I wish to thank Bill Bailey for suggesting Einstein’s article “Why Socialism?”
I suggest everyone find a copy of that article and not only read it but also the “footnotes” and definitions of what Einstein references in his article. Here are some highlights: “competition among capitalists, leads to unnecessary cycles of booms and depressions, and ultimately encourages selfishness instead of cooperation. The educational system of such a society would be severely undermined because people will educate themselves only to advance their careers.” In other words, competition is bad. Does that sound familiar in today’s society, everyone gets a trophy, college admission based on criteria other than scholastic performance. Competition is what has made this country great. Are there winners and losers, you bet there are. Man by nature is lazy, both mentally and physically. So, some people are just going to get by or worse. But the rest of us should not have to support their laziness. Einstein also suggests a planned economy: “A planned economy, which adjusts production to the needs of the community, would distribute the work to be done among all those able to work and would guarantee a livelihood to every man, woman, and child. A planned economy may use centralized, decentralized, participatory or Soviet-type forms of economic planning.”
Besides Einstein’s article I suggest you also read the book “Animal Farm.”
As far as current day socialist aspects, I do agree with Bill Bailey on one that should not exist: minimum-wage laws or any others that do not benefit all individuals. While there is plenty of room to discuss a better way to implement “free” public education, this policy benefits all of society whether you have children or not. An uneducated society would affect everyone, most notably the ability to hire a competent work force. Just think what your everyday life would be like if a large percent of the population was uneducated. For me it boils down to: do you want control of your life and the ability to advance based on your determination or do you want the government to decide for you?
OLLY OLLY OXEN FREE
Kamala, where are you? There is an ever-growing invasion crisis at our southern border that you are responsible to solve/stop! To date you’ve said nothing; not even acknowledging that Biden put you in charge. You haven’t been to the border to assess the matter firsthand. You have become almost invisible. What is your plan, if you have one? Perhaps as Biden handed the matter off to you, you may be able to hand it off to an underling. Our nation awaits your action!
Robert L. Gabler
QUICK TO JUDGE
An intelligent adult should know that a rush to judgment in a criminal case is unwise. Yet D. Trump (self-described genius!) did just that in 1989. On 4-19-1989, a female jogger (T. Meili) was brutally beaten and raped in New York City’s Central Park. Two days later the police announced the arrest of several suspects, including five black and Latino teenagers (two were 14 years old; two were 15; 1 was 16), now known as the Central Park Five. On 5-1-1989, Trump ran a full-page ad in all four of New York’s major newspapers calling for the reinstatement of the death penalty for murder. The ad had other incendiary verbiage regarding juveniles. In 1990, the five teenagers were tried (two separate trials with the 16-year-old tried as an adult). All were convicted despite the DNA evidence collected from Ms. Meili matching none of the teenagers’ DNA. Four of the five unsuccessfully appealed their convictions. Four of the five spent six years in a youth correctional facility; the 16-year-old spent 13 years in an adult prison. In 2002, serial rapist Matias Reyes confessed that he alone beat and raped Ms. Meili. His DNA matched that collected from her. In 2003, the five sued the city of New York and the state for malicious prosecution, racial discrimination, and emotional distress. They settled (the city paid $41 million; the state $3.9 million). Trump’s rush to judgment poisoned the atmosphere and very likely contributed to the five teenagers’ wrongful convictions. Recently (3-24-2021 Letters), without having heard a word of sworn testimony, Atascocita’s Andrew Gayre pronounced Derek Chauvin not guilty in George Floyd’s death. Another foolish rush to judgment! After hearing sworn testimony from both sides, the jury convicted Derek Chauvin of all three criminal charges he faced.
ENJOY THE VIEW
When I visit Mercer Botanic Gardens, the beauty that flourishes there always amazes me. Seasonal blooms of larkspur and pentas beckon visitors down a sunny path in the Color Garden. Not far away, towering canopies of pine shade colorful gingers, caladiums, azaleas, and camellias. In the Renaissance Garden, bright pink and red roses contrast beautifully with mature Japanese yews and grand Italian cypresses. Although I enjoy all these spaces, Storey Lake occupies a special place in my heart. As one of Mercer’s most remote greenspaces, it boasts a wild beauty that draws many to its waters for relaxation and reflection. Unfortunately, residents have not had access to this area for five years. When the Tax Day Flood of 2016 damaged the area beyond recognition, I made the tough decision to close Storey Lake and the Creekside Ramble for renovations. Since then, your Precinct 4 park staff members have worked hard to restore it. Although Hurricane Harvey and the COVID-19 pandemic slowed our progress, we reopened both locations recently, giving visitors access to 30 more acres of trails and garden space. I encourage everyone to visit Mercer this spring to view this long-awaited treasure and see our new spring color. May 15 marks Peace Officers Memorial Day. I hope you’ll join me virtually on May 17 to honor Texas law-enforcement officers who lost their lives in the line of duty. Hear special messages from former U.S. Rep. Ted Poe and other speakers.
Jack Cagle, Commissioner