Denton County Sheriff Tracy Murphree may be called "politically incorrect" but his assumption is correct. I agree with his statement and position.
Sheriff Murphree's firestorm
In a recent Record-Chronicle interview, Sheriff Murphree stated, "In the long term, using words like 'Islamic terrorist' or 'extreme Islam' is going to be fantastic because we're going to be more vigilant and take care of business. ..."
Seriously? Sheriff Murphree thinks some people who are not as disposed as others to target Muslims automatically are less vigilant about behavior that could result in terrorism? Where does this notion even come from? Watching and listening to too many alt-right news sources?
Does this focus take needed watchful eyes away from homegrown terrorists like Timothy McVeigh or Dylan Roof?
It's troubling that this man has anger management issues and poor control of his emotions.
As a local leader he is expected to be alert and responsive but also be above the lynch crowd rhetoric that energizes the crazies we have in this community to overreact and attack innocent people based on their skin color and religion.
Middle Eastern and Asian-American citizens in this county have got to feel less safe after Sheriff Murphree's firestorm against them.
Elephant of hatred
Our sheriff, in his recent Facebook post, obviously means well, but his concerns about threats from beyond our borders are greatly misplaced.
We are at far, far greater risk from homegrown hate groups than from any beyond our borders. The Southern Poverty Law Center documents 892 active hate groups in the U.S., with a significant uptick in hate-based incidents on their part since January this year.
Yes, the world has an incredible level of blood and violence, but to overlook the elephant of hatred in our own living room is to bury our heads in the sand, thinking that our most dangerous threats lie without instead of within.
John D. Zeigler,
Transition to plant-based foods
This past Sunday, animal rights activists shut down the 146-year-old Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus after years of effectively exposing them for animal abuse. Can the meat and dairy industry be far behind?
The shift toward plant-based eating is everywhere.
Fast-food chains like Chipotle, Quiznos, Starbucks, Subway, Taco Bell and Wendy's offer plant-based options. Parade, Better Homes and Gardens and Eating Well are all touting vegan recipes.
Indeed, Global Meat News reports that nearly half of consumers are reducing their meat intake. Beef consumption has dropped by 43 percent in the past 40 years.
Google CEO Eric Schmidt views replacement of meat by plant protein as the world's No. 1 technical trend. The financial investment community is betting on innovative start-ups, like Beyond Meat or Impossible Foods, while warning clients about "death of meat."
Even Tyson Foods' new CEO Tom Hayes sees plant protein as the meat industry's future. It needs to transition to plant-based foods, or shut down like the Greatest Show on Earth.
In the meantime, every one of us can shut the meat and dairy industry out of our own kitchen by checking out the rich collection of plant-based entrees, milks, cheeses and ice creams in our supermarket.
Responses from left
It is good to see so many letters to the editor opposing Trump and his actions. Even die-hard conservatives cannot condone many of his actions.
Nobody believes giving secrets to the Russians is a good idea. Nobody believes muzzling the press is a good idea. Many might not like some of the things the press prints but everybody knows they are essential to our freedoms.
What is good to see is the more strident responses from the left when our president does something they don't like. For years, if a liberal stuck his head out of the foxhole, somebody shot it off. No more. More and more, the "other" side is being heard and the wishes of the "other half" of the people are being expressed.
I have no doubt the conservative side firmly believes in their positions but no more stridently than the liberals believe in theirs.
As our politicians begin to hear there is a large body of people who don't agree with what they are doing, we might be able to get back to some sort of position where nobody wins all and nobody loses all. It would be just like in those good old days we all seem to long for.
Program choices expand
During the Tuesday evening Denton ISD board of trustees meeting, the audience was treated to a wonderful performance of the Denton High School Mariachi Estudiantil (student) group.
Congratulations DISD for continuing to broaden the program choices for students and parents in the academic and music curriculum.
This has made it possible for my grandchildren to participate in Borman Elementary School's outstanding IB (International Baccalaureate) program and potentially in the DHS Mariachi program as they continue to explore a variety of interests via the district's many learning activities.