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Letters to the editor, March 6

Curious assertions

I noted many curious assertions in your March 2 editorial regarding Texas independence, one of which read: "Omitted from the declaration was the fact that many of the signatories were occupying Texas illegally, and therefore had no legal rights within the government of Mexico."

The word "occupying" is misleading, as until 1830, Mexico encouraged immigration to Texas to thwart Indian attacks in its sparsely populated territory.

Second, with Santa Anna's crackdown on civil liberties after his 1832 overthrow of the Mexican government and its constitution, the Mexican state of Zacatecas declared independence months before Texas. Separatist movements also sprang up in Coahuila, Nuevo Leon, Tamaulipas and Yucatan, leading to independence declarations by those provinces as well.

So it would have been more accurate to describe ours as the only successful revolt against a military dictator, by freedom-loving peoples both north and south of the Rio Grande, instead of your thesis that the framers were merely slaveholding Anglos, intent on thwarting just rule from Mexico City.

Finally, consider the implications of the last part of your sentence. You now agree with those who assert that illegal immigrants have no legal rights. Interesting.

Happy Texas Independence Day.

Frank Early,

Anti-business image

I was born in Denton. I attended Woodrow Wilson, Strickland, Denton High and UNT. All my life, Denton has talked about growth.

Now that serious growth is upon us -- Denton's population has doubled since 1990, and will double again by 2030 -- some on the City Council and many at City Hall seem intent on keeping our city in a perpetual state of adolescence.

The hard cold fact is people are moving to North Texas in droves. No amount of denial can shield us from that truth. Tremendous strain is being visited upon our infrastructure and school system. Yet money is tight. Why? Our three biggest employers pay very little tax and local businesses and residents have finite resources.

The average citizen may be unaware, but our city projects an anti-business image that is felt throughout our state and beyond. Don't believe me? I personally know of several businesses that are looking to expand, but are purposely bypassing Denton.

So, we have budgetary challenges that could be solved through economic development, but the city is repelling economic development. Think about that next time you drive over a pothole.

Mike Barnett,

Do we care enough?

With the appointment of Scott Pruitt as head of the EPA, President Trump has signaled that he is not interested in combating climate change. This attitude is a big mistake for several reasons.

As far back as 1896, a climate scientist predicted that the CO2 emissions from the Industrial Revolution would warm the planet. Now we have substantial evidence that this warming is occurring.

Global sea ice at both poles is at its lowest level since records began. Sixteen of the 17 hottest years in history have taken place since 2000. Ninety eight percent of climate scientists agree that long-term global warming is occurring.

In deciding whether we want to combat global warming, we have to decide whether we care enough about our grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Within the next 100 years, the West Antarctic Ice Sheet will collapse, causing a 10-foot rise in sea levels and catastrophic flooding for Miami, New York and other coastal cities. The U.S. will become subject to more tropical diseases.

The rising sea levels and more extreme droughts will almost certainly cause wars over dwindling resources. Do we care enough about our planet's future to elect people who also care?

Bob Michaelsen,

Botched raid

Who was responsible for the botched raid in Yakla, Yemen, that resulted in the deaths of Navy SEAL William Owens and a number of civilians, including an 8-year-old child?

A commander-in-chief who does not know the difference between generals and admirals, and who proclaimed that the administration was comfortable with the raid, now has his very own Benghazi.

The buck stops with you, Mr. President.

John Zeigler,

History repeats itself

America was founded by immigrants. The only true Americans were the indigenous people who lived here before ships landed at Plymouth Rock.

Our entire nation is made up of outside people who wanted something better for themselves and their families. It's still the same today whether Hispanic, Hungarian, Chinese, Arabic, Christian, Jew or Muslim.

People want what America stands for, liberty and justice for all. So they come, legally and illegally. But history repeats itself.

In the 1940s these same immigrants helped fight a war against Nazi Germany and the Empire of Japan. They fought for the liberty and justice of the America they embraced. They fought against the Nazi SS, Brown Shirts, Gestapo and their murderous atrocities.

Good people were taken from their homes and businesses, some deported, most murdered as they opened their front door to government goons carrying machine guns.

American immigrants fought to ensure that this would never happen in the United States. But history repeats itself.

I hope both our political parties can work collectively to ensure that hatred and greed do not become the driving force of humanity in our country and the planet. But, as I said, history repeats itself whether anything is learned or not.

J. Aaron Cundall,

City budget idea

I find it interesting that every letter objecting to the proposed senior tax freeze talks about the loss of income to the city. Not one letter has suggested that the city live within a budget and not attempt to spend every dime it takes in. How about the city controlling expenses rather than just spending?

If I had the opportunity to go through the city budget line by line, I believe that I could come up with a lot of savings. The same is true of every government entity.

They always seem to find a way to spend the amount of money taken in rather than controlling costs. As for the tax loss, it will be more than offset by new residential, commercial and retail buildings being continually built in the city.

Edward Barnett,