Letters to the Editor

Letters: Immigration action reaction; police shootings; thankful for nurses

Immigration action reaction

The Republicans say that Obama using his executive authority to deal with the amnesty issue, after they refused to submit their solution and blocked the Democrat-proposed option, will “poison the well.”

Excuse me — no one has drunk from that well since Obama’s election embarrassed them, twice.

What are they going to do, make the water radioactive?

— Tom Stroope, Bedford

What is the cost to medicate 5 million people and educate their children?

We not only need classrooms, equipment and supplies, we need extra teachers who speak their language. Our current education costs are skyrocketing, partially because of so many immigrants.

At a frugal $4,000 a year, it will cost $16 billion to educate 4 million children. If just 10,000 are in college, add $300 million.

Our current healthcare plan calls for legal residents below poverty level to receive care. This plan is paid for by taxpayers above the poverty level who can’t afford the healthcare they need. Healthcare costs of $2,000 a year for 5 million people adds $10 billion.

Every major city has military veterans who do not have adequate food and housing. Should illegal immigrants have priority over them?

We have a shortage of water. The average annual water usage for 5 million people is 244 trillion gallons.

We have a shortage of jobs.

Five million extra people will take our jobs, our welfare handouts or our jail cells.

Do we really want this plan?

— Myretta Bell, Bedford

Police shootings

There have been too many shootings by law enforcement and killing of unarmed suspects.

There is a legal term called culpable homicide which should be included in our laws to at least present the evidence in a public hearing in open court about the circumstances surrounding the homicide. A closed court is not prohibited in the the U.S. Constitution.

Culpable homicide is defined as illegal killing of a person either with or without an intention to kill.

These laws are in effect in Canada, India, Pakistan, Scotland and South Africa. An athlete was recently convicted under this law in South Africa for killing his girlfriend. He got five years at the crossbar hotel.

Isn’t this also a violation of the color of law criminal statutes?

— William Berka, Haltom City

Thankful for nurses

I work with superheroes every day who fight for their patients so they can fight cancer.

As Thanksgiving approaches, I encourage you to join me and my colleagues in thanking nurses and healthcare teams for the tremendous impact they make daily.

This year, more than 119,000 Texans will be diagnosed with cancer. All are united by a common factor: a team caring for them every step of the way.

Nurses are the unsung superheroes on the front lines in the fight against cancer. They advocate for their patients. They give tirelessly of themselves in ways patients and families may never see — staying late to ensure medications work or using smaller needles to protect a patient’s fragile veins. They hold a patient’s hand when fear sets in or provide encouragement to reach a milestone.

They might care for a patient for a short time, but the impact can last a lifetime. Patient care is a calling. It’s not easy or for the faint of heart, but essential in the cancer fight.

As we pause to count our blessings, let us be thankful for nurses and healthcare teams. I invite you to share your #SuperThanks for our super heroes at facebook.com/TexasOncology.

— Dr. Steven Paulson,

Chairman and President,

Texas Oncology, Dallas

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