Admirable brevity; Impose war tax; Ted Cruz’s father

Admirable brevity

U.S. Rep. Roger Williams, R-Austin, defends himself by stating, “I offered a one-word amendment” to the transportation bill. (See Nov. 20 news story “Williams blasts suggestions of conflict of interest on transit bill.”)

If that one-word amendment actually resulted in the elimination of penalties for auto dealers who might lend to a customer a vehicle with such minor deficiencies as misspelled words or peeling stickers, that would be amazing.

Congress is usually noted for providing thousands of words when one or two words would suffice.

If we actually have a brilliant congressman who can achieve such powerful clarity by the simple addition of one word, I would hope that he could be enlisted the give lessons to the rest of the representatives.

That would create such a degree of efficiency that Congress might be able to get something done, even with its reduced work schedule for this next year.

Charles Alexander,


Impose war tax

If the president and Congress decide on an all-out war effort, I hope a war tax is imposed, maybe even a progressive one, because wealthy Americans can better afford increased taxes and may have more at risk than the rest of us do.

For all previous wars, except the Bush-Cheney ones, a war tax was implemented.

This would do two things:

It would get all Americans “involved,” and it would keep the deficit from unnecessarily increasing.

It may also get the more hawkish of Americans to reconsider military action if they know it will cost them financially.

So, consider all the costs of war. Is it worth it?

Jon Van Winkle,

Fort Worth

Ted Cruz’s father

Pastor Rafael Cruz is a true American hero.

I’ve heard Pastor Cruz speak many times over the last few years.

Never once have I heard him brag about his time in Cuba.

Instead, he talks of this country and his love for it.

He warns what could happen here if we are not vigilant.

Now, of course, he mostly praises his son. Hard to argue with that.

Beryl Dowd,

North Richland Hills

Pledge and anthem

Recently John M. Crisp wrote about our Pledge of Allegiance and National Anthem and the custom of saying the pledge in school and performing the anthem before events. (“Too much anthem, too little feeling,” Sept. 23)

He warned that rote repetition leads to “habituation” when coupled with “coercion” thus diminishing the effect. Crisp suggests a pledge once a year to achieve an “impact.” Crisp also says that real patriotism requires more energy and a commitment to our responsibilities to the “American social contract.”

I believe the pledge and the anthem play a huge part in our lives from childhood to adulthood.

As most, I am often guilty of taking much for granted. I deeply appreciate brief moments to be reminded of what others have sacrificed for my freedom and for the blessings of life in America.

Those brief moments provide special times for me to explain to my grandson what a blessing it is to have the privilege to express gratitude to those who serve us now and have served us for centuries.

Our “contract” is with those men and women and is one of gratitude and respect.

Duane Victor Keilstrup, Arlington

Anyone but Trump

Whatever your political leanings are, you need to look long and hard. Do we want “The Donald” representing the United States of America as our president?

His money is not reason enough. I am not recommending anyone, just please not Trump!

June Coleman, Fort Worth