Letters to the Editor

Two years of total GOP control in D.C., and it was still the Democrats’ fault?

President Donald Trump congratulates Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell while House Speaker Paul Ryan watches after final passage of tax overhaul legislation by Congress at the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017.
President Donald Trump congratulates Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell while House Speaker Paul Ryan watches after final passage of tax overhaul legislation by Congress at the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017. AP

I sure haven’t seen any freeze

Where does an April 16 letter writer get the idea that property-tax assessments are frozen for seniors? (11A) I have been a senior for many years, also on a limited income, and my tax assessment has gone up every year. Am I missing something?

Elfriede Sullens,

Watauga

Drinking water for kids is a basic

How does the Texas Association of School Boards justify its objection to House Bill 2998, which calls for lead testing of the drinking water in Texas schools and day cares? The TASB mission is to promote “educational excellence for school children through advocacy, visionary leadership and high-quality services to school districts.” Drinking water with lead does not promote educational excellence.

The American Academy of Pediatrics states: “Lead exposure can cause serious damage to children’s developing brains. … There is no safe level of lead exposure in children, with lasting decreases in cognition documented in children with blood levels as low as 5 micrograms per deciliter of lead in blood.”

The people of Texas need to ask their state representatives and senators to vote in favor of HB 2998.

Beth Cusack,

Euless

Marty Leonard will get things done

The spring elections are always “closer to home” and affect our pocketbooks more than those in the fall. We must consider voting for experienced community business leaders when possible.

Marty Leonard is such a candidate in the election for the Tarrant Regional Water District board of directors. She has served with distinction on the board. Her experience as a businesswoman makes her a leading candidate for re-election. Her non-partisan approach gives each issue a fair hearing.

I urge all voters to consider Marty Leonard for re-election to the Tarrant Regional Water District board of directors.

Jesse Pierrard,

Fort Worth

In the way? Oh, give me a break

I keep hearing supporters of President Donald Trump complain that Democrats just don’t get it. The two-year investigation into “nothing” prevented Trump from getting anything done, and now we Democrats just won’t let it go.

Just how, exactly, did the investigation prevent two full years of a Republican White House, a Republican Senate, a Republican House of Representatives and a conservative Supreme Court from getting anything done?

Maybe we should have been investigating something else — like incredible incompetence.

Besides, congressional Republicans got the only things that really mattered to them: the blatant giveaway to the rich and corporations that they have the nerve to call tax “reform” and Justice Neil Gorsuch in the Supreme Court seat that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell stole from Merrick Garland.

Eugene Chandler,

Arlington

There are better ways to provide

Cynthia M. Allen’s April 19 column, “‘Beto’ O’Rourke’s uncharitable giving,” belittled O’Rourke. Charitable giving to support society is actually a hidden tax: Instead of direct public support to prevent poverty and provide relief for the needy, we, as citizens, are expected to contribute voluntary donations.

Strengthening our society for the future is a major goal for most of us. Thus, relying on arbitrary donations to serve our central values does not seem to be a better option than to prioritize adequate funding for initiatives such as education, work opportunities for low-income people and affordable health care that will improve society’s human capabilities while reducing unnecessary public expenditures.

Societal support options such as these are adopted in most of the world’s advanced societies, and they still pursue free-market economies with great success.

Elisabeth H.

and Karl M Wiig,

Arlington

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