LETTERS: Bad parenting causes violence; Economy can’t mask morality; Fishing line not harmless

Bad parenting causes violence

Regarding politics, a bipartisan approach is the only option when dealing with the current gun violence America faces. The best way to start dealing with this horrible gun climate without infringing on our 2nd Amendment right is by promoting license to carry to lawabiding citizens, mandating proper gun storage, teaching empathy, compassion and tolerance as a productive societal course at all grade levels along with yearly mandatory parenting education for all parents who have children enrolled in public schools.

Malicious intent comes from an emotional source of ineffable hate and the one true remedy in my opinion starts at home.

Kids, adolescences and young adults are what you teach; so teach them well. You’d be surprised at how many “parents” are not even good babysitters to their own children, much less actual good role models or loving, nurturing parents who instill morals, good character or integrity; absent those traits who can sincerely value human life?

Our nation doesn’t have a gun problem; it has a mental health problem compounded by a lack of good parenting, family life and a severe absence of empathy, integrity and respect. This new sensitive politically correct world we live in is the bullet in society; gun violence is just the runoff of a generation of the absolute worst parenting ever.

Accountability, responsibility, courtesy and respect are no longer taught at home, and society as a whole is feeling it. Hate is the gateway to any and all malice, ill will and evil toward others.

Any item or thing (from an airplane, gun, toaster, knife, vehicle, etc.) can be used as a deadly weapon when hate is the controlling factor.

Killing people is already against the law.

Hortencia Camargo

McAllen

Economy can’t mask morality

I read with interest Mr. Charles Rouiller’s complaint about The Monitor’s coverage of Donald Trump (Aug. 22). He advanced the opinion that because the economy was moving along strongly more attention should be paid to current economics than to the woeful moral character and total incompetence in the office.

One might remember that the same argument could be made for Hitler’s Nazi Germany in the early ’30s. The economy was recovering nicely and so it was convenient to disregard any moral qualms people may have harbored concerning appalling racial policies.

If indeed we are to close our eyes and permit Blondie and his sleezeball crew to skate past traditional checks and balances, then how high must the Dow Jones rise to compensate?

Mike Egan

McAllen

Fishing line not harmless

Kudos to the Texas park rangers who recently rescued a barred owl found entangled in fishing line and dangling from a tree near Lake Corpus Christi State Park.

This owl’s ordeal is a stark reminder of the dangers posed by lost and discarded fishing tackle.

Earlier this year, birdwatchers in Pittsburgh got a shock when they saw a bald eagle carry a fish back to the nest that was snagged with multiple hooks and eight feet of fishing line. The nest webcam documented that one of the eagle parents fed a chunk of the fish — with a hook clearly visible — to one of the eaglets.

Birds that swallow fish hooks often suffer lacerated beaks and throats; most will slowly starve to death. Animals that get entangled in line that is on the ground can become trapped underwater and drown if it catches on rocks or debris. Baby birds can be strangled if their parents used bits of fishing line when weaving their nests. The more animals struggle, the tighter monofilament line becomes; animals that don’t die can suffer severed wings or feet.

Wildlife rehabilitators report that fishing line and other discarded tackle is the No. 1 danger to aquatic animals today.

Fishing is not a harmless pastime. To find out more, please visit www.PETA.org.

Paula Moore

The PETA Foundation Norfolk, VA

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