Letters to the Editors
WASTE, NOT WANT
Since the day, decades ago, when the oil companies bought out the school district with their donations, Andrews has been a company town (“Waste Texas,” March 6). The only difference is now it’s nuclear waste driven by greed and power, not concern for people.
NO LONE GUNMAN
I have great respect for Don Graham’s talents, but if he believes the Warren Report, as he implies (“One Day in Dallas,” March 6), then he really doesn’t know very much about this subject.
The Lubbock district attorney and the judge in the case murdered Timothy Cole and got away with it (“Innocence Deferred,” Feb. 20). They showed no interest in justice, only in convicting someone-anyone!
The prosecuting attorney and the judge will say, “It was the jury that convicted him,” ignoring the fact that the jury heard only what they were allowed to hear.
I suggest a remedy for such legalistic shenanigans. When a person is found to be wrongfully convicted, the prosecuting attorney and the judge overseeing the case be automatically sentenced to the same punishment the defendant would have received if guilty.
I think the study of strengths and weaknesses is a good thing (“The Curious Faith of Don McLeroy,” Feb. 20). Just let us please start with the Bible and creationism.
The strengths-and-weaknesses argument is evidence that the whole controversy about evolution requires Christians to face the fact that the scriptures are not literally true, but allegorical. As long as fundamentalists cling to the literal truth of the Bible, they won’t understand science, and they limit the limitless power of God.
If Texas can insist that only textbooks challenging evolution can be paid for by the state, why can’t liberal states insist that they won’t pay for textbooks that challenge evolution? It can’t be all that difficult for publishers to produce two slightly different editions.
MIGRANT FAMILY VALUES
Sarah Wimer paraphrased Manuel PeÃ±a’s book well (“A Bimusical Mind,” Feb. 20). Wimer’s desire for more information as to how a poor Mexican migrant youth climbed the ladder of academic success is noteworthy; the reality is that Mexican youth have the same capabilities as Anglo youth. While the journey through discrimination is filled with obstacles, many Mexican-Americans have achieved their destination through determination probably based on strong family values, which have more to do with ethics and family cohesion than with ethnicity. While alcoholism may be a factor with some parents, the aftermath of codependency may also lead to overachievement. Somewhere PeÃ±a developed a good sense of motivation. It must have come from his family’s values.