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Letters: Best ad ever; quarantine not incarceration; election lesson

Best ad ever

I don’t live in the 13th U.S. Congressional District (Wichita Falls-Amarillo area) but I heard a Mac Thornberry re-election campaign message on the radio last weekend.

He talked about the importance of voting and America’s unique position in the world. It was positive, uplifting and made me proud to be an American.

He never attacked or even mentioned his opponent or the Obama administration. It was the classiest campaign ad I ever heard.

It’s too bad other politicians can’t follow his lead, instead of insulting our intelligence by subjecting us to a constant barrage of mudslinging, scare tactics and half-truths.

— James Withaeger, Arlington

Quarantine not incarceration

While a 21-day voluntary at-home quarantine may be disruptive and even very inconvenient, Connie Lefler’s attempt, in her Saturday letter, to correlate it to the forced relocation and incarceration of American citizens for over three years is hyperbolic nonsense that ignores the gross differences between the two.

There is absolutely nothing that is similar about these two situations.

My family would gladly have exchanged 21 days at home for the three- and- one-half years they had to spend in the tar paper barracks of Jerome, Ark., and Tule Lake, Calif., after being forced to give up their businesses and homes.

— Robert Kai, Keller

Election lesson

After working another long day at the polls, I would like to offer some commonsense advice.

Please check on your voter status weeks before an election. Your registration is not always automatic with your driver’s license renewal.

If you are new to Texas, make yourself an informed voter on many levels. The rules are different in every state.

During the two weeks of early voting, you can vote in any polling location in your county. On Election Day, you must vote in your neighborhood precinct. That information is available online and in the local newspaper.

I’ve often thought that working at the polls should be similar to jury duty, and everyone should be recruited at least once so they appreciate the effort that goes into our wonderful democracy. Voting is a privilege.

Lastly, this election just demonstrates what kind of government money can buy. I had hoped to see some new faces, fresh ideas and more of a concern for our environment, education and the poor and elderly.

I know that Jesus did preach about jobs, jobs, jobs, according to some elected officials, but I think our priorities should be with creating possibilities for our young people in a clean state.

— Colleen Butterfield, Grapevine

Texas can do better

The voting-age population of Texas is over 16 million.

Less than five million bothered to vote. About three million cast their vote for Greg Abbott, which means that a whopping 19 percent of eligible voters elected the governor.

Way to go, Texas.

— John D. Middleton, Hurst

The Pope is Catholic

The Pope is not only Catholic, but this one is actually more Christ-like.

We have had many good, great popes even, in the past, but I’m certain that history will show that Francis will be one of the best.

So many conservative Catholics are not fans of his because he is doing something new; he is showing the world the image of Christ that so many other popes in the past have not.

Many popes only showed the hard-edged administration that so much of the faithful are comforted with. Francis is showing the life he’s lead which is one of being more Christ-like and pastoral than hard-line Catholics care for.

His main problem seems to stem from the conservative Catholic faithful who have made the Roman Catholic Church, and everything that has developed from it through the centuries, their god.

Being Catholic myself, I’ve seen how so many have focused only on the salvific act of Christ’s crucifixion and have either forgotten, or never knew in the beginning, the Lord’s personality and the issues he taught us in the gospels.

Francis knows that you have to be in dialogue first with people to reach them, not by driving them away.

— Larry Peplinski, Fort Worth


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