Texas patriots: Illegal immigrants?
A reader wrote: “If an immigrant has not received legal resident status or citizenship…he or she is here illegally. …he or she is subject to deportation. What part of that concept is too difficult to understand?”
Texas was once part of Mexico, which banned immigration from the U.S. in 1830. Travis, Crockett and many others ignored the law and came anyway.
So according to the reader’s definition, many of Texas’ founders were illegal immigrants.
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Taking his concept one step further, I suppose when they took up arms against Mexico they became “enemy combatants”?
I would be happy to have a simple immigration policy, but “simple is, as simple does,” my grandmother once told me.
David M. Sanderford, Granbury
Driving you crazy
I find it quite funny that the local media outlets and your own newspaper reported that there was going to be a gas shortage. Everyone rushed to get gas because what you reported.
Then, the next day WFAA chastised consumers for waiting on long lines to get gas.
Stop taking advantage of your readers!
Lynne Harmon, Fort Worth
Honor slaves’ emancipators
Those who say Confederate statues are only about honoring history are correct: It’s the history of slavery.
In the 1800s, 450,000 Africans were abducted from different tribes and placed on slave ships where they were shackled in a crouched position along with 700 other men women and children for two to four months, without sunlight, fresh air, clean water or sanitation.
One in five slaves would die from beatings or diseases before reaching America. Those not already branded would then be auctioned off, with many family members going to different plantations, where sadly half of those remaining would die in their first year of servitude, if they weren’t lucky enough to escape by underground railroad.
So why aren’t there statues honoring those who freed the slaves instead of those who enslaved them?
Sharon Austry, Fort Worth
Why did Perry wait so long?
I’m glad about the no-texting-while-driving law, but why did so many people have to die before it was passed? I lost any respect that I had for Rick Perry when he vetoed that law. How would he have felt if someone he loved had died because of texting while driving. Anyone with common sense knows how dangerous it is.
If it had been illegal, many people would have continued to text and drive, thinking they wouldn’t get caught. But a lot of people wouldn’t have, just because it was illegal.
Jordana Harkins, Fort Worth
Civil rights for LGBTQ lacking?
A recent letter to the editor decried a supposed lack of civil rights for gay and lesbian Americans (Aug. 25, 13A).
I must say that I am not aware of any laws that treat LGBT any differently from other citizens. Between us, my wife and I have many gay friends, relatives and business associates. From our perspective they have succeeded in business and the arts far above many of our other friends.
We welcome them to our home because they are literate, pleasant, gracious and down-to-earth.
I am sorry that the letter writer has been exposed to such violence that he must get counseling. I would note that the gays we know do not frequent gay bars or wear the big gay badge every day. My gay friends keep their sex lives to themselves, just as most straight folks do. What one accomplishes for others will always be remembered more than one’s personal life.
Winston Barney, Fort Worth
If the media says jump ...
The Star-Telegram is guilty of reckless and dangerous reporting. Now people are panicking and lining up just because the media has told them to.
Thanks for the panic.
Larry Fuller, Keller