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Letters to the editor, November 23

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Silent senators

Both of Texas' U.S. senators have remained silent concerning the GOP tax reform that gives huge breaks to the elite wealthy at the expense of the working class. I have written and called them several times with no response -- not even one of their standard form letters I get via email.

Aren't these fellows supposed to represent us or am I missing something in the fine print? Texas isn't the only state with "quasi-leadership," but ours are downright shirking their responsibility to answer a constituent's inquiries.

Maybe their pages are all on vacation, or maybe they just flat out don't care. I prefer to believe the latter.

Something as important as tax reform should merit a response from our Washington Slicks, but no. Maybe it's time to elect officials who actually care about our wants, needs and desires; senators who will actually bargain for us and not the corporate fat cats or their highly paid lobbyists.

There's got to be someone in Texas who cares, isn't there?

J. Aaron Cundall,
Denton

Defenseless dead

The decision by the Denton ISD school board to rename the Robert E. Lee Elementary School reeks of hypocrisy. Valid proposals improve under public scrutiny. Hasty concealment demonstrates fear of free speech, so they covertly surrender instead of deciding cases on facts rather than feelings.

The board members blithely accepted the hypocrisy of praising diversity before demanding exclusion.

Why does the addition of Alice Alexander demand the subtraction of Robert E. Lee? Is the marketplace of ideas (and new schools) too minuscule to accommodate both?

This controversy matters less about slavery, but more about who controls the narrative. Opponents safely dead for a century or more constitute easy targets. Where are the protests against real slavery now in the Sudan?

Furthermore, unlike the cruel Southern and Caribbean slavery of the 19th century where slaves had faint prospects of resisting or fleeing, we now annually slaughter more than 1 million utterly helpless American citizens in the womb. Where is the outrage over this barbaric exploitation?

The protesters play the "gotcha" game of identity politics against the defenseless dead.

Why should our school board members permit the precedent of excluding what a privileged few dislike under the pretext of opposing racism? Those advocates push us toward two hostile cultures resembling the French Revolution.

Lewis Toland,
Denton