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“Girls don’t take math and science; that’s for boys.” “Why are you wasting your time and money going to college when all you will ever do is get married and have babies?”
That is what my mother and my wife each heard from their grandparents. The grandparents were both very wrong!
My mother did get that math and science degree in the 1950s, and her class photo shows she was the only woman.
She then met my father and began a teaching career. That thing with my dad didn't work out so well, and my mother found it impossible to raise three children on a teacher's salary. So she applied for numerous jobs with better pay and benefits. She found one answering phones at the main switch board for an aluminum plant, where she was eventually promoted into the purchasing department.
My wife is currently working on her doctorate in education with two bachelors degrees, a masters and numerous awards and acknowledgments. I should mention she has acquired these degrees while working full-time and is currently a public school principal. She has bettered the lives of thousands of children, families, and me as she has worked to move the needle forward in public education for the past 20 years.
These two amazing women are now the examples for our daughter. She is so fortunate to be growing up in a time and place where the comments her mother and grandmother faced would be mocked in most circles, but unfortunately not all.
I don’t know what she will do with her life. But, I know more doors open for her each day— because of the efforts of the many women who had the courage to step forward when they were being told to sit down. With Mothers Day approaching I think it might be a good time to remember not only what they have done for us, but what they have all done for us collectively.
I support U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders for president because of his positions and character. Sanders would do the best job at improving our country because of his approach to our nation’s challenges.
Bernie will fight to get big money out of politics. Congress is overly influenced by corporations and wealthy special interests.
Sanders’ positions would help restructure the economy to represent the working class and the wealthy. Bernie has specific plans to ensure that: large corporations pay appropriate taxes and don’t move jobs overseas, we improve education and employment opportunities, no one that works 40 hours a week lives in poverty, and that we fully support our veterans and elderly.
If you listen to Bernie Sanders, you will hear someone who is fair, honest, confident, thoughtful, humble, enthusiastic and consistent.
Enough is enough! Do you want a president that will unite us to invest in people, or one who will divide us and continue to fuel greed?
Christine Smiley, Lewisville
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My younger brother was arrested on Friday. He is a drug addict. It’s okay, you can go ahead and judge him, my family, my parents, I got over that many years ago. My brother was released from a 3 year prison sentence in early 2015, but as prison doesn’t cure addiction, he was caught with drugs again.
My family has long run out of money for lawyers so he’ll be represented by whoever is assigned to him and he’ll be back in prison for 2-99 years, whatever the prosecutor and the judge feel like on that day.
If you’ve never had a loved one in prison I will tell you what is true for me – it is necessary to kill a part of yourself in order to deal with the reality of having a loved one locked up in a corrupt and dangerous system. I’m not sure what that part is called but I know whatever it is - killing it is the only way to make it possible to sleep through the night, wake up in the morning, have some laughter, raise your kids, and get on with your life. But all along you know that part of you is dead and gone. That’s the war on drugs.
The punishment isn’t only applied to the prisoner, it is applied to the sons and the daughters, mothers and fathers, brothers and sisters. The pain ripples through families and communities. The United States has 5% of the world’s population and 25% of the prison population. That’s 2 million people in prison.
Rep. Michael Burgess and his cronies in the Republican House have voted nearly 60 times in an effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act. They finally get their wish of it heading to President Obama's desk next week, after the Senate also passed the bill this month. The President will most likely veto this repeal, because it is the right thing to do for the health of Americans.
Since the ACA was passed into law, we have seen healthcare spending in 2014 grow at the slowest rate since 1960. Healthcare inflation is also as its lowest in 50 years. The number of Texans uninsured dropped from from 24.6% to 16.9% (still the highest in the nation but a large improvement). Urgent care clinics are popping up on every corner.
While I do not disagree the ACA has some gaps, it is not enough to scrap the entire law without an immediate replacement that maintains or improves coverage and cost for Americans. Medicare for All is one such replacement that would help.
It seems the "doctor in the House" continues to work against American healthcare every chance he gets. Dr. Burgess should be reminded of the line in the Hippocratic Oath that states "I will prevent disease wherever I can" before he makes yet another mistake in voting for repeal.
John Turner-McClelland Little Elm, TX
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