Letters to the Editor

Our Constitutional priorities are seriously out of whack

An honor guard stands next to the original copies of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights at the National Archives in Washington, D.C.
An honor guard stands next to the original copies of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights at the National Archives in Washington, D.C. File photo

It’s about power, not policy

It’s time for Congress to start taking back its constitutional responsibility.

For decades, Congress has ducked its responsibility by giving the executive branch more and more authority. The prime example is the responsibility to declare war. Our Constitution states Congress has the power to declare war, and even though the United States has been in several wars since, World War II was the last war officially declared by Congress.

Democratic and Republican presidents have been given extra power from laws passed by Congress or simply issued executive orders, states of emergency and national security crises to circumvent Congress’s constitutional responsibility.

Currently, we are involved in undeclared wars, tariffs billed as national security, funding for a wall and many other situations that are specified in our Constitution to Congress.

Congress should begin reviewing and amending the laws that have given the executive branch way more power than our founding fathers thought prudent.

Fred Darwin,

Arlington

A constitutional solution

In the April 4 editorial, “Trump threat to close border a looming disaster,” the Star-Telegram editorial board wrote, “Our leaders are doing next to nothing about it.”

I think they’re doing absolutely nothing about it.

We the people elect those we hope will be our leaders. We do so every two years, but they never lead us. They never intended to.

Our border with Mexico has been a problem for at least four decades. Congressional Republicans and Democrats have known about this growing problem all along, but both parties have financially benefited from the status quo.

A convention of states would propose amendments to our Constitution. Among them, one should establish term limits for members of Congress, and another should require Congress to produce a balanced budget every year.

A constitutional convention of states is our best, perhaps only, hope of regaining control of our out-of-control federal government, as our founders intended.

Glen Terrell,

Arlington

Time to do the math on trade

Our elected Congress and news media — this time Fox News included — do not know the United States has been running an overall trade deficit in the $60 billion-plus range for years. (Thank God it’s only $60 billion.)

The corn belt sold $3 billion of corn last year to Mexico. Louisiana sold rice, and the Midwest sold wheat. Sales of these commodities are paid for by loans underwritten by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Bottom line: Mexico does not pay the bill. U.S. farmers are paid; grain elevators are paid; transporters are paid. U.S. taxpayers are stuck with the bill.

Carter Fore,

Breckenridge

And throw in a free pony, too

Oh, sure, the Green New Deal is absolutely the direction for this country. The only feature that should be added is that every family is entitled to a week in Hawaii, all expenses paid. We just have to figure how to get there by train.

Michael Bruner,

Fort Worth

Not all Tech fans are like that

Mac Engel’s Monday column, “Tech fans, please quit embarrassing yourselves and Texas,” was atrocious, awful and terrible. (1B)

Quit zeroing in on the .01% who every university has. Be happy for the thousands of us who are enjoying the excitement and are proud to be Red Raiders. Go Tech.

Nancy Isom,

Idalou

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