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January 5, 2019

Really just theftRe: “Legislature might debate the seizure of possessions,” Metro, Wednesday:So-called civil asset forfeiture is nothing more than legalized theft.The Fifth Amendment of the Constitution states “nor shall private property be taken for public use without just compensation.”This forfeiture is one of the most egregiously unconstitutional violations of the so-called “war on drugs” and should be stricken down by every judge in the land.Wayne Haymes, Leon ValleyBlame the parentsRe: “These kids were in U.S. custody, care,” Editorial, Tuesday:Those immigrant kids were in U.S. custody and care because a parent brought them here. Before then, they were in Mexico’s custody and care, and should have been in the United Nation’s custody and care, and before that they were in the parent’s care.So, who do we blame? Is the U.S. border supposed to be a clinic for anybody who needs health care?We have enough problems taking care of our own poor kids and other citizens, so why should we get all the blame for not taking care of some other country’s poor kids? It’s easy to blame President Donald Trump and his administration because the media always want to blame him for anything bad that happens.And then were going to have the future Democratic-controlled House waste taxpayer dollars investigating all this and come to the eventual result of blaming President Trump.So where does all this end?Robert M. Louie, HoustonStop the nonsenseIt nonsense to shut down the government every time the president and the Congress can’t agree on some issue. The result is usually that the legislative and executive branches go on a paid holiday and make little to no effort to solve the causative issues. Federal employees do not get paid and the rest of the country suffers.Wouldn’t it more reasonable to leave federal employees alone and stop the pay and benefits to the executive and legislative branches?Guaranteed, no more shutdowns!Lloyd R. Mathews, Rockport

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