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Friday letters: Opioid crisis, informed delivery, factionalism persists

March 23, 2018 GMT

Opioid crisisRegarding “Trump’s opioid answer: Death for drug pushers” (Page A8, Tuesday), solving the opioid problem by executing drug dealers is a simplistic solution from a misguided president. Besides the draconian aspects, who exactly are the targets? The doctors that overprescribe? The pill mills that hand out the drugs? Another day, another distraction thrown out by our president.Bob Gayle, HoustonBig Brother fearsRegarding “You can get United States Postal Service to email photos of your mail to you” (Page A4, Wednesday), Dwight Silverman’s column about the post office’s “informed delivery” service lets us know what snail mail is coming to our home. However, this is not a service that the post office just decided to develop for the benefit of its patrons. The post office has been able to do this because it has been scanning into computers 100 percent of your mail for several years now.Those who worry that a stalker might be looking at what mail is addressed to them might also want to be concerned that the government is keeping computerized records of your mail and has been for a while.William Greene,League CityFactionalism persistsRegarding “GOP might regret its silence on Trump” (Page A19, Wednesday), the GOP might also live to regret some or most of the things they have said in the past.The majority leader of what was once called the “greatest deliberative body in the world” was quoted in the aftermath of the election of 2008 that, “The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president.” The single most important thing? How about the constitutionally established and legally required duties, all of which require deliberation and cooperation?One of the concerns the Founding Fathers had when hoping to form “a more perfect union” was the dangers of factionalism. Their fears were justified and borne out in the governmental dysfunction witnessed over the past nine years, the last one in particular. Houser Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell were both taken aback by the outcome of the 2016 election as witnessed on television. Then factionalism took over, and the good of the country has taken a backseat ever since.Ryan and McConnell should try a little more deliberation and cooperation.Edward B. Williams, League CitySix of oneRegarding “Tempest over Trump-Putin call turns into uproar over White House leaks” (Page A19, Wednesday), why are people complaining about the Russia election? Vladimir Putin won by more than 70 percent of the vote. So Hilary Clinton got 3 million more votes than Donald Trump. He became president of the United States.We have this minority apartheid electoral collage that lets the loser become president. Is there any other country in the world in which you can lose by 3 million votes and win the election? I think not. Do not throw stones if you live in a glass house.Willie Horak, Cypress