I want to thank Tom Broad for writing an amazing article about the Atascocita Library and the unexpected honor of having my name added to the upcoming new library meeting room. It truly is a “surprising twist” to the end of a years long effort. This wonderful recognition would never have happened without the efforts of Atascocita Branch Manager Beth Krippel and the exceptional library staff. The beautiful presentation during Commissioners Court by Precinct 2 Commissioner Garcia, and seconded by Commissioner Cagle, will always be a special memory. A special thank you to Cynthia Calvert and The Tribune, for always recognizing and supporting the community needs and accomplishments.
President, Friends of the Atascocita Library (FOAL)
CONTRAST IN VALUES
Charlton Robertson prides himself in being “a rich greedy person” (10-19-2020 Letters). Einstein’s attitude re wealth differed completely from CR’s, and Time magazine’s December 1999 edition named Einstein “Person of the Century.” A hundred years from now persons worldwide still will be talking about Einstein and his theories, but CR (and I) will be gone and largely forgotten. Now let’s examine Einstein’s attitude toward money and greed. He said, “I am absolutely convinced that no wealth in the world can help humanity forward, even in the hands of the most devoted worker in this cause. The example of great and pure individuals is the only thing that can lead us to noble thoughts and deeds. Money only appeals to selﬁshness and irresistibly invites abuse. Can anyone imagine Moses, Jesus, or Gandhi armed with the money-bags of Carnegie?” Re Einstein’s lack of interest in the material things that others prize so highly, his sister said, “In his youth he often used to say, ‘All I’ll want in my dining room is a pine table, a bench, and a few chairs’”. Noting his older son’s interest in engineering, Einstein said, “I, too, was originally supposed to become an engineer. But I found the idea intolerable of having to apply the inventive faculty to matters that make everyday life even more elaborate—and all, just for dreary money-making.” Einstein came to the U. S. in 1933 to join The Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, NJ. In 1935, he bought a modest home in Princeton where he lived until he died. He never owned a car; he walked to work; and he quit wearing socks at an early age because his big toe always rubbed a hole in his sock.
Bill Bailey, Kingwood
About the “For The People Act.” HR-1 is an egregiously deceitful misnomer. Such a proposed bill by the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives should have been truthfully titled: “For The Democrat Party Act.” Among other ultra-partisan aspects, passage of the bill by the Senate would literally guarantee perpetual control of the U.S. government by the Democrat party.
Robert L. Gabler,
LOOK FOR SOLUTIONS
In response to Mr. Gabler’s letter entitled “Unreal.” First and foremost, we must remember that immigrants are human beings, each with their own unique story. And, as George W. Bush said in his Washington Post Op-ed, we must see immigration as “a great and defining asset of the United States.” I ask Mr. Gabler who the laborers are that he sees picking strawberries in the fields, repairing roofs on our homes, mowing our lawns, building houses or repairing the roads and highways? According to a study published in May, 2021 by The Manufacturing Institute, the United States will have 2.1 million manufacturing jobs UNFILLED through 2030. We can only assume that if these factories cannot find workers, we will not continue to see their products being ‘Made in America’. America has jobs for immigrants, and immigrants want these jobs. Let’s move past the anger and finger pointing. Let’s find solutions. After all, many of us are descendants of immigrants who came here searching for a better life for themselves and for us.
Julie Clark, Kingwood
Morals, Ethics, & Hatred (Envy)
Would George Floyd still be alive if he had subscribed to Principle A? If he had, he would never have interacted with Derek Chauvin. I am not saying he deserved to die but George Floyd started his own demise by not following Principle A. Have you bothered to pull Floyd’s RAP sheet? Did you watch the entire police body cam video of the interaction with Floyd?
Not just the nine minutes that Derek Chauvin had his knee on Floyd’s neck. It is becoming quite tiresome when repeatedly we are told it is not the criminal’s fault but someone else’s. What about the young man who was shot and killed because the deputy thought she had pulled her taser rather than her service weapon. Once again, this individual did not deserve to die but research his history as well of the fact that he resisted arrest. Bottom line: you as an individual have the most control over your life. The decisions you make will determine your interaction with society. If you recall I mentioned morals and ethics in my previous letters. Hatred or envy plays a role in most wars. Who in the U.S. is currently promoting hatred? The Democrats / liberals. Their open hatred for religion (particularly Christianity), President Trump, conservatives, the police, successful individuals, the United States. Some of this hatred has been expressed in letters to the Tribune. And now you have the critical race theory and the 1619 project, which is primarily hatred towards the white race and our country. Religion is not perfect (remember President Obama’s mentor, Reverend Wright?). But where do you turn for moral, ethic, and hatred guidance? I suggest everyone, particularly liberals, make a concerted effort to rid your heart of hatred or in some cases envy. Instead of hating or envying someone work a little harder to improve your situation.