LETTERS: EPA rollback spurs criticism; We must fight sexual assault; Democrats are at fault; Debate and honor

EPA rollback spurs criticism

On Nov. 23, The Monitor announced that our governor has, as a member of Donald Trump’s flock of sheep, requested that the legislature further reduce consumer protections that have been enjoyed by Texans for years. This follows the Nov. 19 announcement that Trump’s EPA has removed the protections passed after the explosions in the city of West.

No longer will we be reasonably sure that those who provide services to us are competent, adequately trained or honest enough to allow into our homes or minister to our illnesses. These changes, proposed under the flimsy guise of cost savings, will actually lower the quality of service, increase the end user price, and remove government’s primary responsibility, the protection of its citizens.

Speaking from experience as a past owner of a regulated business, I can state that licensing and regulation is necessary not only to protect us but to also preserve professions and protect them from unqualified, unscrupulous and yes, dangerous imitators. Even currently respectable businesses will have to reduce costs and quality of services to compete with the cheaper charlatans with poorquality products and untrained, dishonest staff. End user costs will go up to redo substandard and/or pursue legal remedies.

Call your state representatives and stop this proposed malfeasance of office by the governor. In the meantime, we always have the Better Business Bureau to depend on for protection.

Ned Sheats


We must fight sexual assault

According to the National Victim Center, 1.3 women in the United States are sexually assaulted each minute. Sexual assault is a serious crime that we need to fight against.

As a woman, I have experienced sexual assault. It was not something easy for me to overcome. It is a trauma that you want to get out of your head but it just won’t. Nightmares and flashbacks that go through my head about that day follow me everywhere. Also, I feel insecure while being in the streets, as well as being depressed, having a hard time trusting others, and having fear.

Sexual assault could happen anywhere at any time. That is why it is important to teach our children from a young age to not touch another person’s body without their consent. Be open to talk with them about sex, our bodies, sexual assault. That will not certainly stop 100% of sexual assaults, but it could reduce the statistics.

Ashley Ochoa


Democrats are at fault

I agree with Mr. Rafael Madrigal that Democrats are trying to destroy America. It’s been 3 years and one thing after another trying to impeach our president: Russia, racists and now Ukraine.

All of this is a waste of time and money that could be spent where it needs to be, not this BS!

Bill Rouillier


Debate and honor

Food for thought: “Honest difference of views and honest debate are not disunity. They are the vital process of policy among free men.”

“When there is a lack of honor in government, the morals of the whole people are poisoned.”

— Herbert Hoover

Martha Garcia


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