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Your Turn: Feb. 7

February 7, 2019

A bigger sinVirginia Gov. Ralph Northam, a Democrat, is asked to resign over a picture taken in 1984 and printed in his medical yearbook. A picture that supposedly showed him with a black face. First, he admits to it, then he backtracks — the usual thing politicians do these days. This is something that happened 35 years ago!But when the governor made the case for abortion while a baby is being born, nobody said much about it. It was sort of swept under the rug. He thought it was fine to kill a baby and, yes, this man is a medical doctor.I agree he should resign, but not for smearing shoe polish on his face and doing the moonwalk, but for thinking it is all right to kill a baby!Sabine Maytum, Universal CityNot ’just a dog’I watched most of the procession and funeral service for Chucky, the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office K-9 who was killed in the line of duty.No doubt there will be complaints from residents who were inconvenienced on the highways because of the procession of first responders from the Alamodome to Community Bible Church. There will probably be comments like, “All this for just a dog.”Chucky was not “just a dog.” He was a highly trained member of the sheriff’s department. He was also a family member to his handler — Deputy Kevin Rasmussen. There may be continuing debate as to why Chucky was not wearing his protective vest. Regardless, Chucky did what he was asked to do and, in the process, saved the life of his handler and probably many others by taking down an armed criminal, continuing to fight though mortally wounded.Sheriff Javier Salazar rendered a great salute to Chucky during the service, but I believe his most outstanding comments were made early on as the procession of first responders was forming at the Alamodome. He said during his law enforcement career he had attended many services for fallen officers. The fact that Chucky had four legs versus two was irrelevant — he was a deputy sheriff killed in the line of duty.Just a dog? I think not. The show of support — locally and throughout the state — indicates how much the law enforcement community appreciate what their four-legged first responders do.Steve SpearBetter tacticsRe: “K-9 heartbreak,” Your Turn, Monday:I agree with Gloria Johnson’s letter about Chucky. I, too, watched the drama unfold on TV. By my count, the handler had ample time to put a vest on him. It also seemed there could have been better tactics used by the officers to hem the suspect in and take him down. Would a human officer have been sent in without protective gear?A beautiful creature gave his life doing what he was trained to do. Too bad he wasn’t protected by the organization that trained him.Dinah AureliBilingual and proudRe: “El señor Castro no habla español,” Another View, Jan. 24:I honor my parents for instilling in me and my siblings how to be proud Americans of Mexican descent. Within that premise, they also believed we should be be bilingual and bicultural. While neither of my parents were born in Mexico, they spoke perfect Spanish and perfect English.I remember in high school, I was “caught” speaking Spanish during lunch and was ordered to report to detention after school. I called my mother, and she told me to meet her in the principal’s office after school. She asked the principal to show her my transcript to discuss my grades. She pointed out my A’s in English and Spanish, and told them I would not be sent to detention for speaking two languages. I was not sent to detention.I am not sure why we are in awe of Europeans for speaking two, three and sometimes four languages. In the U.S., we are relegated to be monolingual in English. My mother told me if I only spoke English, I would still be seen as a Mexican because of how I looked, so she taught us how to fit in two worlds.My sister earned her Ph.D., and my brother and I earned master’s degrees. My parents were my heroes, and I would hope there are more like them.Be proud of who you are and let no one make you feel less than others. I actually feel special because I am bilingual, bicultural and, above all, a proud American.S.H. RodriguezUseful or beautifulRe: “No joy sparked,” Your Turn, Sunday:I feel Marilyn Stewart’s pain when it comes to socks and saucepans “sparking joy.” May I offer my own favorite bit of advice from the brilliant designer William Morris:“Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.”Amanda Churchill-BergmanBowl not SuperDid you watch the Incompetent Bowl?Richard WallishDemocrat? OKRe: “Ultimate power,” Your Turn, Sunday:I wonder why John Carhart of Seguin never said a word when Barack Obama was abusing his executive privilege. I guess it’s OK if you’re a Democrat. I’m sure Mr. Carhart falls into that category.Jerry RossmanScooters will winAll the hoopla about what to do about scooter ordinances is a laugh. The scooter companies will get anything they want due to our City Council.It will be just like the fireworks and cellphone ordinances. What is it going to take? One death or several deaths? Why doesn’t the city get serious about increasing the fines and truly enforcing the policies?Keith MacFarland

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