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Your Turn, Jan. 14

January 13, 2019

Your or you’re?I may be an ol’ stick-in-the-mud when it comes to English grammar, but I was privileged to have received a superior education in that subject. It has become increasingly distressing to hear official San Antonio agencies, companies and organizations — even our news media — continually disregard the rules of grammar in favor of erroneous grammar usage.For example, when I call VIA, I hear the outgoing message, “Be prepared to tell us where you’re at.” I cringe every time at the improper use of a dangling preposition. Saying, “Tell us where you are,” would suffice. No one seems to be able to correctly spell and differentiate between your (second person possessive) and you’re (a contraction of you are). I could go on and on.Sadly, the Texas education system still ranks near the bottom nationally, but can’t the seventh largest city in the U.S. show some educated leadership in correct grammar usage?Ginger BurkholderHeld hostageI believe that holding the government hostage for the wall and blaming the Democrats is extortion. It is no different than taking a human hostage, then blaming their death on those that failed to pay the ransom.John SpietzWho protects us?I read about those who oppose the wall. It follows that they oppose the Border Patrol, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Homeland Security. If none of that exists, who protects us when cartels and gangs begin taking control? Especially when we have law enforcement officials who support sanctuary cities.Mike Colley, Universal CityThank youRe: “Rep. Hurd, stand up to president,” Another View By Cindy Offutt, Thursday:Thank you, Cindy Offutt, for so succinctly and eloquently stating what thousands upon thousands of citizens on both sides of the political spectrum believe to be the reality of the actions of the deluded misanthrope who presently occupies the White House.N.W. BanksWall vs. electronicsThe now defunct Soviet Union built a concrete wall to separate its people from surrounding democracies. Trump’s wall has different motives, I believe, and the central questions are those of effectiveness and cost. I suggest the differing parties in our government agree on an experiment to fairly and carefully compare a wall exclusion method to an electronic separation method. Use equivalent sites from the geographic point of view and record trespasses for one year and decide which method is better. Carefully design the experiment to estimate cost versus effectiveness. I would ask that the experiment be performed by an independent outstanding research university such as Cambridge University in London, or similar autonomous center of excellence that is untouched by our political wrangling. Results shall be openly published in a peer-reviewed science journal.Richard A. AlbaneseKawhi not an enemyThank you, Coach Popovich, for showing us all what true leadership is. Kawhi Leonard is not an enemy or someone to be diminished by spiteful words because he chose a different path.You graciously exchanged words of friendship. You even gave him a manly hug. What a different world this would be if we all could share a bit of your worldview. May more wise and big-hearted leaders rise up.Long live the spirit of the Spurs!Charles W. SchraubU.S. not responsibleRe: “These kids were in U.S. custody, care,” Editorial, Dec. 31:These kids do not belong here in the first place. Their parents brought them here in violation of U.S. immigration laws. Both parent and child are thus criminals and subject to deportation.The poor and destitute of the world don’t have a right to come here and we have no legal obligation to care for them. It’s their home country’s responsibility. Get over this self-imposed guilt for criminals violating our sovereignty. We decide who comes here and on what conditions.I am filled with unutterable loathing for these interlopers and their benefactors.Mike GonzalesBoo, KawhiI place equal blame on the Spurs and Kawhi Leonard for the issues last season. However, if I had been at the AT&T Center for the Raptors game, I would have been booing loudly for Leonard. His fight was with the team, not the players. By failing to show up for the playoffs and cheer on his teammates was unforgivable. Hence, he deserved to be booed loudly.Jim ParnellaCloudy FutureRe: “Schools would pay for property tax cap,” Front Page, Jan. 6:If we thought our national leadership was laughable, depressing and dangerous, look at Texas’ education problem. The Express-News’ analysis of Gov. Greg Abbott’s property tax cuts show they mirror the Republican tax cuts of 2018, which will cripple our national government with debt and underfunding all vital departments other than Defense. In Texas, our governor thinks more property taxes should be cut, even though Texas schools ranks 37th in funding. There was little mention of school finance reform that parents have been asking for years.Thank goodness, in the Opinion Section, (Re: “It’s time to reform public school finance,” Opinion, Jan. 6), local Chamber of Commerce leaders Paula Gold-Williams and Richard Perez describe the neglect school districts like Edgewood suffer with our current system. Less funding burdens our schools with fewer teachers, resources and less preparation for our youth’s future. Because the state is not fully funding our state colleges, some students already can’t afford a higher education. In the 1970s through the 1990s we had better funding — when we had Democrats like Dolph Briscoe, Mark White and Ann Richards. Sadly, Texans re-elected Republicans who are not as concerned with education as they are with tax cuts. Perhaps in future elections, more Texans can be more considerate and thoughtful of our youth’s future.Adam Castillo

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