Letters to the Editor

School food; no to vouchers; Josh is back

Students eat lunch at Washington Heights Elementary in Fort Worth.
Students eat lunch at Washington Heights Elementary in Fort Worth. Star-Telegram

School food

In 2004, then-Texas Agriculture Commissioner Susan Combs drove a plan to ban deep fat fryers and soda machines in Texas schools. Now the new commissioner voted in last fall, Sid Miller, would like to leave it up to local school districts whether or not they would like to have them.

Combs says this is a mistake, considering the rise in childhood obesity and the government’s attempt to combat it. I would say her policy was in place for a decade and children continued to get fat, so I don’t think it is the food.

My guess is during that same time period physical education classes were reduced or the ability to opt out was made easier.

I am all for children eating healthy food, but also think local districts’ tastes and customs should choose what they want in their schools.

It isn’t what is going in children’s stomachs as much as it is what is not coming out of their pores: sweat!

— Patrick Roso, Arlington

No to vouchers

As a taxpayer, business owner, and public school supporter, I appreciate legislative actions that help raise the education level for all children. Unfortunately, Texas Senate Bill 4 seems to be more about what corporations have to gain in tax credits than parents will gain in choice.

The outcome from this bill will take money away from the already underfunded public school system and allow corporations to donate up to half of their payments in state business taxes to educational nonprofit organizations. This appears to position corporations as the “choice makers,” and potentially allows select students to benefit, rather than raise the educational resources for all Texas students.

SB 4 is a step toward a privatization of education at the taxpayer’s expense. We should all be alarmed. The state laws intended for public education are not applicable to private schools. Our Texas constitution specifies our obligation to fund public education. As we, its citizens, have an obligation to ensure that this constitutional obligation is met.

We must focus on the state’s future by protecting the strength of Texas public schools. It is important that we speak up and remind our legislators of the real impact this issue has on our community and students.

— Anne Davis-Simpson, Northwest ISD school board member,

Northlake

Josh is back

As Josh Hamilton makes his return to the Rangers, one can only hope his challenges outside of baseball will get back on track.

As baseball fans, we did not appreciate the parting comments or some of what looked like less than 100 percent effort near the end of the first tenure. As Rangers fans, we will cheer him as he takes the field again, root for him as he tries to return to what was a brilliant career and hope that our hometown Rangers will put a great product on the field.

As for the personal challenges, Rangers fans have kept him in our prayers. We all face challenges and hate to see anyone fail in their attempt to overcome them.

Texans pray and understand that success in life is far more important than a high batting average or a World Series ring. Welcome Home Josh!

— Eric Grunor, Denton

Correction

Columnist Richard Greene has not written about the Arlington mayor race for the Star-Telegram. A reference to Greene’s column in a Tuesday letter was incorrect.

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