Letters: Officer Rogelio Santander, the NRA, Michelle Wolf, H-1B Visas, National Day of Prayer

Honoring our protectorsRe: ''This is how we honor a hero' -- Relatives take comfort in the embrace of their 'new family,'" Wednesday news story.It was nice to read about honoring Officer Rogelio Santander. I think law enforcement and our military deserve more credit and honor for protecting us.Most of us only complain and never highlight the good. Four of our local military veterans have started Squadstx.com, a camp that teaches boys how to become men and learn problem-solving and survival skills through boot camp, scouting and camping.I'm impressed with anyone who is trying to make a difference. Once our youth learn alternatives to violence, we will have a safer community.Craig Lewis, DallasTrump gets a gun ban?Re: "Trump to speak at NRA meeting -- Late addition to event means he will visit Dallas twice in May," Monday news story.Does anyone else think it's very hypocritical for the National Rifle Association to ban guns from the convention while President Donald Trump attends to make his speech on Friday? I mean, if there is a "bad guy" who manages to get a gun inside, wouldn't they want a "good guy" with a gun to take him out? So apparently only Trump qualifies for gun bans, but the rest of us citizens and our children's schools do not. What's wrong with this picture ?Tina Sanchez, Pleasant GroveGun ban doesn't add upIt's ironic. President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence will speak at the NRA convention here in Dallas. No guns will be allowed. This comes from the very people who refuse to accept any sort of control of guns, even of automatic weapons. I don't get it.Jan Schroeder, PlanoJust send armed teachersI'm a bit concerned for the safety of President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence when they speak to the NRA convention. It seems there will be no guns inside the convention center, no "good guys with guns" to protect them. Maybe we should ask some armed teachers to be there just in case. Maybe they could participate in an active-shooter drill just to be prepared.Bob Lowrimore, AllenComedian crossed the lineRe: "After-dinner jokes were hard to digest -- Reaction to roast falls mainly along political lines," Monday news story.While not a Trump supporter, I do feel that comedian Michelle Wolf's comments crossed the line and were uncalled for. This was a dinner meeting of media professionals and everyone at the dinner, including Wolf, should be expected to conduct themselves in a manner that meets those professional standards. Leave the name-calling, crude jokes and boorish behavior to President Donald Trump. As my mother used to say, if you descend into the sewer to fight someone, you'll both stink.John Bianchi, WylieA higher level of ethicsWhile we all know President Donald Trump is certainly no angel, I would like to hold our news correspondents to a somewhat higher level of ethics and professionalism. Watching the White House Correspondents' Association dinner was shocking to say the least. Comedian Michelle Wolf's roast of Trump and his administration was the most vulgar piece of work I have ever witnessed. Either the press has sunk to an all-time low or my expectations of its behavior, practices and standards are totally unfounded. The dinner was a total disgrace to the profession. Tom Oliver, GreenvilleU.S. workers lose againRe: "H-1B visa crackdown bad news for D-FW," by Mitchell Schnurman, Sunday Business column.Of course, companies want more visas. It lets them hire foreign workers, who work for far less pay, to replace American workers. There are many examples. CBS' 60 Minutes did a piece on this in March 2017. Not only were companies replacing American workers with foreign workers, the American workers were made to train their replacements. There's the Iowa meatpacking plant that brought in foreign workers who were forced to work long hours for minimal pay. If a worker complained, the company canceled the worker's visa. There's the Chicago job placement service that used code words to make sure Americans did not get the open jobs. Jobs went to foreign workers because they worked for less money and would not complain. These examples, and more, are easy to find with a Web search. With the open-borders folks on the left, and the desire for a glut of low-paid foreign workers on the right, the American worker is getting squeezed.Jesse Spurway, Farmers BranchWhat about abuse in U.S.?Re: "Words of warning -- I'm alarmed that we're forgetting this genocide, says Florence Shapiro," Saturday Viewpoints.How can the Dallas Holocaust Museum do a newspaper reporting project on the coverage in the '30s and '40s of the racist abuse in Europe without also pointing to the abuse that was happening in this country to the black community in Dallas?What newspaper coverage was given to the racism close to home?It is hypocritical to cover one topic across the ocean and not cover the same abuse that was happening here at home at the same time.Bill Betzen, DallasDallas, get with the timesRe: "Vote delayed on removing Confederate memorial," Saturday news story.The Dallas City Council's failure to remove Confederate monuments, symbols of white supremacy, is an embarrassment. When I moved to Dallas in 1979, having grown up on Army posts and in an integrated community outside of Washington, D.C., I felt like I had moved to 1955. It still feels like Dallas is in 1955. It is time to stop honoring these defenders of slavery and traitors to the country. Remove the monuments!Sandy Rollins, East DallasWhat I fear mostIslamic terrorism doesn't scare me nearly as much the arrogance, ignorance, greed and stupidity exhibited by so many in America today.Kelley Murrell, DallasNational Day of PrayerThursday, May 3, is the National Day of Prayer. Its purpose is to communicate to everyone the need for personal repentance and prayer. The theme this year is unity, from Ephesians 4:3, "Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace." Jesus told us that the first and greatest commandment is to love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul and mind, and the second is to love your neighbor as yourself (Matthew 22:36-39). Our nation is being torn apart because we no longer follow these instructions and everything else taught in the Bible. John Adams, our second president, from 1797 to 1801, said, "Our Constitution was made for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to govern any other." Pray that God would work in all of our hearts to "Make America godly again." This is a special day to remind us to pray for each other, our country, our leaders and our military people. For more information, go to nationaldayofprayer.org. Bob Mattila, Brush Prairie, Wash.  Continue reading...

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