Letters – Democratic Candidate Debate, Immigration, Jonathan Stickland, Iran

Democrats look to the futureRe: "Texans tangle in Dem debate — Warren is focus, but O'Rourke, Castro spar on immigration," Thursday news story,I was very impressed with the performances of many of the Democratic Party presidential hopefuls at Wednesday's debate (10 in all appeared), particularly with Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren (expected), former HUD Secretary Julian Castro (unexpected) and Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (unexpected), all three who I think could beat President Donald Trump in 2020.Unlike the Republican Party debates in 2016, ideas and issues, not personal insults, were the focus, which was rather refreshing. Things like climate change, protecting the environment, improving health care and lowering its costs, raising minimum wages, equal pay for women, a more humane and effective immigration policy, improving our country's crumbling infrastructure, lowering prescription medication costs, more minority rights including an end to voter suppression, gun control, alternatives to fossil fuel (like solar and wind-generated energy) and an improved education system were discussed, which will improve our country if not the world.The candidates were very knowledgeable, well-informed and prepared, cordial to each other and had sensible ideas, with their eyes on the future and not the past.Kenneth L. Zimmerman, Huntington Beach, Calif. Take care of veterans firstWill someone please help me understand why the Democratic Party supports criminal activity of illegal immigration and spends billions of dollars protecting and taking care of these criminals? Why are they not concerned with the welfare and safety of our military veterans? The criminals get instant medical attention, veterans have to wait weeks and months. Criminals get three meals a day, a bed and a place to sleep. We have veterans sleeping on the street. I do not understand. Why are criminals treated better than our veterans? Maybe those Democrats should be put on the street or even in jail!Robert L. Roberts, PointWhy is GOP creating this crisis?Based on the government's own statistics on immigration, there was no immigration crisis until President Donald Trump created it with his zero-tolerance policy. Republicans have had many years to address the issue of immigration and have chosen to ignore it.Why has the GOP created this crisis? Who is profiting from these private concentration camps? Why are taxpayers being charged $750 a day per detainee and yet no soap, toothbrush, diapers, supervision? Where is all that money going? I'm sure you could offer almost any American $750 a day and we'd be able to ensure the safety and well-being of any of these people.The crisis is this government. We've dealt with far more immigrants in the past. What's wrong with this government that it can't?I expect my elected officials to take immediate action and stop this horrific policy that is making America an ugly country. We don't cage innocent people seeking asylum. Monsters do that.Heather Heiting, RichardsonTexas won't miss SticklandRe: "Republican Stickland won't seek re-election — Divisive tea party firebrand happy to step away after 8 years," Tuesday Metro & Business story.It was my good news of the day when I learned that this man will not seek re-election. I heard with some skepticism his statement that he had prayed about this. Prayer? From a man who wanted every citizen to have unrestricted access to any available gun, as though our society isn't already suffering greatly from the massive amounts of guns and ammunition out there.If you asked Christians what they would like to see to improve our society, what rational person would say more guns? And the last (and only) bill he ever passed was to remove red-light cameras. This removes a source of revenue for cities struggling with the new cap on property taxes. Further, research has shown that red-light cameras reduce T-bone crashes at intersections. This also takes away a means of enforcing traffic laws, which is sorely needed in Dallas where we have reckless drivers and a shortage of police officers. Great contribution, Mr. Stickland. You will not be missed.Donna Gregory, East DallasGood riddance? I'll second thatRe: "Don't cry for Stickland," by John R. Cobarruvias, Wednesday Letters.Thanks to this writer for calling out the disgraceful inequity in the amount of retirement paid to Texas legislators and that paid to our retired teachers, who are generally much more hardworking and critical to the needs of the public than most state legislators. Even for the best legislators, 140 days of major work every two years hardly compares to the countless hours required to be a good teacher.I would offer a big amen to the writer's good riddance to Stickland and the hope that dogs forever nip at his heels. And I would add the hope that Stickland or someone he loves doesn't someday get mowed down by one of the chronic red-light runners who are now protected by the law he championed to remove the cameras designed to keep them in check.Karen Rosenthal, IrvingRemember, Trump's a businessmanRegarding the Sunday letters about Iran, you have to be amused concerning the ignorance of many of the writers. Democrats trashing President Donald Trump because he allegedly denigrated the intelligence agencies. Now they denigrate the intelligence agencies over "shoddy intelligence" leading to wars in Vietnam and Iraq. The Gulf of Tonkin incident didn't happen as announced by President Lyndon Johnson — it was a convenient way for politician to do what he wanted to do. One talks about hiking gas prices — any problem with gasoline pricing in America is caused by overload at our refineries (and weird California gasoline variations). Most do not understand we do not have a politician as president or a feckless novice. We have a pragmatic businessman.Robert E. Kunkle, McKinneyAdvice for PompeoSecretary of State Mike Pompeo's coalition can be effective but he needs to start closer to the center of the action. He should first enlist Israel, Jordan and the southern half of Yemen, be headquartered in Aden, and perhaps Egypt. These are the states are surrounding the actual target, Saudi Arabia, and its massive oil reserves.John Petteway, Dallas/Lakewood'Proportional' or 'obliteration'?Our president used the term "proportional response" recently when referring to Iran. Now he is using the term "obliteration." Is this an indication that his brain is obliterated? Something seems wrong. And frightening.Charles McRaney, Dallas  Continue reading...

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