Letters to the Editor

Fri
12
Sep

Paving the way of shame

For weeks now we have been grieved deeply due to the brick thrown causing bodily injury to a lady passing through our great city of Coolidge. Our prayers go out mightily for the victims all around, whether hit by bricks or the ones throwing bricks.

Fri
12
Sep

Part II: Preparing for the Future

As the United States transitions into a new era of history, the nation should be focused on the development of a citizenry that is educated, skilled, industrious, and of admirable moral character. No nation is ever greater than the character of its people.
The educated and informed citizens can be involved with their government to engage with other nations in activities that are mutually beneficial. International relations can be developed in a positive manner through the utilization of diplomacy, economic incentives, education, and the activity of commendable alliances.
These efforts can be pursued by this nation while scientific and technological advances are used to develop a strong military force that will be a deterrent to potential aggressors.
Sincerely,
Dale Brown
Mexia

Fri
15
Aug

Editorial: We reap what we sow

When will we learn that violence only leads to more violence?
People across the nation are protesting over the shooting death of a young African American at the hands of a white police officer in Missouri. It is indeed a tragedy, and not something that should be handled casually, but when you look around our country, can you really say such a thing surprises you?
By default – through our rhetoric, taste for violence in movies and television, and growing gun culture – we create a backdrop for violence.
We should be alarmed when a police officer shoots anyone, especially unarmed individuals, but consider for a moment the culture we ask our officers to operate in today. It is a great responsibility, and we do expect the most from those we entrust to keep us safe, but the stress of that responsibility and the split-second decisions that must be made are horrible to place in anyone's hands.

Fri
02
May

We can't legislate end to racism

Laws will never solve America's problems with discrimination.
Legal protections for racial, ethnic and religious minorities are critical to ensuring some element of protection for these groups, but laws such as the Civil Rights Act and Affirmative Action only serve to remind us we are not beyond our prejudiced past.
Because we have these laws, Americans tend to feel like we are going above and beyond in looking out for the equal opportunity of minorities, but the laws are nothing more than an unsightly bandaid that covers the wounds caused by discrimination. We should not think of equal opportunity as the solution to prejudice. Prejudice goes much deeper than opportunity, it is rooted in how we view and value people different than us. When someone sees a difference – particularly one that affirms the belief that someone else is beneath them – they are showing a prejudice.

Fri
02
May

Helping hand appreciated

The nicest thing happened to me yesterday. I went to the store to buy a few things and as usual bought more than I intended to. When I reached my car, before I could open the trunk, the nicest young boy came up behind me and asked if he could help me.
He unloaded my basket, closed the trunk and took the basket away.
We have so many young people that do so many good things, who never get noticed. Not many, if anyone, saw what he did, but I did and so did God, and he will bless him.
I’ll not forget his smile and his helpfulness. Thanks again.
Aline Sanderson
Mexia

Fri
02
May

Mexia News Editorial

Texas Lemonade has bitter aftertaste

Mon
24
Mar

Context counts

Statements from the Constitution and the Scriptures are frequently used out of context. This is a bad practice because it causes distortions that produce misunderstandings. Written statements and spoken statements should be studied in total context.
The second amendment to the Constitution of the United States is only one sentence long, but we rarely ever hear it. It reads, "A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed." Consider the context for this amendment. When our forefathers adopted this amendment more than two centuries ago, this nation had no standing army and weapons designed for the mass destruction of human life had not been developed. It is obvious that our forefathers were primarily concerned with a way to help develop a well regulated citizen's militia to defend the nation. Today we have large military forces and no longer need a citizen's militia.

Mon
24
Mar

Editorial: Military drones on...

Protect those who protect us

Mon
03
Mar

Speak up Tuesday

The primary election is upon us and Tuesday is the last opportunity to cast a ballot that will help set the slate of candidates for the November general election.
In addition to a list of candidates to choose from on both the Republican and Democratic ballots, each include a number of party referendum measures.
While these items are non-binding, they are one way we can send a message to our primary political parties about how we feel regarding certain policy issues. On the Democratic ballot referendum measures deal with immigration reform and wages. On the Republican side they address religious freedom, gun rights, franchise taxes and the Affordable Care Act.
By casting a vote on these issues, we can let our elected officials know where we stand on these issues in broad terms and perhaps help steer future policy in the right direction.

Mon
06
Jan

Contact information important

It was with great approval that I noticed in the Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013 edition of The Mexia News that a very old feature has returned, called “Making Contact.” I do hope this becomes a regular weekly feature or at least a monthly printing.
Thank you so much.
Sincerely,
Bob Thompson
Groesbeck

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