Letters to the Editor

Ray Myers has nothing to apologize for in ‘white nationalist’ remarks

Compiled by the Star-Telegram editorial board

Ray Myers, center, helped run Ted Cruz’ presidential campaign and serves as a permanent member on the Texas Republican platform committee.
Ray Myers, center, helped run Ted Cruz’ presidential campaign and serves as a permanent member on the Texas Republican platform committee. Facebook

That’s not what white nationalism is

The left has attempted to attach shame to being white and patriotic since the election of Barack Obama as president. In response — and instead of marching in pink hats or stopping traffic — some fed-up conservatives have begun claiming to be “white nationalists” as a way of protest.

It wouldn’t matter what race was substituted for “white” because the definition of “nationalism” involves patriotic feelings, principles or efforts. Most importantly, white nationalism is most definitely not the twin to white supremacy any more than “brown nationalism” would be the twin to MS-13.

Perhaps it is Matt Mackowiak who should vacate his post — as GOP chairman in Travis County — if he is so unwilling to accept the difference between the two. (Dec. 7, 1A, “GOP leader wants professed white nationalist out of post”)

Vicki Tidwell,

Burleson

Their cards were on the table

Tuesday’s Oval Office meeting among President Donald Trump, incoming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer just showed that Pelosi, Schumer and the Democrats place illegal immigrants over the safety of American citizens.

Geoff C. Crewe Jr.,

Fort Worth

The continuing debate over Beto

Several recent letter writers have gone back and forth arguing about Rep. Beto O’Rourke’s nickname.

A simple Google search will lead you to a video clip of O’Rourke explaining during a televised CNN town hall meeting how he got the nickname. To wit: His parents have called him Beto from day one. In El Paso, it’s a common nickname for Robert, Albert or Roberto. So, he had nothing to do with trying to “‘Hispanicize’ himself to get more votes,” as one recent letter claimed.

Authors of letters have also debated whether it’s mandatory to win a statewide office before running for president.

Could someone tell me what statewide office President Donald Trump won? I tried a Google search, but nothing came up.

Roger Tuttle,

Fort Worth

Let’s keep Barton off the front

I am appalled by the Star-Telegram’s bogus celebratory article on outgoing U.S. Rep. Joe Barton’s widely anticipated demise as a public servant. (Dec. 9, 1B, “After 34 years, a post-scandal Joe Barton gets set to leave Congress”)

Giving some 40 paragraphs to honor the disgraced congressman, above the fold in the Local & Texas section of the paper, defies comprehension. It is illegitimate “news.”

Barton’s arrogant denial of his real tainted legacy is a blatant affront to his 6th Congressional District constituents and the rest of us. All parties at the newspaper involved in publishing this poppycock should be ashamed.

Russ Bloxom,

Arlington

How far back are we going to reach?

Comedian Kevin Hart stepped down as the host of the Academy Awards under pressure over negative comments about the gay and lesbian community years ago. And Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray apologized for homophobic comments he allegedly made when he was 15 years old.

What’s next? Are we at the point where apologies have to be issued for comments made in elementary school?

If gays and lesbians think that calling out every disparaging remark is going to help gain sympathy for their cause, they are mistaken. And the trolls who have so much time on their hands that they can check on every tweet made over the last 10 years need to get a life.

Mike Morgan,

Colleyville

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