Your turn, Aug. 21

Your turn, Aug. 21


Re: “Marine treks 1,500 miles for deported vets,” Metro, Tuesday:

I was really moved by this article on Ramon Castro’s trek. I was surprised to learn that non-U.S. citizens serving in the U.S. armed forces were not fast-tracked into American citizenship, particularly given the current situation for refugees from Afghanistan, not to mention the tremendous backlog of immigrants we now have.

Doesn’t it make those veterans no more than mercenary soldiers? Shame on us!

Judy Sobré

Fix gun laws

Re: “Honor gun rights,” Your Turn, Monday:

I believe that under current guns laws, anyone, even a previously law-abiding citizen, can walk into a church, store or many other public areas with an assault-style rifle and there is nothing the police or anyone else can do about it until they start shooting people down.

I find nothing honorable about that.

James Duderstadt

Abbott responsible?

Now that Gov. Greg Abbott has tested positive for COVID-19, can we be assured he was wearing a mask in appropriate settings? Is he concerned that he may have infected others and threatened their lives?

This is, indeed, a most callous behavior.

Jorge de la Garza

Voting against Texas

Re: “Biden’s bill sets up states for highway windfalls,” Business, Aug. 5:

According to this article, Texas would receive at least $26.9 billion for highway projects and $537 million for bridge repairs. Having recently driven on highways between San Antonio and New Mexico, I can say that oil traffic has done a number on our state highways, and oil truck traffic poses a safety hazard on narrow lanes and roads.

Let’s remember that both our illustrious senators voted against improving Texas infrastructure. They voted against money and jobs for Texas residents. And they voted against the safety of our people. I will remember to vote against both of them next chance I get.

Linda Gómez Richter

Depressing picture

I was recently walking past a well-known restaurant on Broadway that had a “Help Wanted” sign in the window. Then I walked past another well-known business with another “Help Wanted” sign. I then looked across the street and saw at least 20 homeless men younger than 30 drinking, littering and seemingly getting high at an abandoned Sonic.

I think this pretty much sums up America today. I later saw a few of these men panhandling as a young worker walked past them to start a shift at Whataburger, which also had a “Help Wanted” sign in the window.

There is something so wrong with this picture. How long as a society will we continue like this? I don’t know the answer to the homeless issue, but what I witnessed on an August evening isn’t something I’m cool with. Something has to change.

Shannon Deason



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