Letters to the Editor — Texas A&M’s newspaper, U.S. Postal Service, term limits, girls and school

Keep Battalion in print

As a newspaper journalism major and former staff writer of The Battalion, I’m disappointed that Texas A&M’s president ordered the publication to cease printing paper copies. Her decision to destroy a 129-year-old tradition came without soliciting input from the newspaper staff or journalism instructors.

For more than a century, iconic newspaper headlines have preserved history: “Kennedy Slain on Dallas Street,” “Man Walks on the Moon” and more recently, The Battalion’s “Roll Tears Roll” following A&M’s improbable victory over Alabama.

From a journalist’s perspective, nothing beats the adrenaline rush associated with meeting a print deadline. I remember rushing into a bustling newsroom in the mid-1980s with just minutes to draft an article in time to make the deadline necessary to get the newspaper published. This type of pressure helps create competent journalists.

Texas A&M has countless traditions that make our university unique. Some traditions should simply not change or cease to exist. The university can certainly provide the necessary resources for a publication that has served Aggies since 1893. And the students deserve to get ink on their fingers if they prefer a paper copy.

Ann Pask, Dallas/Preston Hollow

Treat USPS as utility

I am constantly amazed at the criticism of our U.S. Postal Service. In 2006, the USPS was obligated to fund future retiree health benefits. The public seems to not be aware of this onerous obligation that no other agency has. politifact.com/factchecks/2020/apr/15/afl-cio/widespread-facebook-post-blames-2006-law-us-postal/

In my opinion, the USPS is like a utility that serves all the people and is not a profit-making enterprise. Regulation and funding should reflect this. The USPS has been whipped enough.

Jeri Chilcutt, Benbrook

Lawmakers should stay home

Re: “He’s for term limits,” by Peter Stack, Feb. 13 Letters.

Stack opined that term limits for members of Congress might be the only way for our government to cease overspending because of the focus on re-election for each member. I would go further than that. Is there any reason for Washington, D.C., to exist as a gathering place for Congress now that we have such reliable telecommunications?

Lawmakers should reside in the place most affected by the laws they pass. A single city where all major political decisions are made is an invitation for corruption and lobbying. Send all congressional members back to their districts and convene Congress one week a month, or less. Texas conducts business this way, so should D.C.

Beverly Roberts, Grapevine

Reforms doomed in Congress

In theory, term limits for members of Congress are a good idea. So is campaign finance reform to remove big money from congressional campaigns. If they are such good ideas, why has nothing been done to pass legislation to implement them?

The answer, of course, is obvious. The people who would have to vote for legislation to pass these good ideas are the very ones who benefit the most from the lack of such legislation. In other words, to pass such legislation, a majority of the members of Congress would have to vote against their own self-interest.

Do we have enough members of Congress in either the House or Senate who would pass legislation that benefited not themselves but their constituents? The answer is clearly no.

Tom Naylor, Dallas

Keeping Girls in School Act

Over the past decade, the world has witnessed more women in politics and managerial positions than ever. This is due to the fact that more women have been going to school and getting involved in the job market. Women around the world face a lot of challenges when it comes to education. and that is why the Keeping Girls in School Act should be supported.

More than 11 million girls might not return to school this year due to COVID-19, according to UNESCO. More girls than boys are likely to drop out of school because of early marriages and family pressure, to name a few reasons. en.unesco.org/covid19/educationresponse/girlseducation

The Keeping Girls in School Act helps empower girls to access quality education, which in turn contributes to economic growth, improved gender equality and reduced violence around the world. It’s a long-term strategy with serious payoffs. That is why the Borgen Project, which is a nonprofit organization fighting global poverty, is pushing for this bill to be approved in Congress. To take action, we can email, call and send letters to our senators and representatives to protect this act so girls can stay in school.

Felicitas Yari, West Dallas

Vaccinations show love

Don’t say you love me. Show me you love me. Week after week I realize more and more the lack of love in the church. When our pastor announced a mask mandate and social distancing last year everyone complied. There were complaints, but everyone wore a mask.

Now it is a matter of choice. Week after week different Sunday School classes are quarantined. After the fact, we have found out unvaccinated members walking among us week after week have now died of COVID-19.

Many of the children are not vaccinated. Almost no one wears a mask. My wife and I are fortunate enough to have three older parents still with us, and we want to keep them safe.

The theory that people can make their own decisions responsibly is just a theory. Wearing a mask is not a burden. Wearing a mask is a blessing to those around us. Getting the shots will save your life and probably many in your church and community.

John Combs, Garland

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