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September 27, 2018

Inspiring storyRe: “Spurs’ draft pick the hope of a hardscrabble town,” front page, Sunday:The Lonnie Walker IV story has two big messages. The first is the huge role Lonnie III played in his son’s development into a fine young man and budding NBA player. How we all wish there were more involved fathers in the ’hoods and, yes, the barrios too.History has told us that one of the biggest factors in the successful development of a young child into an adult is the presence of the father. The other is the very stable and matter-of-fact way Lonnie IV is taking all this in.I pray to God that he will look out for him and guide him to success in the NBA. I am optimistic that will occur, but we must keep in mind that old saying — power and money intoxicate. I pray that he will not be intoxicated by all the newly acquired fame and fortune.John MenchacaDentures for vetsRe: “Prisoners routinely can’t get dentures,” front page, Monday:As a dentist for 37 years, I can understand the necessity of dentures/partial dentures to maintain adequate nutrition.I am a supervising dentist at a local dental hygiene college and was in private practice for 32 years. Our receptionist received a phone call from a U.S. veteran inquiring if we make dentures. The VA hospital had pulled all his teeth prior to treatment for head and neck cancer. But because he wasn’t 100 percent disabled, they would not construct dentures for him!I submit to Keri Blakinger, the staff writer who wrote the article on dentures for prison inmates, and perhaps Sig Christenson, your military writer, that they research how our veterans are still being treated at the VA. My sympathies lie with our veterans who have given so much for our country.Blakinger’s article did mention how dentures/partials used to be made in prisons. This would be a good skill to develop in the prison educational system and a way to minimize costs. Perhaps this needs to be redeveloped.Cheryl HubblePot and kettleThe majority leader of the Senate, Mitch McConnell, recently took the floor of the Senate and chastised Democrats for slow-playing the nomination process by bringing up a smear campaign against Brett Kavanaugh, the nominee.Sorry, Mitch, but no sale! You are the one who started this war on a Supreme Court seat by slow-playing President Barack Obama’s nominee for eight or nine months. You wouldn’t even hold hearings or have a conversation with the nominee, which not only insulted Obama but the democratic process, not to mention me.I’m aware of dirty politics, but that one stunk.Hold hearings, review evidence, debate the facts, and then vote!Stan GraysonOK to question“My country, right or wrong” is a ridiculous and naïve concept. As great as America is, there are still problems — racial relations, certainly.Indeed, there is no comparison in countries and times, but there should have been more “kneeling objectors” before it was too late in Nazi Germany in the ’30s.Clay McGaughyDon’t lie, CruzTexans are big on honesty. And dishonesty comes in many forms. One of the most manipulative is misrepresenting the truth for your own gain. This is exactly what Ted Cruz has done by claiming that Rep. Beto O’Rourke said the police are the new Jim Crow.People can hear for themselves on internet videos that O’Rourke actually said injustice based solely on skin color is the new Jim Crow.Don’t we, as faith-driven Texans, deserve someone who has no need to twist truths to gain our support.“Thou shall not lie.” We must make that the standard for those who represent us. We need someone working for us. I believe that we have an opportunity to say that Texas will no longer be represented by dishonesty on Nov. 6. That’s why O’Rourke gets my vote.Lana Hansen, AustinBill Miller, tooWell-deserved kudos to the University of Texas at San Antonio downtown campus and the outstanding contributions to this dream by Graham Weston, UTSA President Taylor Eighmy and our elected leaders.But let us not forget the Bill Miller Bar-B-Q family who bought the “pink elephant” site and donated it on the condition that a UTSA campus be built downtown.Their vision was the little acorn now growing into this mighty oak.David A. LadensohnQuietly reverentUnder the guise of historical education and reverence, Alamo Plaza is about to become “a more quiet and reverent place.” Currently the plaza is a vibrant area in the center city that attracts a diversity of people in significant numbers to a multitude of attractions and city events.Are the residents of San Antonio and the state of Texas in the process of spending tens of millions of dollars to convert that area into a space with limited access that will attract significantly fewer people and provide significantly fewer attractions and events?The Alamo has been changed before. How about changing it into a place where quiet and reverence work better and telling the historical story correctly for the future generations who will visit it?Phil BensonHe’s not GOP’er?So Nico LaHood wants to change political parties?Nico rejects medical science. He is arrogant. And he bullies and threatens anyone who disagrees with him.I thought he was a Republican.Ken Horn

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