Letters to the Editor

Washington, Jefferson statues in danger?; Free press a threat to Trump; Anxiety at Keller schools; Help the Dreamers succeed; Some fear health coverage cuts.

A statue of Jefferson Davis in Statuary Hall in D.C.
A statue of Jefferson Davis in Statuary Hall in D.C. AP

Washington, Jefferson statues in danger?

The push to remove all Confederate memorials has progressed to the point of wanting to remove slave owners Washington and Jefferson. We we weaken ourselves by removing our history, judging the past by today’s standards.

I wonder what people in the future will think about the “heroes” of abortion; Margaret Sanger, Planned Parenthood; Justice Harry Blackmun, champion of Roe vs. Wade; and others. There are many who honor them and dishonor Confederates. Seems to be a lot of hypocrisy going around these days.

Curt Lampkin, Azle

Free press a threat to Trump

During the ’70s Watergate political scandal, it seems to me that there were three critically important elements necessary to expose the wrongdoing — one or more courageous whistleblowers; an independent and free press and an independent criminal investigation.

These parties faced varying degrees of resistance early in the investigation from people determined to protect the president and their access to power, at the expense of the country at large.

In a similar fashion, President Trump is keenly aware of the threat posed to him by an independent free press and by an independent criminal investigation, and I don’t think that it’s a coincidence that he and many Republican enablers in Congress are doing everything they can to attack and to delegitimize an independent free press and the special counsel investigation.

Jeffrey J. Brown,

Fort Worth

Help the Dreamers succeed

The future of 700,000 young people, brought to this country at 6 years old on average, shouldn’t be used as a bargaining tool in debate over border security and immigration. The average DREAMer’s age is now 25.

Our country is the only home that these young people know. They graduated from our schools; befriended our children/grandchildren; served/died in our military; performed honorably in various careers; and have lower incarceration rates than U.S.-born Americans of the same age/education level.

Please contact your U.S. representative and senator. Request they pass legislation that provides DREAMers a permanent, secure, home in the country they have lived in, identified with, and loved, since early childhood.

Elaine F. Allan, Granbury

Anxiety at Keller schools

Listen up, all you childish “my way or the highway” name-calling, let-me-stick-my-nose-into-your-business so-called adults out there of whatever political persuasion, position or opinion group. ([Keller schools] “Students are ‘crippled by anxiety,’ ” Jan. 26)

You have created such a hostile and threatening social environment that it has become necessary for schools to address the issue of kids “crippled by anxiety.”

The world you have made is apparently scaring kids to death. Take a breath, step back, get a grip and think about what you say, how you say it and is it really worth all the trauma.

Jack D’Amario,

Granbury

Some fear health coverage cuts

In the coming weeks, Republican leaders in Congress will advance their agenda for 2018. Many Republicans, including President Trump, are threatening another push to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and cut Medicaid this year.

Since the ACA went into effect, the percentage of Texans without health coverage has dropped by 30 percent, and data shows more than 1.1 million Texans enrolled in ACA health coverage for 2018.

In Texas, Medicaid provides health coverage to over 4 million children, pregnant women, seniors and people with disabilities.

Reducing federal funds or capping Medicaid spending would limit Texas’ ability to respond to health costs.

Instead of threatening health care, Sens. Ted Cruz and John Cornyn should support bipartisan solutions to expand coverage.

Patrick Bresette, Austin

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