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Your Turn: Dec. 27

December 27, 2018

Lucrative workDear San Antonio airport cellphone lot panhandler: While waiting for a family member’s plane to arrive Sunday, I was moved by your sad tale of your rising blood sugar level, high price of gas for your Ford Expedition and freezing outdoor temperature of 60 degrees.In the spirit of the holiday, I attempted to give you $2, but that wasn’t enough for you. You wanted $5, which I tried to exchange for my $2, but you said you needed it more than I did. Clearly, you were right. I hope my $7 brought you joy this Christmas season.With 150 free cellphone parking spaces at San Antonio International Airport turning over as flights arrive, I’m sure you had a wonderful holiday.Diane Schaule, Canyon LakeFix this firstIs there anybody in this town, except the poor taxpayers, who understands that our streets were designed along cattle trails? There is no original planning or logical design to our roadways, business centers or industrial areas.Pie-in-the-sky mass transit plans can not be achieved unless you destroy half the town and rebuild logically. Anyone who possibly can avoids mass transit.Penelope TalleyPlayers in prayerIs there an alternative to NFL players “taking a knee” that might be acceptable to all?What if concerned players remain stay standing during the national anthem while clasping their hands in prayer and/or bowing their heads?These simultaneous actions will indicate respect for our national anthem and flag, and add the reverence of sincere prayers for equal justice.David BrownNo discriminationI want to thank our City Council for the aggressive and well-thought-out decision to raise the tobacco-buying age to 21.The only reason retailers are suing is because of the money they are losing on tobacco sales. Discrimination has nothing to do with it.Tobacco kills and destroys the health of those who smoke and everyone who breathes the chemicals they burn. I hope the owners of these stores will make the effort to find healthy ways to improve their sales.Jacque PettersonIt’s retroactiveI was once a federal employee and the public may not know this, but employees who are not working now will get their paychecks when the government shutdown ends. Basically, they get a vacation at the taxpayers’ expense. The only people being affected are those who need the part of government that was shut down. Sad.Herman Brysch

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