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Letters to the editor, June 14

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Narrow track of negativism

I am so tired of opening the DRC and seeing Leonard Pitts promulgate his hatred of our president. He has failed to keep his journalistic bylaws and is in a narrow track of negativism, which I am forced to read.

Get rid of this naysayer. I'm just a reader.

Bob Chauncey,
Sanger

Stand on own two feet

I, too, wonder, "What is happening to us now?"

I agree, "Don't forget where you came from."

I came from farm and ranch workers. Dad rode the ranges and drove tractors. Mom did domestic work in the owner's homes, but they didn't see themselves as victims.

During the Great Depression, Works Progress Administration workers ridiculed Dad as they marched past him on their way to government projects. He had started work before they had, would still be working after they had finished their day's work and he was paid less. But he preferred to stand on his own two feet, rather than accept government charity.

My parents didn't think the government owed them free or government-subsidized health care. When I needed an appendectomy, when Dad was injured by a runaway horse, when Mom needed a hysterectomy, they paid for the care from their meager earnings.

They didn't think the government owed me free or subsidized higher education. When I became the first in either of my parents' families to go to college, they paid all expenses from those same meager earnings as we went.

They knew it's up to us as individuals to help those in need and not demand that government do it for us. So they helped others from those meager earnings, while also saving for retirement.

Yes, "What is happening to us now?" What happened to independence, to self-reliance, to taking responsibility, rather than claiming victimhood and demanding compensation or subsidy?

Lee Nahrgang,
Denton

Drain the swamp

So now the press is reporting that Special Counsel Robert Mueller and former FBI Chief James Comey have a deep friendship of more than 15 years and consider themselves to be blood brothers. And Mueller is supposed to take a neutral look at what Comey is claiming?

Amazing. It is, as the president has stated, time to drain the swamp in Washington, D.C.

Paul Knopick,
Denton

Different point of view

A letter writer in Sunday's edition laments that we are feeding children whose parents are not able to provide sufficient food. He sees this as a way to develop an unhealthy dependency on government.

May I present a different point of view?

First, many of the parents who cannot provide sufficient food for their children are loving, caring parents who are doing the best they can. Most families on food stamps have at least one working adult, many of whom work two or more jobs. The problem is that low-wage jobs simply do not cover basic living expenses.

I have been a foster mother. One bedtime, a six-year-old foster child said to me, "If God plans for mothers and daddies to take care of their children, why didn't our mother and daddy take care of us?"

And she waited for an answer. What could I say? I said, "God does plan for mothers and daddies to love and care for their children but some do not know how to do that. When that happens, there are other people who will love and care for those children as Daddy and I are caring for you."

I want to be one of the "other people" who work to make sure that all children have the food, shelter, education and nurturing needed to grow up to be happy, productive citizens. I am happy for my time and my "taxpayer dollars" to contribute to the wellbeing of our children.

Gloria Thomas,
Denton

Teacher health care lacking

As students and teachers are going into summer break, Texas teachers are finding out how much their health care premiums will be for the upcoming year. Unfortunately, this is a discouraging time for teachers, as the state of Texas does not adequately fund teacher health care.

The state only provides $75 a month for health care and only requires districts to provide $150 a month. So teachers get $225 a month to help pay health insurance premiums. This $225 amount was set in 2002 and has not been raised since.

Due to this substandard funding, teachers who need to insure their family are seeing out-of-pocket premiums range from $1,084 a month for the high-deductible plan ($5,000 deductible) to $1,779 a month for the 80/20 plan ($3,000 deductible). These amounts can consume more than 40 percent of a teacher's gross pay for health insurance alone.

In contrast, the state of Texas provides $617 to $1,207 a month for all other state employees. This allows these employees to pay less than $600 a month for health insurance for their family with better benefits than what teachers receive. While Texas employees should be afforded this funding, Texas should also fund teachers at the same rate.

Bill Wenger,
Hickory Creek

Shame on Trump

I am a strong evangelical Christian, so I was elated when Trump won the election. I have no doubt that he, too, is a believer.

However, what he did to James Comey stunned me. It is totally uncharacteristic of Trump, not to mention unprofessional and a terrible way to treat anyone. I think it is inexcusable and it angers me.

Shame on you, Donald.

Cyndi Rollins, 

Denton