Letters to the Editor

Saying goodbye to George H.W. Bush and the example he set

Compiled by the Star-Telegram editorial board

Air Force TSgt. Mason Wilmore and his daughter Nevaeh Wilmore, 8, from Fort Meade, Md. pay their last respects to former President George H.W. Bush as he lay in state at the U.S. Capitol.
Air Force TSgt. Mason Wilmore and his daughter Nevaeh Wilmore, 8, from Fort Meade, Md. pay their last respects to former President George H.W. Bush as he lay in state at the U.S. Capitol. AP

It’s just a name, if you think about it

A letter writer Saturday thinks Rep. Beto O’Rourke should drop his nickname and embrace the “more mature and manly name of Robert.” (9A) Does she not know that Sen. Rafael Edward Cruz goes by “Ted”?

Anne Clements,

Fort Worth

A black eye for all of Texas

It is so very sad to see rank religious prejudice playing out here in north Texas and projected onto the world stage. Just the image Texas needs, eh?

How long before all of us understand the obvious? The United States is a multicultural nation and becoming more so every day. That’s a good thing, and always has been. It’s the source of the American twin spirits of innovation and liberation.

Isn’t it interesting how the American Muslim community has been far less violent than the general population? And good citizens to boot.

Come on, people, diversity is strength. Judge people by their social and familial fruits, not their faith.

Richard Warren,

Fort Worth

I call this an armed invasion

As for the United States not using tear gas on children, when young men and teenage boys rush a legal border, find a hole in the fence and rush through that hole, it is now an invasion.

Didn’t these young men and teenage boys throw rocks at Border Patrol agents? (Dec. 1, 14A, “DHS asks to keep US troops at Mexican border”) That’s assault with a deadly weapon. They are lucky they just got tear gas.

And why did the 7,000 or so migrants go all the way to California to ask for asylum? Isn’t Texas closer? New Mexico? Arizona? Oh, Hollywood and the Los Angeles media are in California, so sympathetic press coverage is almost guaranteed.

As for these immigrants needing asylum, what’s wrong with asking for asylum from Mexico? Oh, wait, Mexico doesn’t have enough jobs for its own people. But that’s another letter.

Gary R. Swanzy,

Fort Worth

Not worth the paper it’s printed on

Let’s see — an attempted invasion ongoing at our border and a trade agreement under discussion with two of our largest partners, and what do we get on the front page? Our sports columnist/wannabe pundit pontificating on “Hook ’Em Horns” minutia. (Nov. 29, 1A, “Sorry, Longhorns: Hook ’Em should now be a 15-yard penalty, too”) You’ve got to be kidding.

Joseph Ansley,

Fort Worth

If only they would follow his example

Unquestionably, those who eulogized George H.W. Bush on Monday as representatives of Congress and the presidential administration admired the man and what he stood for. It would be game changing if only one or two of them would try to emulate his life by putting country over party. Don’t hold your breath.

Bill Lynch,

Arlington

We all see things differently

If you are wondering why, with Arlington businesses showing such strong approval of the work of the city, a majority of voters in last month’s election decided that the local government should be radically changed, remember that the voting groups are dissimilar. Their perspectives are unique to their groups.

This raises another question in my mind: Why was the City Council not prepared for the election with a petition of its own regarding term limits? People in Arlington could well see this action coming.

Understanding and respecting different populations is critical.

Kay Keglovits,

Arlington

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