Letters to the Editor

It’s clear as day: Optometrists and ophthalmologists differ

Who could be surprised this time?

In campaigning to be president, Donald Trump pledged that if elected he would not cut Medicare or Social Security. His proposed budget would make significant cuts to both programs, which are critical to senior citizens.

These are just two more on the list of Trump lies.

Douglas Harman,

Fort Worth

So these ideas are ‘lunatic’ ones?

I don’t mind opposing views, but I do mind when an opinion writer injects his opinion as fact. First, the headline for Marc A. Thiessen’s March 16 column, “Pelosi is trying to protect Democrats from lunatic left,” parrots Thiessen’s claim that Democrats who lean left are “lunatics.” (13A)

Then he claims as truth that their suggested programs would cost more than $90 trillion without offering proof. Programs include such “terrible” things as insurance for all, publicly financed education, medical leave (wow, what a bad idea), job training and a Green New Deal, which is about goals to help curtail climate change.

Then he claims they have anti-Semitic agendas when they question the influence of Jewish PACs on government policies, and that they are promoting socialism.

Apparently, Thiessen has no problem with the billions spent on a bloated Pentagon budget, even if it might threaten cuts in Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.

Charles Clines,

North Richland Hills

Beto sounds like a threat to me

So Congress allows the president to call for grounding the Boeing 737 Max but refuses to declare the invasion of America’s southern border an emergency?

That makes about as much sense as voting for Beto O’Rourke for president.

Rick Schwab,

Fort Worth

Time to stop the death penalty

Recently, First Congregational Church, where I am senior minister, hosted Christopher Scott, who was wrongfully convicted of murder in Dallas County in 1997 and spent 13 years in prison as an innocent man.

Christopher’s testimony spoke to a justice system plagued by racial bias and human error. This is a system that cannot afford to impose an irreversible punishment such as the death penalty.

So I was heartened to read that California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s experience with a wrongfully convicted man informed his recent decision to impose a moratorium on executions in his state.

Texas has seen 13 death-row exonerations since 1987. We have executed at least four men with compelling innocence claims.

I pray Gov. Greg Abbott and the Texas Legislature follow Newsom’s lead so we can stop risking the loss of innocent lives now.

The Rev. Lee Ann Bryce,

Fort Worth

Don’t dilute patients’ safety

Recent news and commentary in the Star-Telegram regarding the difference between optometrists and ophthalmologists was eye-opening information about these professions, which are separated by their medical-degree status.

Ophthalmologists obtain medical degrees and go through surgical residency training to perform eye surgery. Optometrists do not have this advanced degree, nor clinical training or mandated post-graduate training in optometry.

House Bill 1798 advocating removal of 100 delicate eye surgeries incorporating scalpels, lasers and other precision tools is wrong and dangerous. Transferring power to the Texas Optometry Board from the Texas Medical Board where it belongs would lower professional standards, polarizing and usurping the profession.

Not to mention this legislation would circumvent safety and experience.

Makes about as much sense as setting a milk bucket under a bull. If you needed brain surgery, would you want a podiatrist to perform it, even if he or she was an M.D.?

Delbert L. Cantrell,

Fort Worth