We’re No. 1 — in maternal mortality
According to the Star-Telegram, a University of Maryland study last year found Texas had the highest maternal mortality rate in the U.S. and ranked among the highest in the developed world.
Not only do we rank No. 1 in maternal mortality rate, we also rank right at the top for infant mortality rate. Children in Texas die before a first birthday at a rate greater than almost any industrialized nation.
So how can we maintain our No. 1 status? How about shutting down more clinics that provide human reproductive health services? How about refusing federal funds to expand Medicaid services for the poor? After all, being poor in Texas is a sin. What better punishment is there for sin than death? And we need a catchy slogan for our state. Why don’t we call ourselves “Texas — the Pro-Life State?”
Larry Mason, Azle
Props for Taylor, ‘All Lives Matter’
I would like to commend Beau Taylor for “All Lives Matter.” What concerns me about the "Black Lives Matter" organization is that it never seems to concern them when black children are hurt and even killed in drive-by shootings by gang members.
There are good and bad people of all races. If we all practice our Christian values, we will have better relations with all people. We all came from Noah and his family. I believe that our skin color was due to where we all ended up on the Earth. We’re all “children of God.”
Freedom Caucus shows childish side
The members of the Texas Freedom Caucus have taken a small respite from constantly causing trouble in our Legislature, and have brought their childish antics to cyberspace.
State Reps. Jonathan Stickland, Tony Tinderholt and Matt Rinaldi (among other staffers, supporters, and trolls) have decided to launch a “Mean Girls”-style attack on Steve Riddell, who is running to unseat Stickland. They have decided to use precious time to give one-star ratings to Steve Riddell’s campaign Facebook page. I was an elementary school teacher for several years, and I don’t know if my former students could successfully match this level of immaturity.
Do our Mid-Cities and DFW residents deserve representatives who will stoop to trolling those who might actually offer solutions to the issues facing our area? Maybe they should do less of that, and instead, listen to their constituents.
Deena Crawford, Hurst
Bathrooms get complicated
I would give a year off my long life to have seen the expression on your face when the wedding party bride joined you in the men’s restroom at that upscale San Francisco steakhouse (“Bathroom blues, Aug. 3 Letters to the Editor”)
(What choice did she have as guest of honor but to break ranks and chose the road less traveled when she saw that familiar long line at the other place?)
One of the last long lines I stood in before moving to Texas was at a symphony when some courageous gentlemen were directing traffic during intermission. He told women when the men’s restroom was empty, and told men when they should wait. I’m told the powers that be have greatly enlarged the invader’s facility. Protesting can be fun.
Bette Jensen, Bedford