Cornyn praised for gun stance
Thanks to Senator John Cornyn, who has the sense to know something needs to be done about criminals purchasing firearms and is trying to prevent it.
True, a licensed gun carrier can sometimes stop a killer from killing more people. Also true is that guns are not the problem until crazies and criminals get them, which should not happen.
If it’s true that loopholes allow anyone to purchase guns and/or arsenals, then let us pray that these loopholes are eradicated. Nobody’s trying to confiscate guns from law abiders; we want guns confiscated from non-law abiders.
Joseph Holmes, Arlington
Could millions lose health insurance?
The GOP wants to repeal the individual mandate of the ACA through the tax bill. The Congressional Budget Committee has demonstrated that millions will lose health insurance.
The GOP wants graduate students’ scholarships taxed. My son is attending a doctoral graduate program tuition-free. He is a teaching assistant earning $16,000 a year in tuition that the GOP proposes to tax as income. At $30,000 plus his job, his taxable income would be $46,000. He could not afford the taxes.
The GOP tax bill does not support Texans who pursue studies in medicine, the arts, engineering, science and environmentalism.
It is never too late to do right and join the coalition of the decent. Our senators and representatives work for us; not corporations or only the top 1 percent. 2018 is coming!.
Catherine Clark, Fort Worth
Will tax cuts trigger demand?
I believe that the the best condition of the economy is that which benefits everyone. If substantial tax reductions were granted to lower and middle-income families, instead of corporations, they would spend most of it, mainly on American-made products.
The large increase in demand ought to be sufficient incentive for corporations to invest in increased production, without major tax reductions. This would result in in a large increase in the number of new employees.
The administration’s justification for corporate tax reduction is that it will result in substantial increase in employment and benefit the economy overall. It is taking a big risk: It is uncertain that corporations will invest savings as expected.
Donald Jacobson, Fort Worth
Pray, then take action
Many people have taken offense that someone would make fun of them saying mass shooting victims are in their “thoughts and prayers.”
They’re not mocking any religious belief. They are mocking those people who admit that there is a gun problem but have rejected any attempt to solve the problem. The Jews didn’t just pray for freedom from Egypt, they got up and moved.
Jesus didn’t bless the “prayermakers,” he blessed the “peacemakers,” who did something about their society. Let’s pray for the victims and then get up and do something about gun violence.
Mark Bauer, Colleyville
War — what is it good for?
Since the end of the Vietnam War more people have been shot to death in America than in all of our wars combined. And we do nothing.
Mark Stevens, Fort Worth