Texas Republican Book, Conscience Banned Like ‘Music Man’

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Oh we have a problem.  With a capital T, and those rhymes with a B, meaning books.

Oh we have a problem. With a capital T, and those rhymes with a B, meaning books.

moment “music man”

Oh we have a problem. Here at Keller ISD. With a capital T, and those rhymes with a B, meaning books.

The Keeler School Board found its version of the pool table in “The Music Man.” Books, the terrible things that spoil the minds of our children. Grapevine-Colleyville decided to go after those evil pronouns. Carroll ISD seems to stick to the old reliable theory, called “critical race theory”. (August 24, 1a, “Grapevine-Colleyville Schools Are Good On Gender And The Politics Of Race Theory”)

Anything that provokes fear and anger in the masses to get what they want.

For Harold Hill, it was money. These days, it’s power and control—executing the Texas Republican strategy of right-wing domination from the governor’s mansion all the way to the school boards.

So, a word to the wise from River City Mayor Shen: “Watch your phrases.”

– Dennis Novak, Fort Worth

Abolition of culture against our children

We often read about food deserts, those neglected communities where there are no fresh produce anywhere and store shelves only offer chips and sodas. Now that it’s a file The Keeler and Grapevine-Colliville school districts have enacted unforgiving library control measures and muzzled teachers.We may soon refer to these cities as deserts of education and ultimately as deserts of intelligence.

It hardly seems fair to children who want to learn to think for themselves. These policies come from the same people who criticize “abolition of culture” without looking in the mirror.

– Gary Potts, Dallas

There is no way to achieve justice

I am pleased that Star-Telegram covers many of the concerns about the juvenile justice system in Tarrant County. Judge Alex Kim has repeatedly violated the boycott policy without repercussions. (August 21, 4c, “Tarant’s Juvenile Justice Looks Horrible in Review”)

His handling of Child Protective Services cases was so questionable that those cases were removed from his purview. His judgment was so weak that his first appointee was removed from court because he was stopped by a judge’s order from being around anyone under 16. Subsequent appointees have not heard two-thirds of their cases in recent months.

Juvenile justice can help children who are having problems learn a better way to behave. Kim would rather break the rules and status than help the kids change their lives.

– Jerry Elkins Alexander, Hearst

Don’t follow those photos

Despite constant warnings from safety officials and others not to drive on flooded streets, the two photos on the front page of the Star-Telegram on August 23, the day after the historic flood in Dallas-Fort Worth, showed vehicles driving through the flooded streets.

Turn around, don’t drownUnless the picture is good, of course.

– Tom C Burke, Fort Worth

Help will be spread more widely

Why is canceling student loan debt so outrageous to some? Are tuition fees not expensive? Didn’t Joe Biden deal with this issue? This will have a greater economic impact than most people realize. And who hurts? The taxes for low-income people probably won’t be a penny higher.

Student debt became a form of slavery with long-term contracts. Having loan debt for more than 20 years and having to live with your parents because you cannot buy a house or start a family, even with a decent profession, is one of the well-deserved facts in our country.

– Michael Stouts, Julius

My family did not borrow

As I write this, the University of Texas at Arlington will be paying for my granddaughter’s tuition fees, parking, books, etc. It’s big there.

When I was born, I invested in a 529 savings plan to use when I went to college. When I graduated from high school, I decided to start at Tarrant County College. She lives with her parents, and we decided to pay that college out of our pocket and use the 529 when she went to college.

Since my hometown did not have a college for four years, I had to move out of town to attend college. I worked on campus for half my room and board and got a paid scholarship. My parents paid the rest. When I graduated, I got two degrees.

She began teaching in the Austin School District in the 1950s, and retired after more than 30 years in teaching. I got my master’s degree from the University of Utah in the 80’s, all propelled by me. There were no loans. My daughter also went to TCC and then graduated from a four-year university when she could afford it. Same thing for my husband.

We all worked while we were in college. None of us took out a loan.

– Lucille Beda, Arlington

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