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The Alamo needs saving — again

February 16, 2018 GMT

Re: “The need for openness at the Alamo,” Editorial, Jan. 19:


Just the sound of the name puts me into instant protective mode. And God knows, the Alamo needs to be protected. But, then, I don’t have to tell you that.

Poor old Alamo. Are we all doing our part? I was always told never to underestimate the power of the written word. For many of us that is all we have. We have no guns! No bayonets! No swords! No Bowie knives! Just words and heart! We need to make the most of them.

Take the Travis letter, for example. What an impact it made and is still making to this day. Words that came from the heart of one of the bravest men who ever lived. I wonder what he would write today. What words of wisdom would he impart to Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush and all the people who are working together to devalue his precious Alamo? Yes, of course, it was precious to him. He died for it!

With today’s technology, it does not take long to write a letter. One does not even need to go to the post office. Just a click, and there you are. Of course, there is nothing better than a letter written on paper with pen in hand. And, yes, you need to walk or drive to your local post office, buy a stamp and physically place your letter into a mailbox.

So, I challenge each and every one of you. If you have issues or concerns about our beloved Alamo, write the letter or send the email. Either, way you will get your message across. And it’s your right. If you do not communicate, no one will ever know what your thoughts and feelings were. Every letter of the alphabet, every word, is at your disposal. Please, do not waste them.

Never underestimate the power of the written word.

Wendy Kell lives in Quebec, Canada. She has been to the Alamo only once, but she has been fascinated by it since she was 15 years old.