Tablet Opinion

Letters: Missing benefits; a soldier’s story; Ebola czar

Missing benefits

I totally agree with Roy Housewright’s letter from Oct. 23.

Texas is only one of 13 states that deny teachers their full Social Security benefits.

I was employed in the public school system for 18 years and worked in the public sector for over 14 years, but my SS benefits are reduced by the Government Pension Offset Act.

— Lavada McDaniel, Granbury

A soldier’s story

Am I the only person in America who wants to hear from Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl?

Surely there is an investigative journalist out there who wants to know why he went AWOL! Why is he being allowed to “walk away into the sunset” without explaining himself?

How sad it is that Americans have such short memories and do not demand accountability? The death of outrage is becoming more and more apparent in this country!

— Angela Benvenuto, Arlington

Ebola Czar

So President Obama has named Ron Klein as his “Ebola czar,” even though we have effective positions in Center for Disease Control, Department of Defense and Department of Health and Human Services.

Just another position for Obama to blame should things not go correctly and another bout with expanding government. Who’s paying his salary?

Next we’ll see a czar for influenza, affluenza and who knows what else. Is there a category in impeachment labeled incompetent?

— Dale Niedbalski, Crowley

Get rid of Reid

The main reason that the U.S. Senate should become Republican is to eliminate Harry Reid as majority leader.

Reid uses the Senate floor to tell lies and slander others, but he can’t be sued.

He represents a state where a woman`s body is a legal business.

In 2007, he said Obama is “light-skinned” and does not use a “Negro dialect” unless he wants to.

He bashed a Nuclear Regulatory Commission member, an African-American, who disagreed with Reid on a proposed storage site in Nevada.

He made fun of Justice Clarence Thomas and has mocked Asian names.

It seems he likes women and minorities as long as they are liberals.

— Thomas R. McGlasson,

Fort Worth

Poor comparison

People who compare the seriousness of the Ebola virus and the flu totally miss the mark.

First, there are vaccines for preventing the flu that can be found worldwide. Its mortality rate is much lower.

Second, Ebola is a regional medical issue. We have the capability to keep it regional.

By not closing our borders to that area we are at risk of bringing it here.

By the CDC’s own admission in testimony before a congressional subcommittee, a visitor could show no signs of the disease until they are here as was the case with Eric Duncan.

We currently have approximately 1,000 potential cases coming into the country weekly.

There isn’t an approved vaccine for Ebola. Everything is “experimental,” at best, and they are still talking weeks to months before trials or even contracts are awarded.

The mortality rate is now at 70 percent.

The CDC’s reliance on commercial airlines poses additional risks to passengers, employees, medical personnel and others.

The refusal to use chartered flights where more can be carried where and when needed confuses me and others.

— Richard Lilly, Haltom City

Vote for the kids

The Birdville ISD has proven to be a good steward of our tax dollars and has one of the highest approval ratings in the state.

Once again, it’s time for us to show our support of this great leadership and vote for the BISD school bond referendum on Nov. 4.

The way to help our kids get a good education is to provide them with the right learning environment.

This means better schools with today’s technology and with a smaller student-to-teacher ratios.

We want the most for our kids and our grandchildren. We can do that by voting yes for the Birdville school bond. Vote for our kids.

— Billy Parks,

North Richland Hills

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