Letters to the Editor

A fond farewell to George H.W. Bush, who served us well

Compiled by the Star-Telegram editorial board

The flag-draped casket of former President George H.W. Bush passes through Magnolia, Texas, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, along the route from Spring to College Station, Texas.
The flag-draped casket of former President George H.W. Bush passes through Magnolia, Texas, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, along the route from Spring to College Station, Texas. AP

A shutdown would do us some good

On Nov. 18, the Star-Telegram published a story saying that President Donald Trump had decided that if he doesn’t get the money for the border wall, he would shut down the government. (11A, “Trump says it’s ‘a very good time’ for a shutdown”) I hope he does.

The Federation for American Immigration Reform estimates that our country has more than 12 million illegal immigrants. These people use services our government pays for. The poor taxpayers have enough burden as it is. Maybe if Trump shut down the government, it would wake up Democrats and they’d start working with the president instead of against him.

In the past our two parties would work together, but Democrats don’t want that anymore. They are interested only in saying “no” to everything.

When Barack Obama was in office he let this country go down the drain, and Democrats praised him for it.

Recently a judge revoked Trump’s immigration orders. I think that judge should support those people coming into our country, along with the many millions we already have here.

Wanda Baker,


Three examples of good leadership

George H.W. Bush was such a great father, husband, and patriot that he could have been the model for Jim Anderson on the TV show “Father Knows Best.”

With the passing of John McCain and Bush 41, we’re losing more than just role models, but two legs of the triangle: men who lived heroically, defending our nation, and were professionals of the “old school.” The other leg is Bob Dole.

And just imagine, I’m a lifelong Democrat, but I think these three represent everything that is good in life.

I thought the eulogies we heard at his funeral service were eloquent — the perfect mix that illustrated the humanity of the man and leader. And I thought President George W. Bush showed real class when he passed the cough drop to Michelle.

Where is this kinder, caring America?

Tony Zurlo,


A worthy place in history earned

We mourn the passing of former President George H.W. Bush, a member of the “Greatest Generation” and last World War II veteran to be commander in chief. He and wife Barbara were the longest-married couple in presidential history — a true American Love Story.

He was the navy’s youngest World War II bomber pilot in the Pacific Ocean theater and a decorated World War II hero, earning the Distinguished Flying Cross for 58 combat missions.

He was a true humanitarian. His rhetoric was low, and above all he was a fierce patriot, in love with country and wife. The longest-lived president, father of a president and father of a governor of Florida. He celebrated four birthdays skydiving at 75, 80, 85 and 90.

As Susan Ford Bales, President Gerald Ford’s daughter, summed it up: “America has lost an extraordinary embodiment of leadership, integrity and resolve.”

Rest in peace, President Bush. You’ve passed the litmus test of life. Now join your beloved wife.

Dee Cantrell,

Fort Worth

Who is running the Cowboys show?

Dak Prescott scored a rushing touchdown on Thanksgiving to give the Cowboys an 18-point lead. And Ezekiel Elliott essentially wiped it out by picking Prescott up and putting him in the Salvation Army bucket — an action he knew would result in a 15 yard penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct.

With a shortened field because of the penalty and a decent run back (something that almost certainly wouldn’t have happened when kickoff touchbacks are nearly a given), Washington scored a touchdown in about two minutes while there were about 10 minutes left in the game — the most important game of the season at that point.

Coach Jason Garrett has zero control.

S.R. DeWees,