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November 17, 2018

Bad messageThe Nov. 6 midterm elections have demonstrated not only the strong political divide in our country but also, strikingly, the lack of concern many citizens have for the moral and ethical character of our politicians and candidates.President Donald Trump is a seriously behaviorally challenged person, both in his role as president and apparently in his personal life. Sen. Ted Cruz has been willing to trade his family’s good name for his political ambitions. Several candidates won seats while being defendants in court cases involving serious issues.What message are we sending to our children and adolescents about the importance of being honest, caring and selfless citizens?Marianne and Gary RossReal tax reformRe: “Fiscal stress tests could help right debt-laden government,” by John Merrifield and Barry Poulson, Another View, Nov. 9:Clearly our government officials (of both parties) have abandoned the prudent spending patterns of earlier generations, passing forward heavier and heavier debt burdens for future citizens to bear.The professors’ remedy is most compelling, but their focus on spending restraints is shortsighted in the absence of responsible tax reform that addresses the income disparity that has been exasperated by recent tax reductions to fund these government programs.E. Scott RayFiscal disaster nearNow that the election is over and both parties have taken their victory lap, what now?We will run a massive deficit in 2019 of $1 trillion. Heath care is too expensive for most. Student loan debt is approaching $1.5 trillion. Consumers’ credit card debt is over $1 trillion. Both Social Security and Medicare funding will start running deficits around 2025, give or take a few years. State pension funds are and will be underfunded in the 2020s. On top of all this, 65 million boomers are heading for the retirement homes.Democrats have proposed new debt for infrastructure, and the Republicans want further tax cuts. Really!Forget about party affiliation and wake up to this fiscal disaster almost upon us.James YoungIran policy wrongWorld War I ended a 100 years ago. The winning West then took charge of the Near Middle East.The United States’ cruel policy toward Iran is part of that legacy. Grow up, United States, and treat Iran as a member of the world community.A century of attempted and actual domination is long enough. I feel for the Iranian millions.Eugene “Gene” Novogrodsky, BrownsvilleOutdated words?“Give me your tired, your poor,“Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,“The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.“Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,“I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”The Statue of Liberty,Ellis Island Foundation Inc.What happened?Christel VillarrealWalls crumbleI will cut to the chase. Someone should remind POTUS that the Berlin Wall crumbled, and long before that the Walls of Jericho also came tumbling down.Reminder: The cost of human life can never be rebuilt.L.M. WilliamsWhat 14th meansPresident Donald Trump can, and should, with a stroke of his pen, end the citizenship of anchor babies.The 14th Amendment only settles the question of whether former slaves were citizens of the United States and the state in which they reside. The 14th didn’t even consider Elizabeth Warren’s ancestors as citizens. That occurred later, in 1924. Neither the U.S. Supreme Court nor Congress has ever conferred the right to citizenship on illegal aliens’ children.The babies of diplomats who visit the United States and happen to be born here aren’t automatically conferred citizenship. Children born to those who are here illegally are not part of our great constitutional heritage.Leo Q. GomezWhat’s owed Soros?Now that Joe Gonzales will be our district attorney, is he going to do what is good for Bexar County, or is he going to do what George Soros asks him to do, given the thousands of dollars a PAC that he funds donated to Gonzales’ campaign?John MenchacaOpioid dilemmaRe: “Guidelines seen as harming patients,” Front Page, Nov. 5:I appreciate the Express-News for publishing our side of the story about the need for opioids to cope with our illness or injuries. I didn’t wake up one day and decide to be a drug addict. I was diagnosed with a late-in-life-type muscular dystrophy for which there is no cure, treatment or medications.Knowing this, my excellent MDA neuromuscular neurologist at University of Texas Health Science Center prescribed a synthetic opiate to help cope with the awful, 24/7, crippling pain that those of us with muscular dystrophy live with.Recently, my doctors, including at the VA, advised me they’d soon be required by law to reduce the amount they’d been prescribing for years.I began adjusting to the upcoming change and taking less opioid medication. At the end of the day, when the effects of my pain medication begin to wear off, instead of taking another pill, I just sit in a quiet place and, home alone, endure and pray, knowing that the bureaucrats and politicians in Washington will never have to walk in my shoes of constant pain.Samuel Telles

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