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Letters to the Editor for Wednesday, Feb. 19

Letters to the Editor for Wednesday, Feb. 19

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Tax break for vets is a teaching moment

To those school boards that may be questioning the validity of a veteran’s assessment exemption, it would appear they might be missing a teaching moment for their students. Lessons include:
Economics: The school budgets are not impacted.
Social Issue: It helps residents own and maintain a home, long considered the ultimate American dream.
Humanitarianism: In a small way, it helps take care of those who made the sacrifice to serve. (Serving 2 to 6 years is time out from a job or career.)|
Civics Issue: It shows the students still in school a positive and enduring honor of veterans that they are cared for long after school and their service.
Democracy: It demonstrates a willingness for the larger group to make a small sacrifice for the benefit of the smaller group.
Thank you veterans.
Earl F. Spencer

Trump Republicans must be voted out

Move over Mitt, your Grand Old Party of Republicans are in the past. Regretfully, the moral, ethical, bipartisan GOP has been downgraded to grand old partisans.
Trumpian Republicanism has overtaken the party. Known as RepublicanTs, there is no need for any moral compass, fact checking or any bipartisanship within America. They just belittle, disparage and dismiss anyone who disagrees with them.
What we now have is a deity president who needs genuflection from his subservient party members. Be sure to kiss his ring or whatever out of fear of experiencing his perpetual wrath. If you cross him, you’ll be ridiculed, taunted with insulting nicknames and dismissed as crazy, unhinged or just plain evil.
RepublicanTs don’t need trial witnesses, documents or facts in any Trumpian-style democracy. Whatever Trump says must be absolute truth, with no lies, untruths or exaggerations. Lately, Mitch McCover-up led his GOP minions in an impeachment sham. The order of the day now is retribution.
Sorry Mitt. Hillary’s assessment of Trumpers as deplorables seems like a compliment today. RepublicanTs in lockstep with a vindictive president tarnish the very idea of American democracy and our Constitution. Vote them out this November.  
John Coffenberg

Bloomberg out of touch with farmers

My response to Mr. Bloomberg’s patronizing disregard of the American farmer can best be said by a quote from Dwight D. Eisenhower:
“Farming looks mighty easy when your plow is a pencil and you’re a thousand miles from the corn field.”
Dairy farmer and proud of it.
John Radliff

Give Astros taste of their own medicine

Houston Astros owner Jim Crane answered when questioned on the impact of his team’s sign stealing; “Our opinion is that this didn’t impact the game.”
Later he backtracked a bit; “It’s hard to determine how it impacted the game, if it impacted the game.” What a joke.
MLB Commissioner Manfred can make it possible for the 2020 season to provide a better answer. And perhaps introduce a measure of justice as well.
Here’s how: At each Astros away game, the Astros lineup card must also reveal their catcher/pitcher signs. No sign changes allowed during the game for the Astros.
During the game, after the catcher has made his sign, he reveals to the batter the pitch he’s called, e.g., (sotto voce) “Slider, away,” “Heat, up and in,” “Change, down.”
The pitch called is the pitch delivered or additional penalties are imposed. Maybe like a balk, where runners advance. Each home team now has the same information the Astros had at home during their 2017 World Series-winning season.
In September, we ask Mr. Crane the same question and see if his opinion has changed.
George Nigriny

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