Will Texas ever have an income tax?
A letter writer’s thoughts on financing government programs (“Time to try an income tax?”) should raise eyebrows — and red flags — on several points.
The writer proposes an income tax to fund our government, a process that relies upon failed Rust Belt thinking. It never produces enough revenue for the services and programs citizens demand.
Proponents seem not to realize this would not only add another layer of bureaucracy to raise money for our schools, but also will have to raise money to pay its own way.
Texas is one of the few states that does not levy this tax burden on its citizens.
James R. Cooke,
State prison horror stories
Your article “Why are there still inhumane conditions in the state prison systems?” is so true.
For the past 13 years, I’ve been writing to the girls in Texas prisons, and I’ve heard horror stories.
Last summer, some of the girls were taking showers, then they put on their PJs and wore them to bed because it was so hot in their cells they wouldn’t sleep.
The worst letter I ever got was about eight years ago. The girl I was writing usually answered by letter fairly quickly. I hadn’t heard from her in over two months and wondered what happened.
I finally got a letter from her, and she said she passed out from the heat and was blue when they picked her up and thought she was dead, but they took her to the TDCJ hospital in Galveston. She was later paroled.
A prison ministry worker said: “They made a mistake, but God still loves them, and so should we.”
Wanda Baker, Burleson
Back when the GOP opposed Russia
Remember when the GOP was against Vladimir Putin and the oligarchs and for the FBI and the Department of Justice?
And when cheating on wives and sexual harassment and obvious incessant lying were all bad?
Ahhh ... the good ol’ days.
Blake K. Wallace, Arlington
Do what’s good for our country
A recent letter writer said, “If the goal of the Democrats is to work for the people, serve the people and vote with the people, they’ll stand a much better chance.”
That’s very true, but the same holds true for the Republicans.
As a nation, we’ve somehow moved from patriotism to tribalism — what’s good for our political party is suddenly more important than what’s good for our country.
We need to get beyond political parties and focus on what’s right for all of us. If we can do that, we can find common ground.
Mike Coticchio, Grapevine
Support National Donor Day
Valentine’s Day holds another, lesser-known distinction. It’s National Donor Day, which raises awareness for organ, eye, tissue, marrow, platelet and blood donations.
On a day set aside to express love for another person, National Donor Day can make a lifesaving difference. About 116,000 men, women and children are on the organ transplant waiting list. Consider registering as an organ donor.
Learn more about organ donation at www.organdonor.gov.
Princess D. Jackson,