Letters to the Editor

Syrian refugees; Richard Green

Syrian refugee Maryam al Jaddou, center, looks on as her children twins Maria, left, and Hasan, sit with her at their apartment in Dallas in November.
Syrian refugee Maryam al Jaddou, center, looks on as her children twins Maria, left, and Hasan, sit with her at their apartment in Dallas in November. AP

Syrian refugees

The past treatment of Jews was entirely different from the plight of Muslims fleeing Syria (“Syrian refugees and terrorists are not the same,” Nov. 22).

Our laws try to sort the lawbreakers from the law-abiding. Keeping out criminals is one thing. But identifying a radicalized Islamist among Syrians before he or she acts out is quite another.

Hopefully, rational minds understand that refugees have no constitutional right to American soil. In this case, erring on the side of caution is fully constitutional — if not fully and blindly compassionate.

Richard M. Holbrook, Weatherford


I’ve read several letters to the editor condemning Gov. Greg Abbott for his stand on rejecting the resettlement of refugees in Texas.

Frankly, I’m pleased that he’s trying to protect us from any terrorist who could well be among the group.

I only wish that President Obama cared enough for U.S. citizens to do the same.

Another thing: We do not have adequate jobs, food or facilities to care for them. Even some of our own Texans are without these comforts.

Jean Stivers, Azle


The events that have unfolded in our country since the Nov. 13 Paris horror have caused some of us to wonder: Where is America?

Talk of closing mosques, establishing a Muslim registry and confining Muslims to camps were Nazi practices. Hitler prevailed in Germany because of fear and hate-filled propaganda. It seems we have a lot of that now in America.

Unfortunately, we have politicians who seek to manipulate us by appealing to our lowest nature.

Is the appeal for sanctuary for Syrian refugees falling on deaf ears? In this holiday season, a time for charity, peace and good will, the deafness is troubling.

It reminds us of the boatload of Jews sent back to Germany, where some died in concentration camps. This is a stain on our history.

The sole focus is on the risks of admitting refugees. What risks do we take if we shut the door?

They will return to their war-torn country, where they will be indoctrinated in hate-America propaganda. Perhaps they will join ISIS and be the next wave of terrorists?

Loveta Eastes, Benbrook

Richard Greene

I thank Richard Greene for taking time to do what I find to be a waste of time. (See Nov. 22 column, “When being trashed by strangers comes with the territory.”)

Vituperative, willfully ignorant “liberals” are best left to ferment in their own bitterness.

My ignorance incites my curiosity. Theirs incites a chainsaw of ad hominem slashing and talking-point scolding.

We see the same half-dozen letter writers often. Their endless thought loop is such that I can identity the author by the third sentence.

It’s amusing, in a perverted way, to hear them describe their own ill behaviors as they assign same to those with whom they disagree.

Print them all. It reminds me why I left their party.

Burt E. Ballentine, Keller


It would appear that Richard Greene has become a man without a party! Surely the Tea Party will not forgive him for saying things that are not in line with party doctrine. (See Nov. 29 column, “On teachers and players, our values are upside down.”)

Suggesting that anything other than the free market should determine teachers’ pay (i.e., the cheapest rate we can get) borders on blasphemy!

Even mentioning the possibility of a tax increase to support this idea places him seriously in danger of losing his conservative credentials.

An additional sign that he has wandered from the one true path of conservatism is that he completely forgot to blame President Obama and the liberals for this degradation of our values.

Richard Snyder,

Fort Worth