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Justice for pro-Trump Jan. 6 Washington rioters is anything but a ‘witch hunt’

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Jan. 6 inquiry anything but a ‘witch hunt’

Friday’s front-page story, “House votes to hold Trump ally Bannon in contempt,” on the House of Representatives’ vote to hold former President Donald Trump ally Steve Bannon in contempt of Congress, said that Republicans call the insurrection investigation “witch hunt” and a waste of time and “argue that Congress should be focusing on more important matters.”

I’ve never heard or read anything that is a more ridiculous fabrication. People who believe and repeat this monstrous idea need their heads examined.

- Judith Wills, Grapevine

Much bigger than just politics

I’m happy to see that nine Republican House members had the courage Thursday to place principle above party. They joined the Democratic majority in referring the criminal contempt of Congress charge against Steve Bannon.

Reps. Jim Jordan’s and Matt Gaetz’s bellicose rhetoric opposing the resolution was full of political diversion, in contrast to the facts, without constitutional grounding, and appealing to an audience of one: Donald Trump.

Until more Republicans stand up and denounce the “Big Lie,” our democratic republic remains in jeopardy. This is a moral issue, not a political one.

- Richard Cherwitz, Arlington

Put money to much better use

The 2022 midterm elections are on track to be among the most expensive elections ever. I’m furious that politicians from both parties will spend millions of dollars trying to get elected, subjecting voters to lies, promises, finger-pointing and blames cast on the other political party.

It’s disappointing that all this money is spent to make us vote for them, or more likely not vote for their opponents. We could use this money to feed the poor and provide health care and housing, but no, we waste it on advertising.

I suggest that all political committees be eliminated and political donations be limited. The rich and their PACs overwhelm us and their opponents with advertisements that most of us dislike.

- Jerry A. Coover, Fort Worth

Cruz deserves this high honor

Even 10 years later, Game 6 of the 2011 World Series still hurts. But enough time has passed to declare that when Nelson Cruz retires, he deserves a spot in the Texas Rangers’ Hall of Fame.

In 2011, he hit 29 home runs and had the first grand slam walk-off in major league playoff history. He was an All-Star in 2009 and 2013 for the Rangers and has gone on to be an All-Star five more times.

But the statistic that sticks out the most is that in 2012 he played in 159 games. After Cruz’s botched catch attempt that cost the Rangers the series, the worst play of his career, he showed up every day, hitting .260 with 24 homers and 90 RBIs. He should be considered.

- Joshua Reed, Watauga

Black people must see justice

As someone who is Black, I find it heartbreaking to see how often police don’t treat us as individuals. With the deaths of multiple innocent black men such as Philando Castile and George Floyd, police reform is a must. It should include longer training, harsher punishments instead of suspending someone after the killing of a suspect and fair treatment of all races.

Imagine if the killer of your loved one was simply put on leave. I pray for the day when Black people do not have to fear for our lives when we hear a siren.

- Aman Habtu, Denton

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