Love the Tribune!

Dear Editor:

Many thanks for the online Tribune articles. You always have a pack full of knowledge and information for what’s going on in our community. I’m sure you, like the rest of us, are tired of the pandemic. It has affected so many lives and challenges are abundant.

Lanelle Johnston
Kingwood

 

Surprised

Dear Editor:

I have always loved The Tribune but have been very surprised that for two [eTribunes] you included Archbishop Vigano’s letter to President Trump. He talks about a “deep church” and a “deep state.” Pretty paranoid stuff — not very inspirational.

Linda Abdmoulaie
via email

 

Defund the police, really?

Dear Editor:

Black respondents in a 2015 Gallup Poll who wanted more police in their community were more than twice as high as the percentage of white respondents. As of a June 22 update, the Washington Post database of fatal police shootings showed 14 unarmed black victims and 25 unarmed white victims in 2019. The number of unarmed black shooting victims (by police) is down 63% from 2015. There are about 7,300 black homicide victims a year (and this is predominately black-on-black shootings). This is from a USA Today article. Yes, there is a major problem of black people being killed in the United States. But the police are not the ones doing the killing. Don Lemon (CNN) advises Terry Crews (actor/producer) that BLM is not about all black lives, only those killed by police. He told Crews, “Start your own movement if you are concerned about all black lives.” A very telling statement. So, what is BLM about? It is not about black lives. It most likely is about a Marxist/Socialist movement to change/transform the United States. I suggest you research who is leading/supporting BLM. Joe Biden has even stated that he would transform the United States if elected president. Is this what we want to turn the United States into, a Marxist/Socialist country?

Charlton Robertson
Kingwood

 

If evolution is true …

Dear Editor:

If evolution is true, then I am better than you … If Jesus is true, then you are my brother … Charles Darwin wrote in “The Origin of Species.” Uh … not quite. He wrote “On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favored Races in the Struggle for Life.” You see, his “favored races” racism was so apparent in even the title of his stupid book that it had to be altered for the purpose of education. But the principles outlined therein remained. Darwin considered the colored races as “savages.” He being a Caucasian had obviously evolved further and needed to be preserved over and above the others … Hitler, Stalin, Pol Pot were ones to capitalize on this giving them the excuse to butcher millions of “inferiors.” This is what is being taught in the American educational system … Little wonder why we have the problems we do … But according to God himself, we are all from one blood … two people, Adam and Eve. All races are descended from them. According to the Lord of Heaven, human life is precious. Though man lives in rebellion to the Holy One of Israel, He still “is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9), and wishes “all men to be saved and come to a knowledge of the truth” (1 Timothy 2:4). So while people continue to butcher each other in the most savage of ways … there is only one right choice in all of this, and that is to repent and put your trust in the only born Son of God, the Lord Jesus Christ, the King of kings and Lord of lords. Taste and see that the Lord is good! Follow Jesus!

 John Lister
Humble

 

Beware

Dear Editor:

On July 6, I tried to buy sponges at coolofferslist.com. I submitted my credit card (CC) info (name, CC number, the card’s expiration date, and its security code). The site denied my CC. I carefully re-entered and resubmitted the data. Same result. So, I emailed the merchant re: my CC denial. They advised me to use a different CC or bitcoin. Their PayPal option was “temporarily out of service.” I said, “I have only one CC. I use it all the time, and it has worked fine with every other merchant from whom I have bought things.” They offered no help. Two days later I tried again. Same result. So, I called the bank that issued the CC. They told me to try again. They would stay on the line and watch closely to see if they got anything from that merchant re: my CC. I did as told. Same result. When told my CC again was refused, the bank said they got no query from that merchant re: my CC. I relayed that info to the merchant. It again advised me to use another CC or bitcoin. This morning my bank told me that it had refused to authorize a $382.52 charge to my CC from zaful.com, which is located in “GBR” (presumably Great Britain). The bank asked if the charge was legitimate. I said, “No!” My bank immediately canceled my CC. A replacement card should arrive Monday, they said. No one else ever uses my CC, which I guard carefully. So, beware of coolofferslist.com!

 Bill Bailey
Kingwood

 

The choice is yours

 Dear Editor:

In the last presidential election, we the people elected a smart, energetic businessman instead of an entrenched, professional politician to turn around our stagnant economy and make our country great once again. How did he do? In his first three years, in spite of being slandered and lied about by the biased mainstream media, illegally surveilled and charged by the corrupt FBI and DOJ leadership, harassed every step of the way, and falsely charged by the DNC-controlled House of Representatives, he managed to right our sinking ship. First off, he repealed many of the restrictive regulations that hamstrung our businesses, corrected much of the unfair trade practices that had been allowed, and provided incentives to bring back our manufacturing that had been shipped overseas even though the previous administration said we could never bring them back. Then the Wuhan Virus was released around the world and our economy was severely hampered with massive layoffs, putting many people out of work with businesses and factories shutting down. He is currently working with several drug companies on vaccines to fight this virus and preliminary testing is underway on promising medicines. This will be a hard-fought battle, but we will get through it with American perseverance, but the real challenge will be how to get our nation back on the right track and our economy and jobs recovered and growing at the pace we were experiencing before the epidemic hit. We have a very important election just ahead of us and as citizens of the USA, we must make a choice on which president will provide our best hope to lead our recovery effort, build our economy, and put our people back to work. One choice is a lifelong professional politician with a long list of promises and a short list of accomplishments and the other choice is a dedicated businessman with a proven track record of keeping his promises and doing what he thinks needs to be done to “Make America Great” once again. The choice is yours, but the future of our children and grandchildren are in the balance; vote wisely!

 Sid B. Nice
Humble

 

An argument for going vegan

 Dear Editor:

Still adjusting to wearing a mask? In an environmentally ravaged future, we may just need masks to protect us from disease and dust. The first national study of dust storms and critical care demand in the U.S. has found that dust storms correlated with an increase in ICU admissions. The number of dust storms in the Southwest has increased in the last 30 years, and they will only become more frequent with increased heat on land, warmer oceans and drought. These storms can cause serious respiratory issues as well as spread meningitis and influenza. If we want to breathe easy in future, we need to act now to reduce our greenhouse-gas emissions and prevent further climate change. A simple way we can make an impact is to go vegan. Oxford Martin School researchers found that a global switch to vegan eating could save eight million lives, reduce food-related emissions by two thirds, and avoid climate-related damages of $1.5 trillion over the next 30 years. Let’s commit to a healthier climate and a kinder world, where no animal has to suffer and die for our appetite. For a free vegan starter kit, visit PETA.org.

Jessica Bellamy
The PETA Foundation

 

Ostriches

 Dear Editor:

The board members of Humble ISD decided to put their heads in the sand. Board member Lapeze stated that this is the “new normal” where we just have to get used to the presence of the virus. There was little consideration that the high positivity rate in the Houston area places staff in an extremely dangerous situation. Some of the Humble elementary schools will have greater than 75% of students returning, which will make it impossible to practice social distancing. Superintendent Fagen praised herself about all the wonderful protections they are “thinking” about doing. Let her spend a day in a pre-K class with kids who naturally do all sorts of unhealthy actions. They admitted that it will be a problem, but they decided to put their heads in the sand. The board expressed minimal concern about the safety of the staff. Board member Dixon did suggest that teachers should be given a choice, but Fagen said, “We must staff our schools.” Board member Scarfo expressed concern by stating a desire to condition the return of in-person classes on a statistical state of the virus. However, Fagen claimed that the numbers are widely variable and can’t be trusted. Certainly there are no absolutes, but there is a world of difference between the current positivity rate of greater than 20% and the recommended rate of 5%. Again, they decided to put their heads in the sand. Any employer who exhibited such disregard for the health and safety of their employees would face serious community flashback. However, the majority of parents in the Humble area are only concerned with the education of their children. There is no doubt that in-person classes are desirable, but the experts have made it clear that a low positivity rate is required for a safe environment. God forbid that anyone should suffer greatly from exposure to the virus, but the board members and Fagen should be held personably accountable for the inevitable consequences of their reckless action. 

 Paul Sandv
Humble

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