Thanks to Adela Holda for the wonderful article about our mom. The family loves it.
Diana Thorn, via email
MARXISM VS. CAPITALISM
I appreciate Bill Bailey continuing to expose Marxism (or if you prefer socialism). One of the key components of capitalism is competition. One of the key components of Marxism is to eliminate competition. One of the reasons the United States became the successful country that it is was due to its citizens being free to better themselves, products and services, etc. through competition. Whereas a Marxist government wants to control its citizens. They want the population and all avenues of services to be dependent on the government. “Everyone” should have the same outcome / social status. Competition creates the abundance of choices, products, and services that we have in the U.S. Remember the pictures of the old Soviet Union grocery stores with empty shelves, and most recently Venezuela and Cuba? Perfect examples of Marxism. Do some people cheat? Unfortunately, yes. But that is why we have laws, rules, and checks and balances. Morals and ethics have already been discussed in prior letters. I suppose it could be said that Deming was ahead of his time when he advised his students that everyone would pass on the first day of class: “Everyone gets a trophy.” Do you really think there wasn’t competition in his classroom? Dissing competition because some people cheat is “grasping at straws.” If you eliminate competition (and the reward for being better), you break the human spirit. And that is exactly what Marxism does. Final note: under Marxism, the Tribune would be government controlled and my letters would never see the “light of day.” I most likely would have been eliminated by now as well. The current administration depends on the mainstream news and social media to accomplish that task; it’s called cancel culture. Along with suggesting to Facebook what the administration considers to be misinformation, thus pressuring Facebook to remove said “misinformation” from its platform.
Charlton Robertson, Kingwood
Harris County Commissioners Court recently voted three members versus two members to sue the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) to stop the $7.5 billion North Houston Highway Improvement Project (NHHIP). The project includes significant infrastructure and safety improvements along Interstate 45 north from downtown to Beltway 8, a section of highway that has not seen major improvements in three decades, even though Harris County’s population has nearly doubled. The project has been in the planning and design phase for 15 years and received funding from the TxDOT Unified Transportation Program (UTP), a 10-year plan, guiding transportation project development across the state. TxDOT allocated the $7.5 billion of funding through the UTP because it believed that the NHHIP was essential to Harris County’s future economic and infrastructure development. In addition to expanding and upgrading the corridor to meet highway safety standards, the agency plans to use the funds for congestion relief, improved flood mitigation and drainage improvements along I-45. Additionally, the project could lead to transit and mobility improvements throughout north Houston and job creation across the region. With the project’s future uncertain, TxDOT continues to solicit comments on the potential removal of NHHIP funding and needs to hear from YOU to decide how to move forward and respond to the lawsuit. YOUR input remains important for TxDOT in deciding whether or not they should stop this project and reallocate the $7.5 billion to other areas throughout the state or continue with TxDOT’s plans to improve this corridor. If the project loses money, we may not receive another opportunity to upgrade the I-45 corridor, severely affecting mobility and safety along the highway.
R. Jack Cagle
Commissioner Harris County Precinct 4
SOME, NOT ALL
Natural laws are universal. That is, they are of the form “All swans are white.” Let’s dub that statement T (for theory). One counterexample (a non-white swan) refutes T (or a natural law). Charlton Robertson said, “Man by nature is lazy …” (5-5-2021 Letters). In other words, all humans are lazy. My 5-19-2021 letter, citing Einstein as a counterexample, did not convince CR of his lazy theory’s falsity; so I’ll offer another counterexample. My alcoholic father contributed no funds to my college education. My mother worked from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at Randolph AFB near San Antonio. When 5 p.m. arrived, she drove 17 miles into San Antonio, and worked from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. rating insurance policies at USAA. When 10 p.m. arrived, she drove 17 miles back to Universal City near Randolph AFB, where she lived. On the weekends, she came to Austin and cared for me as I studied. Then on Monday morning, she drove back to Randolph AFB and began a new workweek. That routine continued for many years while I attended UT Austin (BA, MPA, PhD). Anyone who claims that my mother was lazy (by nature or otherwise) doesn’t understand the word “lazy”. CR’s persistence in claiming his “lazy” theory is true is tantamount to one who persists in claiming “All swans are white” after observing a black swan. Conclusion: CR’s lazy theory is false. The truth is: “Some folks are lazy; others aren’t.” Now re CR’s 7-7-2021 letter praising “successful” folks, Einstein said, “Try not to become a man of success but rather try to become a man of value. He is considered successful in our day who gets more out of life than he puts in. But a man of value will give more than he receives.”
Bill Bailey, Kingwood
Crimes involving firearms are soaring, especially in large cities with Democrat mayors, e.g. L.A., San Francisco, Chicago, NYC, D.C., Baltimore, Detroit, Portland, Minneapolis, et.al. These same cities have either cut police budgets or have promoted “Defund the Police” efforts. Many of these cities have radical left D.A.s who will not prosecute real criminals below a certain dollar level of crimes. The Democrat voters who put these mayors in offer bear significant culpability for the increased violence also.
A good start to reducing violent crime would be for these mayors to support (and refund) their police departments and direct their D.A.s to prosecute criminals. Cash bonds should be reinstated so that lawbreakers are not almost immediately released back on the streets after being arrested. The above is hardly new thinking, but simply common sense.
Robert L. Gabler,
Location, Location, Location!
We’ve all heard it said that the three most important things about business and real estate are location, location, and location! This is likely true if you’ve ever experienced your own business, especially a restaurant. Even a good restaurant can get killed if not in the right location. Interestingly, the Lord our Creator made us in the beginning not just in His image, but gave us a soul that would live forever. He even put this knowledge in our hearts. “He (the Lord) has made everything beautiful in its time, and has put eternity in their hearts…” (Ecclesiastes 3:11) Everyone whether or not they wish to admit it, knows there is a life after this one, and that they will live forever. I have heard that surveys show most atheists believe in an afterlife! What a bunch of hypocrites! Oh well… With that in mind, the question is, where will you and everyone else spend eternity, that is, the life after this one. The Bible says, “It is appointed for man to die once, then the judgment.” (Hebrews 9:27) Death is an appointment, not a rule… Enoch and Elijah never died. They missed the “appointment” by being taken up to heaven alive. But for most of us, we will make that appointment. When? Only the Lord knows as He alone has numbered our days (Psalm 139:16). So… where do you think you will spend eternity? Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except by Me.” (John 14:6) He also said, “My sheep hear My voice, I know them, and they follow Me.” (John 10:27) Jesus is the only way to heaven, and He has described those who belong to Him. Jesus told Nicodemus that he must be born-again (John 3:3), that is, not born “of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” (John 1:13) It is by a repentant heart and a personal trust and faith in God through His Son, Jesus Christ, that is our only guarantee to be with God forever. Jesus also said, “Enter by the narrow gate (that would be Him), for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction (hell and the lake of fire), and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.” (Matthew 7:13-14) That’s pretty scary when you think that most will not be in heaven, but hell. So, since we all have an appointment with death, and we have no clue as to when that might happen, it is terribly important to make sure which path you are on… the wide or the narrow. Ultimately it is your choice… So, choose wisely. And remember… Location, Location, Location!
John Lister, via email