Letters to the Editor

Drug testing disagreement; war was inevitable; a hobbyist’s dream

Drug testing disagreement

Your Saturday editorial denouncing drug tests for welfare recipients was short-sighted and ignorant of facts.

As a taxpayer, I’d much rather my taxes go toward identifying drug abusers taking government (our) money than not testing them at all.

I’d also challenge the cost of drug screenings. Prices for drug screens vary widely (some labs charging 100 percent more for tests than others), so that cost estimate could/would be far less than the alleged $3.6 million cost.

The billions saved by eliminating drug abusers’ government handouts would far outweigh the testing fees.

If more people knew they couldn’t be on drugs and collect welfare. (1) It would encourage more able-bodied people to get out and actually work (plus have to get/be clean in order to get a job), and (2) it would prevent our tax dollars from underwriting their drug habits.

Put the issue up for a state vote!

— Clay Cavin, Fort Worth

War was inevitable

We are long past questioning whether we should have gone into Iraq. It is done.

Chris Kyle and thousands like him volunteered to keep our country safe for their family and millions of strangers.

They followed orders given by others, and it cost many the loss of limbs, injuries you cannot see and the ultimate price of their lives.

The Middle East has turned into 1930s Germany on steroids, but these terrorists are so proud of their barbaric exploits they film and air them on the Internet.

In place of Neville Chamberlain, we have President Obama. Despite their fine, expensive education, they evidently didn’t get the lesson “you can’t appease madmen.”

I believe the wars would have happened anyway because the Iraqis were already tired of their repressive regime and others would follow for the same reason.

— Sharon Dove-Smith, Haltom City

A hobbyist’s dream

Many people today have no idea how Radio Shack got started or what their original customer base was.

In the 1960s, transistor radios had just appeared, and computers were gigantic Univac machines that filled rooms.

There was an interest in actually building one’s own radio or other electronic projects. Hobbyists flooded Radio Shack, buying bits for home electrical projects for everything from ham radio to stereo (anyone remember reel-to-reel audio tape?) to model railroad wiring.

Today all of our electronics are relatively affordable use-and-toss imports. If someone wants audio setups, they call an audio provider.

I doubt many teens today could wire a battery box to a single-pole, single-throw switch to activate an electric motor or mini light bulb.

People have no interest in learning how to build electronic projects. The wall of electronic component goodies at Radio Shack stores has understandably shrunk to a small cabinet and a basic selection.

It’s sad, in a way, to see this. The passage of the electronic gadgeteer has been the death knell of Radio Shack.

A store full of batteries, phones and radio-controlled toys could not compensate.

— Dr. Griffin T. Murphey, Fort Worth


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