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Your Turn: Jan. 16

January 16, 2019

Crossers fearlessLou Dagel suggests that an electronic wall would be more of a deterrent than physical ones because “crossers” would know they would be detected (“Try an e-wall,” Your Turn, Jan. 8).Interestingly, Page A8 on the same day of his letter showed illegals climbing over a short fence. Mr. Dagel, if a photographer is there to shoot a photo, that tells me the illegals do not fear detection. Often you see pictures of them coming in with Border Patrol agents standing right in front of them.With current immigration laws providing the favoritism/care they get once here, they could care less if they’re detected.Fred MartinMar a Lago wall?Re: “Trump touts wall on border,” front page, Friday:Noticeably absent from the president’s visit to the border were any televised conversations with landowners along the Rio Grande River. If a wall is built on their property, how will they get their livestock to water? If they have a permit to draw irrigation water from the Rio Grande, how will they get water to their crops?If President Donald Trump had a resort or a large piece of investment property along the Rio Grande it would be interesting to see if he still believes that building a wall everywhere is the solution to illegal immigration coming across the Rio Grande.Another point that is often overlooked: If we build a wall on the U.S. side of the Rio Grande, we are basically ceding vast tracts of land to Mexico.John KiserCruz wrongWhen Sen. Ted Cruz was interviewed on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday, the senator claimed that only those people inside the Washington, D.C., Beltway are interested in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation regarding Russian interference with the Trump election. He stated he does not find anyone outside the Beltway “concerned with this at all.”Cruz must not be considering all his Texas constituents. Many of the people I know in San Antonio are very aware of the Mueller investigation; our news sources are carrying the story because we are reading about it.Cruz’s erroneous knowledge in this area brings to question his statements about the need for border security based only on the wall and the position of Democrats on border security, and his characterization of Donald Trump’s affection for Vladimir Putin as trifling. Mendacity seems to be a problem for the senator and his president.Judy LackritzN.Y. Express-News?Just finished Sunday’s New York Times. No, it was actually the Express-News!Here is an article from the Washington Examiner on Sunday you won’t find in the Express-News. This weekend during the partial government shutdown, 30-plus Democrats from the Hispanic Caucus, with families, flew by private jet to Puerto Rico for a winter retreat at a seaside resort to escape the cold Washington winter. The purpose was to discuss progress of recovery from Hurricane Maria. Participants paid their own way for a special showing of the hit show “Hamilton,” and a cast party that followed. More than 100 lobbyists were also participating in the weekend activities. The photo of New Jersey Sen. Jose Menendez on the beach chatting with a bikini-clad constituent was cute!If the Express-News can reprint New York Times articles critical of President Donald Trump, accusations with no evidence of crimes, it can certainly reprint one article on hypocritical Democrats who can’t fund a wall in key sectors along the border. Talk about bias.Phil FerroU.S. of UtopiaRe: “Devoid of reality, millennial socialists push plan,” Other Views, Sunday:Rich Lowry’s piece on Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal was absolutely enlightening! How could all of us common people not see the simplicity of this plan like the genius representative from New York?In a very short period of time in Washington, she discovered the magical orchard of GreenWood trees where you harvest unlimited $100 bills 24 hours a day. With newfound renewables, she will orchestrate the most dramatic impact that mankind has ever seen, the United States of Utopia!Hank Hattoy, Fair Oaks RanchAesop presidentFrom Shakespeare to Aesop’s fables, our classic president has it all.One can hear echoes, over and over, of whether to build a wall as the ultimate question we must ponder. This question troubles intellectual politicians from month to month. Really, an American president who habitually cries, “Wolf” as in Aesop’s fables and calls it “a crisis.” The real crisis is the state of pretentious, political posturing that passes as sophistication.Unfortunately, all people affected by the shutdown are not pondering the political brilliance of James Madison (“Amid the despair of the shutdown, a flash of the founders’ brilliance,” Opinion, Sunday). They are stuck in a Shakespearean tragedy — with a dash of Aesop humor— that explains more about our condition now in 2019.Jesse L. HowellThe real disasterRe: “Texans want bail reform,” Opinion, Sunday,and “Prepare now for disasters of tomorrow,” Editorial, Sunday:Bail reform the top priority for the Legislature on one page and “Prepare now for disasters of tomorrow” on another?Public education funding reform and finally getting the needle to move in a positive direction for all must have been deleted due to shortage of ink caused by the shutdown.This top priority for five decades of opening Legislatures and left for the last 15 minutes of sessions is the reason for needed bail and the disaster of an untrained workforce.Richard Santoyo

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