LETTERS: Send items from Texas; Liberal wanted; Support for NPR; Info sought on taxidermist; Loyalty not enough

Send items from Texas

Hello! I am a third-grade student in Northern Virginia, and my class is learning about the United States. We do state projects and each third-grader is learning about a specific state. I have chosen the great state of Texas! I am very excited to learn more about your state and I wish to represent you well in my final state fair project.

Some of the information we get for our projects will be from books and websites, but the best information is from the people who live in each state. This is why I am writing to you. I hope you are willing to send me some items to help me learn more about the best things in your state. It could be things like postcards, maps, pictures, souvenirs, general information, this newspaper article or any other items that would be useful.

You can mail items to the address below. I really appreciate your help!

Ian Mrs. B’s class, The Langley School 1411 Balls Hill Road McLean, Va. 22101


Liberal wanted

Really, The Monitor, we don’t need to be beaten over the head. I think we all understand that you like Ruben Navarrette Jr. and that being an arch-Republican, he doesn’t like Beto O’Rourke.

So why not find some equally liberal commentator for balance?

Ned Sheats, Mission


Support for NPR

On April 10, a commentary by Kathy Trenfield Raines enumerates many reasons for keeping NPR in the Rio Grande Valley. The purpose of this letter is to support her call to retain NPR and its urgency.

Please keep us, your subscribers, informed about any efforts being made to retain NPR radio programming.

Ms. Trenfield Raines’ commentary was excellent and described my own experience perfectly. I have often suggested to friends that they should tune in for truly enjoyable listening.

Francesca Heartfield, McAllen


Info sought on taxidermist

I am trying to contact any and all persons who personally knew my father, Horace W. Hilton, the owner of Hilton Fur and Taxidermy Shop on Highway 83 in McAllen (the one with the huge polar bear in the window). Horace was one of the early settlers of McAllen while establishing his business.

I enjoyed the many times I was there when I was younger (when not in school) and meeting the many people during that time. However, many years have passed and I have lost track of the people who knew my Dad.

I would like to reestablish contact with people who knew him for any information about him. I am writing a book detailing his contributions to the McAllen community.

Please contact me at Alberta Sandifer, PO Box 2881, Opelika, Alabama, 36803, or email ouachita1@ yahoo.com. Thank You So Much.

Alberta Clark Sandifer, Opelika Alabama


Loyalty not enough

Kirstjen Nielsen’s departure as Homeland Security secretary proves again that loyalty under duress and carrying out his most onerous orders aren’t enough for this president.

Not that tears will be shed for her aside from the previous ones of asylum applicants and their children broken as she did what he wanted.

And it can’t even be argued that his arbitrary revolving door in all the different agencies is for improving things, since he readily admits that he wants replacements who are even worse, harder, more loyal and more subservient. Or very possibly, he just wants to show he can do whatever he wants.

John Garza, McAllen

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