Letters to the Editor – Texas A&M newspaper, US Postal Service, term limits, girls and school

Keep the battalion printed

As a journalist and former editor of The battalion, I’m disappointed that the president of Texas A&M ordered the publication to stop printing hard copies. His decision to destroy a 129-year-old tradition came without seeking input from newspaper staff or journalism professors.

For more than a century, iconic newspaper headlines have preserved history: “Kennedy Slain on Dallas Street”, “A Man Walks on the Moon” and most recently, The Battalion“Roll Tears Roll” from A&M’s improbable victory over Alabama.

From a journalist’s perspective, nothing beats the adrenaline rush associated with meeting a print deadline. I remember rushing into a busy newsroom in the mid-1980s with only minutes to write an article in time to meet the newspaper’s deadline for publication. This kind of pressure helps create competent journalists.

Texas A&M has countless traditions that make our university unique. Some traditions simply should not change or cease to exist. Surely the university can provide the resources for a publication that has served Aggies since 1893. And students deserve to have ink on their fingers if they prefer a hard copy.

Ann Pask, Dallas/Preston Hollow

Treat USPS as Utility

I am constantly amazed at the criticism of our US Postal Service. In 2006, the USPS was forced to fund future retiree health benefits. The public does not seem to be aware of this onerous obligation which no other body has. politifact.com/factchecks/2020/apr/15/afl-cio/widespread-facebook-post-blames-2006-law-us-postal/

In my opinion, the USPS is like a public service that serves everyone and is not a for-profit company. Regulation and funding should take this into account. The USPS got pretty whipped.

Jeri Chilcutt, Benbrook

Lawmakers must stay at home

Re: “He’s for term limits”, by Peter Stack, February 13 Letters.

Stack believed that term limits for members of Congress might be the only way for our government to stop overspending due to its focus on getting every member re-elected. I would go further than that. Is there a reason Washington, DC exists as a gathering place for Congress now that we have such reliable telecommunications?

Legislators should reside where most affected by the laws they pass. A single city where all major political decisions are made is an invitation to corruption and lobbying. Return all members of Congress to their districts and convene Congress one week a month, or less. Texas does business that way, so does DC.

Beverly Roberts, vine

Reforms condemned in Congress

In theory, term limits for members of Congress are a good idea. The same goes for campaign finance reform aimed at taking a lot of money out of congressional campaigns. If these are such good ideas, why has nothing been done to pass legislation to implement them?

The answer, of course, is obvious. The people who should vote for a law to enact these good ideas are the very people who benefit the most from the absence of such a law. In other words, to pass such legislation, the majority of members of Congress would have to vote against their own self-interest.

Do we have enough congressmen in the House or Senate who would pass laws that would benefit not themselves but their constituents? The answer is clearly no.

Tom NaylorDallas

Keeping Girls in School Act

Over the past decade, the world has seen more women in political and leadership positions than ever before. This is due to the fact that more women have gone to school and become involved in the labor market. Around the world, women face many educational challenges. and that is why the Keeping Girls in School Act must be supported.

According to UNESCO, more than 11 million girls may not return to school this year due to COVID-19. More girls than boys are likely to drop out of school due to early marriage and family pressure, to name a few reasons. en.unesco.org/covid19/educationresponse/girlseducation

The Keeping Girls in School Act helps girls access quality education, which in turn contributes to economic growth, improved gender equality and reduced violence in the world. This is a long term strategy with serious payoffs. This is why the Borgen Project, which is a non-profit organization fighting global poverty, is pushing for this bill to be approved in Congress. To take action, we can email, call, and send letters to our Senators and Representatives to protect this law so girls can stay in school.

Felicitas Yari, West Dallas

Vaccinations show love

Don’t say you love me. Show me that you love me. Week after week I realize more and more the lack of love in the church. When our pastor announced a mask mandate and social distancing last year, everyone complied. There were complaints, but everyone wore a mask.

Now it’s a matter of choice. Week after week, different Sunday School classes are quarantined. After the fact, we discovered that unvaccinated members walking among us week after week have now died of COVID-19.

Many children are not vaccinated. Almost no one wears a mask. My wife and I are fortunate to still have three older relatives with us and we want to protect them.

The theory that people can make their own decisions responsibly is just a theory. Wearing a mask is not a burden. Wearing a mask is a blessing for those around us. Getting the shots will save your life and probably the lives of many people in your church and community.

John Combs, Garland

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