Reader Responses, May 11, 2014

Published on Saturday, 10 May 2014 21:32 - Written by


On April 14, over 230 girls aged between 12 and 18 were abducted from their boarding school in Borno State, Nigeria. These girls were kidnapped by Boko Haram an Islamic group and terrorist organization.

This atrocity should in no way be tolerated by the world of decency. Many nations should unite to rescue these girls and put an end to these cruel terrorists.

Intelligence, satellite, and drone surveillance should be used to locate these precious girls. Information should be obtained about these thugs’ locations, movements, strengths, weakness, and weapons.

The UN should create an elite military of highly trained and specially equipped to rescue these precious girls and annihilate these cruel, unfeeling thugs.

The safety of the girls must be of utmost importance.

Joe Forgy



What’s wrong with this picture? The Tyler Independent School District, along with some 600 others around the state are suing the state of Texas to restore the $5 billion in funding that was cut out of the public school budget two sessions of the legislature ago. As Attorney General, Gregg Abbott is fighting the litigation rather than trying to reach a settlement. He has consistently supported balancing the state budget on the backs of public school children and teachers.

As Republican candidate for governor, Gregg Abbott comes to Tyler to hold a meeting at a public school to discuss his education policy. No small amount of irony there, particularly since the meeting was closed to the public. Something there is about “public” that both the TISD and Gregg Abbott don’t seem to appreciate.

Our public school system should not be conducting partisan political meetings of either party that are closed to the public. They keep forgetting that the public pays for the schools. The Republican candidate for governor should be ashamed of his abuse of the public.

David M. Henderson


Smith County Democratic Party


Smith County is 12th on Allstate’s list of Texas counties that have been slammed the most by severe weather. The insurer recently identified areas with the highest frequencies of wind and hail related property claims over the past five years.

Texans in general are exposed to more types of natural disasters than any other state. It’s not a question of if, but when severe weather will occur, so it’s important to take action now to protect your belongings.

Start by cleaning your garage, so you have space to park your car if there’s a hail storm. Remove dying tree limbs and outside furniture that could go airborne. Make an inventory of what you have in case your home or car is damaged. Also, call your insurer to make sure your coverages meet your needs.

If your property is damaged during a storm, file your claim as soon as possible, document damage, make temporary, emergency repairs, and work with licensed, bonded and insured contractors.

Sharie Withers



What if the U.S. is no longer a nation of laws? What if the Constitution is ignored?

What if our Congress has abdicated its responsibility and power? What if the president and the executive branch, including the attorney general, refuses to enforce laws legally passed by Congress (such as immigration and the Affordable Care Act)?

What if the Supreme Court persists in twisting words to make illegal fees, fines and enforcement penalty a tax instead, by calling it a “shared responsibility payment” — hence it is a Supreme Court Tax by convulsed reasoning. What if the IRS acts in a partisan way to punished citizens and groups who do not vote in an approved manner?

One answer fits all: Tyranny is taking over our democratic republic and Constitution.

Education about the topics of American history, culture, idealism and free enterprise capitalism has completely failed or (been successful depending on your viewpoint and hope for the future of America).

Harry Bergman