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In denial about abuse

White House staff secretary Rob Porter recently resigned due to allegation­s of domestic violence. Porter was described by colleagues as “someone of exemplary character.” It is hard for us to reconcile the person we know with the abuser known to others. How do we believe victims while abusers seem the opposite while in public?

Accepting that violence happens between a couple in our circle of friends is difficult. We would rather believe this isn’t in our neighborho­ods, churches or offices.

It is not surprising White House staff characteri­zed Porter as “courteous, profession­al and respectful.” It is very common that abusers are described as such. Porter denies the abuse, not an unusual response. It took photograph­ic evidence for Porter to resign. One of the best things we can do for victims of abuse is to believe them.

This is a small piece of what makes domestic violence a complex issue. Thankfully Tarrant County has one of the largest service providers in Texas at SafeHaven. If you are in an abusive relationsh­ip, please reach out at 817-701-7233. Calls are confidenti­al. Kathryn Jacob, Fort Worth

How about politickin­g preachers

Re: “Paxton chides school leaders — He tells Lewisville and 2 other districts to quit politickin­g in primaries,” Thursday Metro & State story.

I have not seen a story about Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton sending letters to pastors and preachers telling them to cease and desist GOP evangelizi­ng from their pulpits as he did to Texas school districts who simply want to get on with the job of educating children. I honestly don’t think I will, either.

Randy Lawhon, Forney

Just do what the GOP does

One of the pearls of wisdom I gleaned from Republican­s in the past is that they claim to be better at using power than their rival, the Democrats. I believe the phrasing used by the Republican­s is “We know how to use power.”

It was with great interest that I read this article on Ken Paxton. He sent cease-and-desist letters to several school boards to stop their efforts to get teachers to “get out and vote.” Imagine that.

School districts don’t like it when Republican­s removed the tax deduction for low-paid teachers who use their own money to pay for school supplies for their classes.

The solution for the school districts is being displayed to us all by the Republican­s. Just claim you are not doing what Paxton and the Republican­s are angry about. Claim it is your lawyers doing it. And they are doing it with their own money.

It works for President Donald Trump every time he gets caught doing something illegal. Just pay your lawyers to take the fall. That is how real power works.

Ralph Goins, Coppell

Added incentive

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s letters to three school districts regarding “politickin­g” should be an added incentive to all school districts to promote get-out-the-vote campaigns. One district allegedly offered teachers the opportunit­y to wear jeans every day for the rest of the school year if they voted. That’s not promoting a particular party or candidate or using district funds. Teachers in Texas are a powerful voice and now is the time for them to use that voice on behalf of their schools and their students.

Dorothy Tinnin, Wylie

Emails didn’t say how to vote

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has sent cease-and-desist letters to three school districts. Apparently, he thinks schools and educationa­l organizati­ons are telling teachers/administra­tors how to vote. As a teacher, I have received emails and seen Facebook posts about this as well.

Not one of these emails or posts told me whom to vote for. It asked that I become educated about the candidates before I voted. I suggest that everyone, educator or not, do the same. We must protect our children, schools and teachers.

Audrey Pincu, Far North Dallas

All people first

Re: “Our faith should come first — The America First message stands in opposition to a Christian way of life, David Roark says,” Feb. 10 Vewipoints.

Thank you for printing Roark’s comments on the America First slogan. As a follower of Christ, I am uncomforta­ble with this slogan and Roark summarized it well.

The Bible is clear we are to consider ourselves no better than others and serve all people (Phil 2:4; Mark 10:43-45).

Benjamin Amey, Allen

Milder a friend of education

Re: “We recommend Milder in GOP race for lieutenant governor,” Feb. 6 Editorials.

Hello, parents and grandparen­ts of public school students, current classroom educators and administra­tors, general voting public, retired educators and any Texas voter wanting to make a change in Texas government. I am writing in support of Scott Milder, candidate for lieutenant governor of Texas.

Milder is running in the Republican primary against Dan Patrick to “give voters a choice on the ballot.” Milder has a passion for public schools in our state and is not seeking to push vouchers on our school districts. Vouchers rob valuable funds from districts that are working to make ends meet with funds the state has decided are “fair.”

Milder also wants fair treatment for those who are regarded as second-class citizens by some members of our Legislatur­e: These socalled second-class citizens are our educators who work diligently to deliver instructio­n to over 5 million Texas public school children.

Please check out his website and note the reasons Milder is by far the candidate of choice for this very influentia­l office in our state. Get out and vote (early voting begins Tuesday) in the March 6 Republican primary to elect a friend of public education. Judi Thomas, Conroe

Re: “Why I voted to release the Nunes memo — Will Hurd says he was meeting Congress’ obligation to inform the public,” Feb. 5 Viewpoints.

Republican Rep. Will Hurd and other Donald Trump-loving Republican­s frequently refer to former FBI director James Comey’s use of “salacious and unverifiab­le” informatio­n and its role in the Russian investigat­ion. They implied the term referred to the whole Steele dossier when it was used in the June 8, 2017, Comey testimony to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligen­ce regarding the presidente­lect’s rumored sexual activities with Russian prostitute­s during an earlier visit.

Republican apologists have cherry-picked, omitted and misconstru­ed facts to bolster their claim that the Mueller investigat­ion is politicall­y motivated, ignoring that the Russian government actively meddled in the election, that some of Trump’s family members and advisers engaged in questionab­le activities and initially lied to investigat­ors, or that Carter Page, the subject of surveillan­ce, was regarded as suspicious prior to the Steele dossier. Unfortunat­ely, the real facts and testimony are unavailabl­e due to national security concerns.

The president and his supporters have raised doubts about our the integrity and competence of the country’s intelligen­ce and law-enforcemen­t. How embarrassi­ng for the law-and-order party. Mike Lewis, East Dallas

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