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Letters to the editor, March 17

Kinky and Perry

Kinky [Friedman] has announced that he may be running for office for a third time.

He also stated that he has made a will and wants his ashes spread through [Gov. Rick] Perry’s hair. We all know Perry’s hair is up there with Donald Trump’s and Jimmy Johnson’s. If Kinky’s ashes help Perry’s hair, that’s all well and good. I hope they go deeper and help his brain. We all know he needs improvement in this area. After all, good fertilizer is hard to find.

Perry, give Kinky’s last wish some thought. It wouldn’t hurt.

Danny Christian, Ponder



A lesson on guns

I am the mother of five sons, the sister of six brothers and the majority of my sibling’s children are boys. How we were reared in our homes without guns.

Our father always kept a gun in our home. At night when he retired for bed, he would unlock his cabinet, take the gun out and put it on his nightstand by his bedside. One morning before our father got up to get ready for work, one of my little brothers arose early, saw the gun, picked it up, put it close to our father’s head and tried to pull the trigger, but he did not understand that our father had the gun locked. When our father realized what had happened, he removed the gun to never place it within reach again.

I made it up in my mind, should I have children, all guns were off limits in our home. The government will not take away your guns, for you have a right to own guns.

We must remember that when mass murderers shoot to kill, they create a vacancy without nominating a successor.

Charlye Heggins, Denton




It always intrigues me when those that are the most culpable tell the rest of us we need to stop — whatever they are doing. (“End spread of distortions,” Leonard Pitts, DRC, Feb. 11)

This man’s distortions are second only to that great prevaricator in Washington.

In Germany, some 70 years ago, Joseph Goebbels — the Reich Minister of Propaganda in Germany — postulated that if you tell a lie often enough, the people will believe it is true?

Larry Jambor, Denton



Pinkos and parrots

The far-left believes as their father, Vladimir Lenin, who stated: “A lie told often enough becomes the truth.” So the pinkos and parrots, nationally and locally, are busy.

As we see in John Nance Garner’s (DRC, March 2) and Larry Beck’s (DRC, March 1) letters, which are nothing but erroneous leftist propaganda.

We would encourage folks to do a quick research on all past and future letters that useful idiots submit.

If gun bans worked, then Obama’s Chicago and D.C. would be the safest cities in America, but they have the highest murder and crime rates.

In countries like Mexico, their people are at the mercy of cartel and corruption, and Australia is nothing to be emulated with its increase in violent crime after disarming their citizens.

Why do Garner and others not address these realities concerning gun bans and crime? Is it because they have less concern for citizens’ safety and much interest in Marxist policies? Yes.

A system of licensing and registration is the perfect device to deny gun ownership to the middle class — Vladimir Lenin, communist.

This is why we see in every leftist letter, them besieging and undermining the people’s inalienable right of self defense, the Second Amendment. As you have known for years, the Left has been conducting warfare against our U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

Why would anyone be interested in denying Americans liberty and instituting disastrous dictatorial policies of the past?

We are interested in the drones actually answering the above questions, which they always avoid.

Eric Mach, Denton



Base action on reason

Our world is complex. Unforeseen events regularly bring unexpected challenges.

In every such case, we must base action on reason, not emotion or ideology, going where legitimate, objective evidence takes us, doing what is most likely to work effectively.

Except for narcissistic sociopaths, we all want what is best for our community. The question is, what evidence is there that a choice really is for the best over time? Or is the concept of what is best based mostly on the charged emotion of ideology, wishful thinking, or irrational hysteria? And how far are we willing to go in pushing that ideology, wishful thinking or hysteria?

Hitler wanted what he believed best for Germans. If millions had to die in the process, so be it. Stalin wanted what he believed best for Russians. If millions had to die during collectivization, so be it. Mao wanted what he thought best for Chinese. If millions had to die during “The Great Leap Forward,” so be it.

We mustn’t allow emotion-based ideology, wishful thinking or hysteria to trump reason-based legitimate, objective evidence, and we mustn’t go to immoral lengths pursuing the resulting agenda.

This is the great danger with leftists and other fanatics. Certain that their ideology-based or hysteria-driven agenda is for the best, that their wishful thinking is achievable, and demanding instant gratification, they often feel justified in going beyond the pale of moral action and against what legitimate, objective evidence reveals about human nature and our world.

Lee Nahrgang, Denton



Executive control

Few people realize how much control the president has over the executive branch, how much he could tailor this slowing of spending — the so-called cuts — if he chose to do so. He has simply chosen not; rather, he will let the ax fall heavily where a scalpel would have served as well.

Not my fault, he complains, “I am not a dictator,” he claims.

Well, no, Mr. President, but you do have huge discretion. You can, for instance, tell Catholic hospitals that they must accept your notion of what is morally right. You can let the Navy decide not to deploy a carrier to the Mideast. Teddy Roosevelt did the opposite, you know. Unable to get the naval appropriation he wanted, he sent the fleet around the world and then asked Congress to provide money to get it back. You had rather it park at Norfolk.

John Schuh, Lake Dallas