LETTERS: Vote for Prop. 4; Hope for ailing vets; Strengthen border policy

Vote for Prop. 4

With chicanery the likes of which hasn’t been seen since P.T. Barnum said, “There is a sucker born every minute,” the Texas Legislature has put Proposition 4 on the ballot. Having to vote yes on a proposition about income tax to disapprove of the tax is about as unethical as it can be even for Texas politics. Gut reaction among most voters is to vote no on anything to do with income tax, and that is what the legislature is counting on.

Currently, to enact a referendum through the Legislature requires a 50% + 1 vote in both houses of the Legislature, thereby allowing it to be sent to the people. Prop. 4 makes a tax on personal income unconstitutional. In the future, to change the Constitution to allow an income tax would require an amendment requiring a 66.6% supermajority of both houses, before it goes to “we the people.” That is the additional protection Prop. 4 provides.

That’s it in a nutshell, folks. Vote yes on Prop. 4 to make it even harder for politicians to get their sticky fingers on your paycheck.

Ned Sheats

Mission

Hope for ailing vets

One veteran, who said the injection began alleviating his post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms within five minutes, likened it to “having a weight taken off my shoulders and chest.” Other PTSD-stricken vets have reported similar immediate results.

An Army doctor involved in stellate ganglion block clinical trials said he’s found that 80 percent of patients are getting relief from their depression and suicidal impulses. In addition, there are no known side effects.

Because the treatment is still considered experimental, just 12 of the nation’s 172 VA hospitals offer stellate ganglion block.

But if the encouraging early results prove the clinical efficacy of stellate ganglion block, it could offer the nation’s PTSD-suffering veterans new hope in their post-military lives.

Fred Rendon Jr.

Harlingen

Strengthen border policy

I fully support President Trump for his border policies. Utopian ideas and good and warm feeling politics will not and do not protect our borders, or our health, for that matter. In fact, quasi-open borders will most definitely leave our society in dystopia: ridden with sickness, lawlessness and an overwhelming burden on society and especially law enforcement.

Do you know why when traveling by plane the safety instructions are clear, to put on your oxygen mask before the person next to you? It’s because in order to help anyone you yourself must be in a position to actually help; same thing applies to America.

We cannot let the influx of illegal immigrants weaken the infrastructure of the United States. Turning America into little Mexico and almost a one world, completely open border country, only cripples the United States. The burden is too great and we as a nation are losing control, order and synergy; the divide in our country is profound.

When law enforcement officers no longer feel safe or supported and are falling ill with horrible sicknesses and devastating diseases and become less enthusiastic to put on their uniform, it only weakens this country.

Should compassion and empathy be factored in our border security and policy? Yes of course, but only second to the safety and infrastructure of the United States and its citizens.

The best way to help all immigrants while keeping America safe is to better vet them, demand immunization records or administer them and uphold immigration laws already in place. The only way to protect and serve children is to enact and uphold better immigration laws, create a strong border (wall if necessary) policy for all and any immigrants illegal or not, refugees and asylum seekers here in America.

Hortencia Camargo

McAllen

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