Aggies advancing health
Re: “Aggies aim for the moon — In setting up a ‘transformative ‘ research institute, Texas A&M scientists look to change our relationship with food,” by Ryan Sanders, Sunday Opinion.
This is a well-written, informative op-ed about a new Texas A&M institute that will no doubt improve the health of Texans in the future. The illustration seemed to depict an A&M rocket going to grow fruit and vegetables on the moon. Instead the article was about how the Institute for Advancing Health through Agriculture will change the purpose of food by researching the nutritional differences individuals need to stay healthy, removing the barriers to purchasing and cooking such prescribed healthy food and changing how farmers and ranchers grow the food from the current resource-depleting manner to utilizing sustainable practices.
This institute is expected to change our food supply enough to decrease the need for pharmaceutical intervention. Way to go, Aggies!
Now, if our other research universities establish Institutes of Advancing Health to decrease exposure to chemicals, electromagnetic and other radiation, microbiology disruption, weather events and travel hazards, Texas would lead the nation in decreasing modern society’s illnesses.
Terry L. White, Mesquite
Taylor shows decency
U.S. Rep. Van Taylor, R-Plano, has stated that he believes that President Joe Biden won the election and that the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol should be investigated. He is getting heat for that stance from the far right.
This reminded me of a recently watched video of Joseph N. Welch answering question after question from Sen. Joseph McCarthy of Wisconsin. McCarthy was questioning Welch about communism in the U.S. Army. Having had enough of this charade, Welch finally said: ”You’ve done enough. At long last, have you no sense of decency?” McCarthy’s show soon ended and he returned home with his legacy ruined.
Although we no longer live in Collin County, I wish Taylor well in his bid for re-election. He has shown courage and decency. If only others would follow his lead.
Carolyn Bedinghaus, Waco
Truth is not political
It was disheartening to hear that the Republican National Committee, representing what was once a law and order party, voted to censure U.S. Reps. Liz Cheney of Wyoming and Adam Kinzinger of Illinois for upholding their oath to the Constitution rather than playing partisan games. No, RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel, they did not “cross a line” by serving on a committee seeking to get to the bottom of the insurrection.
But there was a glimmer of hope on the same day as former Vice President Mike Pence stated that it would be un-American for one person to choose the American president. The evidence is emerging in unmistakable clarity that the former president pulled out all the stops, many illegal, to try to hold onto power.
Getting the facts is vital to the future of our democracy. Blind partisanship results in deception. Truth is not political.
Linda Johnston Arage, Waxahachie
What vaccines have done
Many of your readers will remember lining up for the sugar cube with the polio vaccine inside. Everyone did, because who wanted to be in an iron lung? (My cousin Betty died of polio while in an iron lung.) Polio and smallpox were wiped out by a vaccine. I am pretty certain that if Dr. Anthony Fauci said that this vaccine would also wipe out cancer, the world would be lining up and probably pushing and shoving to get that needle in their arms. People, don’t you want this plague to be gone? Get vaccinated!
Martha Tim Latta, Fort Worth
U.S. is a democratic republic
People who say our country is a republic more than a democracy aren’t completely correct. Our country is a democratic republic. One can argue about how pure either is. Some say it’s a democracy when we vote. That is not true completely because the Electoral College negates that. Suffice to say our country is a democracy and a republic.
Brian Bowles, Dallas/West Oak Cliff
Reconsider voting rights acts
There is an evil stalking our land. This evil has carefully studied us to find our most basic heartbeat: safe, secure, integrity-driven voting rights. Many state legislatures have proved their cowardice by not protecting America’s heartbeat.
Now is the time for all national representatives to square their shoulders, steel their spines and reconsider the John Lewis Voting Rights Act and the Freedom to Vote Act to save America’s heartbeat.
Janice Sexton, Garland
We need civility, cooperation
Civil war is in the news a lot lately. The attempted insurrection of Jan. 6, 2021, is the biggest reason.
Political parties are not the solution, they are the creators of the problems. The members of those parties, who asked to be elected to serve the government, are the major source of solutions. From our politicians we need real honesty. They need to make problems solvable by working with one another for the common good.
What we can do as Americans is communicate to our representatives that we want them to make this their main goal. To date, they have provided us with many poor solutions to problems that actually do not exist. We have enough real problems that there is no need to make up any. Politicians must do what they took an oath to do or we should send them back to work for a living.
Goebel Vaughn, Plano
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