Letters to the editor – Bob Dole, insurance, Rep. Van Taylor, Rep. Kay Granger, profits, history
Cruz ignores decency
As I watched Bob Dole’s memorial service at the National Cathedral, I was humbled again as I remembered his generation’s sacrifices for our nation. The eulogies reminded us all of Dole’s half century of bipartisan leadership and selfless service in times of war and peace.
As the camera panned the dignitaries in the sanctuary, one person stood out: Texas’ junior senator Ted Cruz, who was exposed in the midst of a sea of masked mourners. No matter that the National Cathedral required masks and the family required it, Cruz had to make it political and defy the rules, not to mention common sense. His disrespect for the decency of the National Cathedral was appalling.
Surely he could have paid some homage to a great American hero and to the magnificent building that served as the venue for the occasion. Or he should have stayed home.
John Hitt, Dallas / Oak Lawn
Ceremony in honor of Dole
What a beautiful and fitting ceremony at the U.S. Capitol honoring the life of Senator Bob Dole. Dole respected every corner of the political spectrum for his strength, wisdom, intelligence, friendliness, and humor.
Paul Bacon, Hallandale Beach, Florida.
The premiums should reflect the vaccination
Subject: “Get Insurance Companies Involved,” by Larry Crompton, Thursday Letters.
My last employer’s pre-retirement insurance policy required annual blood tests to prove non-smoking. Failure to take or pass the test will increase the award by $ 50 per month. Given the insurance industry’s insatiable and unabashed hunger for cost containment (profit?), Where are their similar demands on premium penalties for non-vaccination?
Terry Trewitt, Euless
Small utility company cited
Subject: “‘Lights stay on,” says utility manager – 8 power companies cited for not filing weathering plans, “Thursday on the news.
Only in the penultimate paragraph of this article does it say, “They make up less than 1% of Texas’s power generation capacity.”
That should be the guide.
Lynn Adams, garland
There is no justification for Taylor’s answer
Re: “No Defense for Gosar”, by Milo Gienger, Thursday Letters.
I also wrote to Congressman Van Taylor to express my dismay at his failure to blame Congressman Paul Gosar for tweeting an animated video of him murdering a colleague and assaulting another. After reading this letter from Gienger, I was relieved to find that my fellow citizens felt just as uncomfortable that our Congressman Gosar did not blame, and that my neighbors were equally appalled by Taylor’s absence and ambiguity.
In my letter from Taylor, he essentially replied that the threat of murdering a colleague was part of the “marketplace of ideas.” I was also speechless when I read this. And after a few sentences complained about how divided Washington had become.
Jason Aprill, Plano
Remembering Granger’s roots
I graduated from Richland High School in 1969, where future MP Kay Granger, R-Fort Worth, was a teacher. Granger served under the following traditional Republicans: Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, George HW Bush, and George W. Bush. She switched to the current Republican Party under Trump. In a prepared statement, Granger said, “With so much at stake, we need leaders who stand up and fight to take our land back. I have the experience of stopping the radical left’s attack on our country. … I understand how important it is … to build the wall on our southern border … and to fight Biden’s socialist agenda. “
Perhaps Granger should soften their language in light of a mob’s “attack” on the Capitol and an attempt to overthrow our government. “Radical Left” and “Socialist Agenda”?
If the current Republican Party were to nominate traditional business conservatives looking to make advances in legislation, old hands like me could vote for them and a more proactive and constructive agenda. I disagree with everything Biden suggests, but I’m proud of my vote for him.
To Mrs. Granger (the teacher): Take a deep breath and remember your roots. Come back to your students and make us proud.
Gerald E. Bunger, Sunnyvale
Do the right thing
As a social studies teacher at a middle school, I always advise my students that not everything that is “right” is always right. The same is true of entrepreneurial endeavors to benefit from their ventures. Just because something makes money doesn’t mean it is right to do so. I advise America to consider this now. On the brink of so many significant social, political, environmental and financial cliffs, it is not what we have to do that is popular or profitable. We have to do the right thing.
Chris Cooper, Farmers Branch
My life in “Today in Time”
For years I have been reading and waiting for the “today in time”, in which all listed historical events occurred during my lifetime. It happened last Thursday. You have six historical events starting in 1965 and ending in 2013 that easily fall within my years on this earth from 1950 to 2021.
In 1965, I saw A Charlie Brown Christmas on an old black and white Admiral television in Casper, Wyoming, with tin-coated rabbit ears to get the signal from Denver. In 1987 I was in the oil business in Texas and the Palestinian insurrection drove up oil prices and global unrest.
In 1990 I saw Lech Wałęsa go from being a dock worker to becoming President of Poland. (I hope Russia keeps its hands off Poland. They are becoming palpable lately.)
In 1992 I saw Charles and Diana’s marriage break up, their life plunging into a young death, and leaving behind two boys. In 2000, I was in Washington, DC, on a tour of the US Capitol when the Supreme Court ruled on the hanging Chads in Florida.
In 2013, the search for life and water on Mars was getting closer. What will my next 20 years bring?
James Sherrard, Plano
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