He's still your president
A recent letter writer compared President Trump to a senior officer in the military and Congress to a junior officer who didn't salute him.
An even cursory examination of the Constitution reveals our government consists of three separate and equal branches. The president is commander-in-chief of the armed forces but not of civilians. There is no requirement for civilians to salute a tin pot dictator "wannabe" — at least not yet.
Gail McCoy, Fort Worth
Hybrid-type tax seems fair
The article “Replacing property taxes, Feb. 11,” points out the difficulty of fairly raising the funds through property and sales taxes. The premise, however, seemed flawed to “eliminate” property taxes.
Short of a state income tax, which would be a disaster, a hybrid of sales taxes and property taxes would seem fair. All property owners and all purchasers of current goods would have “skin in the game.” Some would say that’s regressive, but sales tax is elective and can be managed, whereas property taxes stifle community growth and mobility, discouraging new owners and tethering our citizens to their current properties.
Some modest property taxes are now expected, but many resemble another mortgage! Time to fix.
Lee S. Anderson,
No Trump parade, please
President Trump's request for a military parade should be recognized as a total waste of taxpayer's money. Military personnel have MUCH better things to do than be forced to participate in Trump's desire to match his icon's May Day parade in Moscow's Red Square
Michael L. Mulhern, Arlington
Methane or mustard gas?
To the reader who wrote that President Trump is stronger than mustard gas, I would remind him that mustard gas stinks and it kills. Sticking to gaseous descriptions, I would say that Trump is like methane gas. It emanates from piles of manure, human digestion and from decomposition in swamplands, particularly those in Washington, D.C.
Ruby Henley, North Richland Hills
Do we really need more nukes?
I have grave concerns over the proposed changes in U.S. nuclear weapons policy. I strongly urge my elected officials to stand against these proposals and spending plans.
As a mother, I can confidently say that no decent mother or father wants their children growing up with more weapons, especially those whose sole purpose is to fight nuclear wars. It sends the wrong message to our children. Plus, it's outrageous to spend more than $1 trillion in the coming years rebuilding our nuclear weapons when we already have some, and there are so many other pressing needs.
Since the end of the Cold War, Democrats and Republicans have successfully worked to reduce the role and number of U.S. nuclear weapons, making the world a safer place. Let us not undo that progress and make the world a much more dangerous place and put all of humanity at risk.
Ronda Evartt, Fort Worth