Shared from the 10/7/2019 Houston Chronicle eEdition


Drop the nonsense

God bless Trump

Regarding “House panel to hear source in probe” (Front page, Sept. 30): To tear our country apart over nonsense is not worthwhile. The rest of the world surely is laughing. Let’s get on with the fixing of Washington, D.C. Leave the nonsense and Democrats behind. For the first time in history, we elected aperson rather than a political server. God save Trump!

Gary Stevens, Westfield

Deal is outrageous

Regarding “Craddick: 2020 Democratic candidates’ policies would destroy Texas economy” (Outlook, Sept. 12): Ever since I stepped into middle school, climate change has been drilled as a drastic and immediate problem in today’s world. Now as a high schooler, the push has become even more apparent in both social and formal settings.

Recently, a piece of legislation called the “Green New Deal” takes drastic measures to supposedly stop the world from ending in a dozen years with a complete flip to renewable energy. The proposal would also provide funding for housing, food and other resources to anyone who needs assistance from the government. It sounds like the obvious choice. What most people don’t understand, however, is the severe price to implement these policies.

Luckily, members of Congress in Texas, where oil and gas are the bread and butter of many Americans, are fighting back to keep the number of jobs growing. As long as we keep that number climbing steadily, people can come up from poverty, instead of getting a handout.

Jette Morris, Cypress

Bully tactics

Regarding “16-year-old know it all should review the history“ (Column, Cal Thomas, Sept. 26): So, Greta Thunberg is a precocious youth? Seriously? Columnist Cal Thomas quotes “50 Years of Failed Ecopocalyptic Predictions” in his skewed, condescending and, frankly, uninformed derision of Thunberg, but do you know who funds the Competitive Enterprise Institute? Among others, it is funded by individuals, corporations and foundations. Most of the largest donations come from fossil fuel industry. Hmm ... so why wouldn’t they deny what 95 percent of the world’s scientists clearly demonstrate with facts? Why is it that you bypassed actual data regarding rising sea levels, melting polar ice, increased storm intensity, sustained rainstorms, wildfires, tsunamis and record-setting heat waves and drought?

Those are documented, scientific facts, not failed predictions. You, sir, are the adolescent in the room.

Charles Brown, Spring

Faith and sports in schools

Regarding “Two powerful influences on education can have a positive impact” ( The opinion piece by Danny Massey — superintendent of Brazosport ISD — regarding athletics and prayer was informative. He wrote that students who participate in athletics and attend church regularly have higher GPAs and higher graduation rates. This got me to thinking about school shooting deaths and injuries, which have become so common. I wondered what the cause was. As an experienced research and forensic engineer, I look for fundamental correlations in events. The one event that jumps out is the 1962 Supreme Court decision banning official school prayer in public school. Plotting school shooting deaths on a time-line and noting some major historical events, it should be clear that banning prayer in public schools appears to have a direct correlation to the increase in public school shootings.

After about 15 years, no one in public schools had ever heard a prayer in a public school. So, the chickens have come home to roost with the law of unintended consequences. The fervor to ensure separation of church and state by banning prayer in public schools has been disastrous. The high court has overturned erroneous rulings in the past. It’s beyond time to overturn the 1962 decision.

John M. Clark, Conroe

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