Letters to the Editor — Book bans, teacher salaries, Dade Phelan, Rep. Jasmine Crockett

The book prohibits child abuse

Then: “If learning is a priority…” by Kenneth Jones, Thursday Letters.

Thank you, Kenneth Jones, for your letter suggesting teachers insist on a bleak future.

I taught high school English for 16 years and loved it. Sadly, today many of the books I needed my gifted and proud students to read are on the list some parents are asking to be banned from the library.

I am reminded of a novel about the effects of pornography and related arguments about freedom of speech: seven minutesBy Irving Wallace. In the courtroom scene, a parent stands up and is asked to define obscenity. She said you know it when you see it!

The defense attorney read a passage that asked her if it was obscene. She said it was. She was surprised to learn this from the Song of Solomon in the Bible. This shows the importance of knowing how to interpret tasks.

ban Huckleberry Finn, To kill a mockingbird And many others are robbing our children of an education that teaches them to think. What if parents decide on curriculum that the earth is flat; The Holocaust did not happen; Wasn’t slavery wrong in our country? You get the idea!

Let’s pay our teachers as professionals and give them the respect they deserve.

Carol McNaught, Athens

Don’t forget retired government employees

Mr Jones points out that retired teachers have not received a living wage for 16 years. late here, Dallas Morning News There are many stories and opinion pieces running for teacher pay increases and COLAs for retired teachers.

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However, what is lost or downright ignored is the fact that retired government employees – those who have dedicated their lives to protecting children and the elderly, the most vulnerable among us Served, who has served in state law enforcement agencies and almost every government agency serving the people of Texas – has not received a COLA for 21 years!

And in view of our increasing population, the demand for hiring staff to serve in these positions is increasing day by day. So I ask, why are Texas state retirees being ignored in additional state budget stories and editorials?

Keith Hartlein, Denison

The curse word is not the issue

I don’t think I’m getting it across when I say that the good citizens of Katy ISD who opposed author Emma Straub’s visit did so because of her stance on guns and controlling women’s bodies. Instead of her using the F-word completely unrelated. forum

Scott Presnall, Frost

This will go to the egg budget

This is truly heartbreaking for state elected officials to brag, pat themselves on the back, and promote a potential tax cut of $355 a year in property taxes! To think that a small amount would have a significant impact on ordinary homeowners or especially senior citizens is ludicrous.

The good news is that I can start buying eggs again with this potential amount.

D. Wilson, Plano

Giving Phelan credit

I may not agree with everything Speaker Dad Phelan believes, but I have to give him credit for keeping the legislature together. He refused to accept banning chairs if they identify as more than two genders and also refused to let minor agenda items such as banning someone from using pronouns in emails take center stage.

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It’s refreshing to see a leader willing to stand up to the most extreme members of his party and focus on the important issues that really matter to the people of Texas. The speaker’s opening remarks were a clear indication that he has disdain for the few conservatives who blocked the Republican Party in Washington, D.C., during the speaker’s vote.

Let’s hope we have a meaningful, productive meeting with Texans’ best interests at hand. In today’s political climate, it is more important than ever to have leaders who are willing to put their personal beliefs aside and work for the greater good.

Chanda Parbo, Dallas

Crockett’s vote was a surprise

Wow! What a start. U.S. Representative Jasmine Crockett voted “no” on all of the following: 1. Establishing a Select Subcommittee on Arming the Federal Government as a Select Investigative Subcommittee of the Judiciary Committee; 2. The Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Act; 3. Expressing the sentiment of Congress condemning the recent attacks on pro-life institutions, groups, and churches; and 4. Protecting US strategic petroleum reserves from Chinese law. And all this passed in the House of Representatives!

Kevin Good, Dallas

what a joke

You have to laugh – the GOP is in a real pickle with George Santos. Everything they say and lie about him shows their hypocrisy in supporting and defending the former president. Unfortunately, they desperately need him to build their majority in the House. It must be hard to keep a straight face. I don’t know how they do it.

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Jeff Dietrich, Frisco

Pass the baton

As we look ahead to upcoming election seasons, and as we prioritize increasing voter participation, while acknowledging the historically low turnout among young voters, we must address the issue of age. solve

There seems to be a reluctance among the political elite in both parties to “cross over a little”. Prospective candidates in their 70s and 80s constantly argue that they are as sharp as ever, that they haven’t lost a step, and so on.

That may be true, but it doesn’t help encourage younger voters (like people under 70). There’s also an incompetent, downright insult that suggests someone else isn’t worthy.

As much as I admire maturity and wisdom, I’m going to put it beyond a point, it’s not a function of age. What is the task of the age is the privilege of focusing on the development of those who ensure that there is a deep bench of qualified, tested and recognized leaders. This is what I hope our “senior” political leaders will do.

Kathy Murphree, Richardson

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