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Letters to the editor, April 15


The Denton Record-Chronicle welcomes letters to the editor pertaining to the May 10 city and school elections. Letters must follow all regular submission rules. Election letters must be received in this office by 5 p.m. on Monday, April 28; none will be published after Saturday, May 3.


Poor people

Congressman Paul Ryan states that poor people in the United States are lazy and live primarily in the inner cities, the implication being that they are black or brown. What evidence does he have to support his assertions?

The inner-city assertion ignores the substantial poverty that exists in small-town and rural America. The implication that the poor are black or brown ignores the fact that 41 percent of America’s 50 million poor people are white.

Millions of the poor are not lazy: They work at minimum-wage jobs or are unable to find work.

It is offensive that these efforts to demonize poor people are used to justify cuts in programs that benefit them (such as food stamps, unemployment benefits and Medicaid).

The result of such program cuts is to increase poverty. Proof can be found in the fact that the states with the most conservative economic policies have the highest poverty rates.

Bob Michaelsen,



Vote for Dan Patrick

Thanks for your letter, Bill Reed [DRC, April 4]. I am not sure if it is not knowing the U.S. Constitution on your part, but nowhere does it say “separation of church and state.”

First Amendment: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”

So, if a child is given a minute of silence to pray or do whatever they feel, that is a wonderful freedom we enjoy in America.

Matter of fact, the First Amendment was put into place to guarantee people’s right to exercise their faith and not to be chastised like people in communist countries.

Does it irritate you, Bill, that children and adults have the right to publicly pray?

Voter ID policies have been a great move in the right direction; states that have voter ID laws showed an increase in minorities voting.

Perhaps Scott Campbell nailed the problem [DRC online April 4]: “Bill R., why do you think “low-income people (largely Latinos)” would have a problem getting a government issued ID? That is about the most racist thing I’ve heard. They are smarter and more industrious than you give them credit for.”

A question to Bill about Obamacare: If it is so good, then why did the Democrats and their contributors exempt themselves from having to use Obamacare?

These above subjects are just some of the reasons to vote for Dan Patrick for the next lieutenant governor.

Amy Mach,



Save our children

There are some courageous people locally who speak for abused children.

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Denton County trains and works with community volunteers who provide life-altering court advocacy services for children in the worst situations — those who have been removed from their homes and placed in foster care because of the severe abuse or neglect they suffered at home.

Leonard Pitts is right, when budgets are being balanced, the voiceless and vulnerable are most affected.

John Hipple is right, there is a need to put our beliefs and passions to work by providing support to “unwanted” children.

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month and we encourage all residents of Denton County to hear Leonard and John’s voices and get involved in helping CASA save the lives of our community’s children.

We don’t believe these children are unwanted, we believe they are our future and we believe they deserve opportunities for a nurturing and fulfilling life, free of abuse.

We also believe that together, our community can make that happen. In 2013, 134 incredible volunteer child advocates provided these critical advocacy services to 451 children. However, there are still children who need a CASA.

We invite each and every person to get involved — be a CASA volunteer child advocate, be a donor, be an event volunteer. There are lots of ways you can make a difference in the life of a child.

Visit or call 940-243-2272 to get involved today.

Sherri Gideon,

executive director,

CASA of Denton County


Remember Iraq

Still alive and kicking since Sept. 11, 2012, is Benghazi. First and foremost to be blamed is President Obama.

Why? That’s who the tea party crackpots hate.

For what reason? He’s the man that socked it to McCain in one national election and romped on Romney in another.

For Obama to win a second term is a clear indicator the majority of Americans favor a tax increase on the wealthiest 1 percent. It points to a belief that most Americans favor letting women decide if they need an abortion and not the government. Then there’s same-sex marriage.

It’s too hard to fight these political doctrines. Instead, slam President Obama. If they smear him long and hard enough, they may turn the people against him to the extent that they will weaken the political doctrines they so hate.

Second is Hillary Clinton.

She is the most likely Democratic presidential candidate. Imagine the mortification of the conservative right to first have a black president followed by a female president.

There were four people killed in Benghazi; there were mistakes, and lies were told.

There were 3,528 Americans killed, 32,021 injured in the Iraqi war. There was the lie about nonexistent weapons of mass destruction and mistakes were made. They cost $3 trillion.

This does not include the cost of treating our wounded. It makes President Obama’s trips pale in contrast.

If the tea party can remember Benghazi longer than Texans remember the Alamo, why can’t they remember Iraq?

John Nance Garner,