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Wednesday letters: Taylor Swift, Bill Clinton

October 9, 2018

Just star-struckRegarding “Taylor Swift’s endorsement of Democrats causes spike in voter registrations (Chron.com, Tuesday): Celebrities shouldn’t use their popularity as influence, wrong motivation! Encourage everyone to vote, but do your research. Don’t vote for someone or a specific party because someone influences you for their agenda!Eydie Cannon, posted via FacebookBig differenceRegarding “Clintons to embark on joint 13-city tour” ( Newsmakers, Tuesday): It is amusing how the Clintons are always looking for new ways to enrich themselves. Compare that with another former president of the United States. The Carters, Jimmy and Rosalynn, are always looking for new ways to eradicate diseases in underdeveloped countries through the Carter Foundation and alleviate poverty by personally building homes through Habitat for Humanity.Narasimhan Kumar, MontgomeryEnergized by respectI recently saw a political cartoon by which has a husband stating, “I’m not voting for anyone who runs negative campaign ads.” His wife replies, “So you’re not voting?”I am very grateful that in my precinct and across the state of Texas we have several candidates who have vowed to not run negative ads or spend time tarnishing their opponents. I volunteer for one such candidate and I am constantly impressed by the emphasis that we are to be respectful and nonconfrontational toward those who are not supporters. There are many of us who are energized by this focus on what will bring citizens together rather than continue to divide us.I reject the idea that winning requires vilifying an opponent or his or her supporters. I am not naive, and I have strong views, but I am going to love and respect my neighbor.Jeanne Clark, BoerneNo incentive to changeRegarding “Houston keeps building new homes in flood plains” (Front page, Sunday): Why do we build homes in the flood plains? Because people will buy them. Why will people buy them? Because the rest of us subsidize their flood insurance.The system is designed to encourage flood plain development.Until the flood insurance program is turned into an actual insurance program, where premiums actually cover the risks, nothing will change.Alan Jackson, Houston

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