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Letters to the editor, August 31

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Are we not ashamed?

Moving to Denton a year ago, I noticed the Confederate statue on the Square but thought little of it. To me, it was a memorial to local soldiers who had fought in the Civil War. My views have evolved since Charlottesville. I have relatives who also died for their home, country and what they believed to be right at the time. They died and killed to protect their heritage. They were Nazis in Germany. It is part of German history. But we are ashamed of this history. German statues and plaques are for the victims, taking responsibility for the atrocities and acknowledging the shame deserved for the horrible decisions made during that time in hopes it will not happen again.

Arguments for keeping the statues help me understand the underlying issue: The ideology behind the war continues even though the South lost. It was white supremacy that led the Confederacy to believe white people are better than non-white people.

This underlying belief continues in almost every part of America. Charlottesville made it obvious. Segregation, race profiling, lynching, housing discrimination, criminal sentencing practices and other discriminatory practices continue today as if those of us with European ancestors are somehow more entitled.

Where are the statues and plaques expressing our shame? Where is the public evidence of our shame? Are we not ashamed?

The Confederate private fought for his beliefs just as the Nazi did. But that does not make him a hero. It just makes him wrong.

Carolann Blanco,

Denton

Schools need healthier food

With the new school year upon us, parents turn their attention to school clothes, school supplies and school food. Yes, school food!

More than 31 million children rely on school meals for their daily nutrition, which too often consists of highly processed food laden with saturated fat. Not surprisingly, one-third of our children have become overweight or obese. Their early dietary flaws become lifelong addictions, raising their risk of diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.

To compound the problem, the Trump administration has loosened Obama's 2010 school lunch rules calling for whole grains, fat-free milk and reduced salt content. The rules had an 86 percent approval rating.

Fortunately, many U.S. school districts now offer vegetarian options. More than 120 schools, including the entire school districts of Baltimore, Boston, Buffalo, Detroit, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Oakland, Philadelphia and San Diego have implemented Meatless Monday.

As parents, we need to involve our own children and school cafeteria managers in promoting healthy, plant-based foods in our local schools. Entering "vegan options in schools" in a search engine provides lots of useful resources.

Wey Lin,

Denton

Straus sitting on legislation

For years, I've heard good conservatives detail many reasons to remove the RINO Joe Straus as speaker of the Texas House of Representatives. The main reason for his removal is: Speaker Straus has used his position to bog down and stop good legislation that would protect the citizens of Texas for years. Now, he is sitting on two very important pieces of legislation.

It would benefit every individual if their property was not being taxed out from under them. At this point, property tax control has to be put in place to protect the people from an overbearing tax yoke.

Then there's the fact no sane citizen wants to see a strange man follow his wife and child into the women's bathroom. Opponents of the so-called bathroom bill want men to be too scared to protect their own family. Is Texas at that point?

Some big corporations said they oppose the common-sense restroom bill, but they sidestep the question about why they do business in many Islamic countries that imprison and execute cross-dressers and homosexuals.

You know, the speaker's position should not be locked down by one person for years and years anyway. Let's have a person there who really represents the people, not some door-jam for the Dems. Call your state representatives.

Real Americans are going to have to standup for what is important (God, family, country) if we want to keep it.

Eric Mach,

Denton

Trump the divider

Our nation is a melting pot of people of different races and religions. Such a nation needs a leader who works to unite all of these people so that they can work together in harmony. Instead, we have a president who uses racial and religious intolerance to earn votes.

Among the divisive rhetoric that Trump has used includes the following: (1) Compared Muslim refugees to venomous snakes. (2) Referred to illegal Hispanic immigrants as "rapists and murderers, and maybe some of them are nice people." (3) Claimed that over 80 percent of the murders of white people are done by black people (the actual figure is about 15 percent), and refused to correct the information. (4) Retweeted supporters who openly espouse white nationalist beliefs. (5) Attacked a Hispanic judge as not being able to fairly judge his case. And (6) Recently defended a white power gathering in Charlottesville, legitimizing a hateful ideology in the process.

In my opinion, it is time to impeach this president before he does even more harm to our great country.

Bob Michaelsen,

Denton

What's the deal?

Brilliant. UNT's Kuehne Speaker Series schedules the son and namesake of the most divisive president imaginable, as well as a woman from Trump-faithful Fox News, then the school's athletic department announces plans to ask for double donations to its fundraising organization, the Mean Green Club. Trump Jr.'s dad wrote a book called The Art of the Deal.

I surely won't be the only one to ask where's the art and what's the deal?

Mark Spencer,

Cross Roads