Reader Responses, January 17, 2014

Published on Thursday, 16 January 2014 21:18 - Written by


In recent days, the Tyler Paper has published a number of editorials about the “War on Poverty.”

The war on poverty has been in existence centuries before LBJ. In the Old Testament, Leviticus 19 and Deuteronomy 24 instruct the Israelites when harvesting wheat, olives, or grapes, to leave some for the alien, the fatherless and the widow,

Although a fiction character, Robin Hood was regarded as a champion in the war on poverty.

There is no single simple solution to diminishing poverty, or it cannot completely be eliminated.

Education would help. A proverb of unknown origin says, “Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day; show him how to catch fish, and you feed him for a lifetime.” Make education available, both colleges and trade schools. Carpenters, plumbers, electricians, and other craftsmen are needed as well as lawyers, doctors, engineers, and other professionals.

New modern technology requires trained skilled workers. Make technological education available. When Henry Ford was ask why he paid his employees so much. Henry Ford replied he wanted his employees to afford to purchase his cars.

Henry Ford pioneered a new age of economics. The automobile industry provided millions of living wage jobs, both in manufacturing and businesses necessary for cars, filling stations, tires, mechanics, petroleum, etc.

There are many charity organizations and church groups doing fine work alleviating poverty. Continue to aid these organizations and groups.

This above meager list cannot begin to list the number of ways to fight war on poverty. Don’t give up. We will win some battles.

Joe Forgy




Recently, Jake Tapper of CNN was interviewing Marcus Luttrell, author of “Lone Survivor,” and he insulted Marcus, the SEALs, and basically anybody who served in the military by stating that it was a terrible waste of life and a hopeless situation that the SEALs had been put in. Marcus, like a good SEAL, shot back — giving Tapper a lesson in dedication and never stopping to finish the mission.

What this country needs is people like Marcus and other U.S. veterans running for public office. They can focus on the mission. They are people who have already proven their love for this country and are willing to sacrifice whatever it takes to bring it back on track.

This country has a long history of having former soldiers in uniform as office-holders and even as presidents of the United States, going all the way back to George Washington.

I’d vote for Marcus.

Charlie Goff




Isn’t it ironic that when we have an extreme heat wave the environmentalists are quick to jump all over it as proof of global warming but if we have record-setting cold, nary a peep.

Gene Keith




Regarding the recent column by Walter Williams, we the people have rolled over and accepted any law that comes out of Congress, the president and the Supreme Court despite any gross violation of the Constitution.

I agree with Walter, except that I don’t think it is possible to restore the “constitutional values” that were framed in the beginning. It will take a serious move to secede by the states to regain control of their/our destinies! Those who love Empire, and love to dictate to people on how they should lives their lives will resist to the bitter end.

People should remain able to move freely between the states so they can live among those with similar views and values.

A couple we knew moved to Seattle, Washington because they were of the liberal bent and did not feel comfortable in deeply conservative East Texas. I wished them God-speed. They should be free to move where they feel at home — as we all should.

Dave Pierson