth. In a huge move of corporate welfare, Carswell was saved under the guise of military efficiency.

What would Lockheed-Martin do without the public picking up the dime for the airstrip? Let’s call JRB what it really is, a gift to corporate profit and military arms sales on the backs of the taxpayer.

— James Harper, Fort Worth

Why we teach

I take umbrage at Kay Keglovits’s letter, “Considering schools.”

She assumes that teachers of today are less than intelligent. There is so much wrong with her assessment.

As a former teacher, I chose my profession because I love children, and I wanted to teach them.

Salary and lack of respect for the profession were disadvantages but did not in any way influence my choice.

Teaching is a calling, not merely an occupation. The majority of teachers are in the profession for love of children and love of their calling. And most are good at what they do, in spite of all the stuff that gets thrown their way.

Simply because a person majored in math does not mean they will be good at conveying the information. Knowledge that cannot transfer into “how-to” is useless.

Teachers have quite enough on their plates without an armchair quarterback spouting opinion and criticizing them. Teachers’ hands are tied because of state law and state practices.

Reform the system from the root, but don’t disparage the teachers.

— Rachel McCasland, Keller

Not a ‘water girl’

In response to Sue Williams’ Thursday letter, the lady attached to Gary Patterson’s hip is an athletic trainer. And she is exactly where she needs to be.

One of her functions is to provide water to the coach, but her main function at that time is to keep the players hydrated, to keep them from having heat stroke.

When a time-out is called, the players gather around the coach. So, that is where she needs to be.

The towel is not for the coach, but for the players.

The lady is more than a glorified “water girl.”

During the game she will be the first one to evaluate the medical condition of the players, including concussions, fractures, dehydration, etc.

Pre- and post-game, she is responsible for taping the players, applying braces, icing arms and physical therapy.

As the proud father of a student athletic trainer, I think it is important for people to understand how extensive and important their job is.

— John Minnerly,



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