Letters to the Editor

Runaway deficits and debt. Where are the budget hawks we need?

A hawk appears on the second floor of the White House on April 18 in Washington, D.C.
A hawk appears on the second floor of the White House on April 18 in Washington, D.C. The Associated Press

Would someone shut the piano?

The ongoing controversy about things Confederate brings back a family story. As it so happens, my mother’s grandfather was in Company B of the 25th Texas Dismounted Cavalry (also known as the Third Texas Lancers) during the Civil War.

She said he would “whoop and throw his hat up against the ceiling” when she played “Dixie” on the piano.

Would she be in trouble for playing that song nowadays?

F.D. Freeman,


The Fourth is for all of America

On July 4, 1776,Congress approved the final text of the Declaration of Independence. On July 8, the first public readings of the document were held in Philadelphia’s Independence Square. In the years since, we Americans have celebrated this wonderful event that is ours alone.

We celebrate this historic moment with picnics and gatherings of all sorts. We have been able to watch on TV the celebration from Washington, D.C., a most patriotic event with our stars and stripes waving, fireworks, songs and bands playing, honoring those who have served our country in all branches of the military and more.

No president has tried to take this away to serve his own selfish purposes, until now. President Donald Trump and his toadies want to make this a political event, with him in the forefront. All about him is Trump’s aim.

The Fourth of July — America’s birthday, Independence Day — does not belong to Trump.

Carolyn Sawyer,

Fort Worth

The numbers aren’t looking good

In 1980, our federal budget deficit was running $74 billion per year and our total federal debt was close to $1 trillion. The “budget hawks” then were crying for a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution to stop runaway spending and debt.

Today we have the “greatest economy ever,” according to our president, yet our total deficit this year is outpacing other years on the way to an expected $900 billion, and our total debt is more than $22 trillion, according to the U.S. debt clock.

Tell me: What’s going to happen if we have another slowdown, or God forbid, another financial meltdown like 2007-2008? Or what’s going to happen when the Social Security trust fund goes broke? We’re headed there at breakneck speed.

Where are the “budget hawks” when you need them?

James Morgan,

De Leon

Doris Day is one for the ages

Three words defined Doris Day with her signature song, “Que Sera Sera,” which achieved international success and won an Academy Award for Best Original Song in “The Man Who Knew Too Much.”

Her first big hit, “ Sentimental Journey,” and then performing with Les Brown and His Band of Renown, catapulted her singing career. Brown once fittingly said of her, “Doris Day belongs in the company of Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra” — a chanteuse indeed. But it was the movies that made her a star and synonymous with Hollywood.

She has left an indelible mark on this world — a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom and other awards, and a staunch supporter of animal rights.

Rest in peace, Doris Day.

Delbert Cantrell,

Fort Worth

I don’t call this cable ‘service’

It is no surprise that so many people are cutting their cable and finding other methods of watching TV. Consider the high prices we are paying for cable these days. Further, consider the lack of customer service.

Our main service box (the cable provider’s equipment) has been failing for four days and now is dead. The company says it will ship a “free” replacement to arrive in two to three days. That is not the service we are paying for.

It’s time to start shopping for my alternative TV service.

Larry Fuller,