Letters to the Editor

Mon
01
Jul

Column: Court decision erodes voter protections

By Mike Eldleman
Publisher

There has been recent discussion as to whether high walls, razor-wire fences and surveillance cameras are still needed to help keep inmates inside our prisons.

Statistics show that escape is not a problem as less than one-half of one percent of our prison population escapes, and the numbers have continued to decline over the years.

Perhaps the years of needing so much security are behind us.

This is, of course, not true at all, and we can all agree it is a silly premise to assume that because so few people escape, we no longer need a mechanism to keep them from doing so in the future.

We can be sure that less security would mean many more escapes, and that these security measures are the very reason those numbers are so low.

Mon
01
Jul

Editorial: Celebrating liberty

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
– U.S. Declaration of Independence

The Fourth of July is a beloved summer holiday. It is a time of parades, fireworks, hot dogs and family fun, but it is important we keep in mind it is about so much more. It is important we never forget our own responsibility when it comes to independence.

We must remember that 237 years ago, our forefathers wrote and signed the Declaration of Independence that not only spelled out their reasons for separation from the king in England, but expressed the natural rights of all persons.
Our independence day is not simply about one group’s aspiration to govern itself. It is about independence of the individual and government’s place in our lives.

Mon
01
Jul

Seating conflict example of racism

As I begin to write this letter, I must first state that I am totally against racism of any sort. In 2013, one would think that we should be a better nation. I am here to tell you that racism is still very much alive and raises its ugly head quite often.
Graduation exercises (at Groesbeck High School Football Stadium) begun at 8 p.m. on May 31, 2013. My husband, sister and I arrived at the football stadium around 7:25 to get good seats. We approached the 50-yard line where there were two half-empty rows of seats. We noticed that a Caucasian lady was sitting middle ways on a bench with a purse about seven or eight feet from her.

Fri
21
Jun

Editorial: True barriers to immigration solution

Fences, border patrol agents and unmanned aerial vehicles may be the answer to passing comprehensive immigration reform in Washington, but they are not the answer to truly solving the problem.

As the two sides come closer together on a bill with any chance of passing both houses, measures have been included calling for an additional 700 miles of border fence, 20,000 additional border patrol officers and special surveillance provisions in an effort to appease many Republicans.

As with most immigration debates, we are discussing two issues – how to keep people from coming in illegally and how to deal with those already here. But we are neglecting what may be the most important, third-part of the problem – how to make it unappealing to be here illegally.

Fri
07
Jun

Column: Apparently, someone in our government is listening

By Mike Eddleman
Publisher

So maybe it is not as ominous as all that, but it is disturbing news to find out the government is collecting large amounts of data on Americans through their phone records.

Among the key principles that guide our nation are individual privacy and liberty. We expect there to be a line the government can’t or won’t cross when it comes to being intrusive in our lives and it seems now that line is being blurred at best and disregarded at worst.

The government – the National Security Agency in particular – admitted this week to the collection of millions of phone records of Verizon subscribers after it was outed by the British newspaper The Guardian. It remains unclear whether other providers are included in this, but it is unlikely the government believes terrorists only use Verizon so it is reasonable to believe the program covers multiple carriers.

Wed
05
Jun

Editorial: Where will you go?

About the time we begin to wonder what lies ahead for our children, we pick up books like the Dr. Seuss classic “Oh the places you’ll go.”

We read it to them with dozens of other books as we imagine the best for them – a bright future with endless possibilities, fulfillment and happiness.

More than 200 area high school seniors are stepping from a stage of life they have all been desperately trying to escape into a new one with unforeseen challenges and pitfalls.
We have helped them, encouraged them, taught them and even scolded them at every turn in hopes we might have them prepared for this very moment.

What we find in life, though, is that even as adults with many years behind us it can be a challenge to define our lives and become – or even know – who we hope to be.

Fri
24
May

Editorial: Take time to honor their sacrifice

In 238 years of our nation's military history, 1.3 million service members have perished in more than 30 conflicts.

To put that number in perspective, it is roughly equivalent to the population of San Antonio – our nation's seventh largest city. It is the same as the population of Omaha, Atlanta and Kansas City combined. It is a number we can hardly fathom, but it is like losing the entire population of Maine, Hawaii or New Hampshire.

The losses are great in our history, but we are a people proud to serve and proud to sacrifice for our ideals and what we believe to be the greater good. We may not agree with the politics or reasons for every conflict, but we believe in defending our own, our interests and our allies, and when our nation has called, brave men and women have always stepped forward to make that sacrifice.

Fri
17
May

Letter: Second amendment not outdated

Second amendment not outdated
After reading Dale Brown’s letter to the editor on Saturday, I came to the conclusion that Mr. Brown was a great Ag teacher but doesn’t really understand history or logic.
Mr. Brown equates murder with gun ownership, stating that 11,000 murders occur annually, most committed with guns. This is misleading, to say the least.
The truth is that 11,000 people are murdered annually because 11,000 other people want to murder them; the availability of a gun doesn’t necessitate or facilitate those deaths. Over four million people in this country own guns, and nearly all of them never commit any crime at all. There is no connection between gun ownership and murder.

Fri
17
May

Letter: Gun control not the answer

Much has been said lately on the subject of gun control. While I don’t agree with some of what I’ve heard and read I respect the rights of others to express those opinions….that’s our First Amendment Rights and part of our Bill of Rights (free speech). I thought I’d submit my opinion as well. My thoughts are:
• The gun or the criminal. It is an irrefutable fact that some of those cities which have adapted the most stringent gun control laws have the highest gun related crimes. Gun control simply doesn’t prevent gun related crimes. An enlightened person will therefore conclude it is not the gun per se but the criminal use of that gun. Blaming (and eliminating) the gun would be like blaming your pencil for spelling errors.
Therefore, a better ap­proach (addressing the cause rather than the effect) would be more severe punishment for those crimes committed with a gun and a vetting process by local law enforcement for gun ownership.

Fri
17
May

Editorial: Military drones on...

One of the most impressive advances in technology for the U.S. military in the last decade has been with unmanned aerial vehicles, commonly known as drones.
The unmanned vehicles have been around in military circles in some form or another for a century, but technology and new battlefield challenges have made them critical to the military today.
This week, the U.S. Navy became the first to launch a drone from an aircraft carrier, eliminating the need for access to airstrips in the U.S. or ally countries to make them effective.
The drone is an incredible tool that not only creates a more cost-effective means to gather intelligence and attack enemies in hard-to-reach locations, but they also help keep our military personnel at a safe distance. Any technology that helps the United States reduce battlefield casualties should be embraced and developed.

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