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January 2, 2017

Let people decideRe: “Carson wrong on housing segregation,” Editorial, Dec. 23:Dr. Carson is right. Why don’t we give people school choice and let them move to the neighborhoods that give them the best opportunities? Let people decide for themselves what’s in their best interests. I don’t know why you think politicians make good decisions.Howard Monroe, Garden RidgeChange the systemI have noticed a recurring theme in recent letters strongly suggesting that whining liberals should get over it and recognize that if Clinton had won, there would be no complaining about the Electoral College. I am sure that is true. But what if the opposite were true. Trump wins the popular vote by nearly 3 million but loses the electoral vote.To make matters more odorous, 17 intelligence agencies report that Russia had something to do with the results of the election. This would be proof of “Crooked Hillary’s” dishonesty and that she was in league with Moscow, confirming the system was “rigged,” as Trump had proclaimed months on end. The collective howling from the right would radiate to outer space, accompanied by the popular chant, “lock her up.”The Electoral College was established because the founding fathers had little faith in the average voter to make intelligent choices; they also wanted to ensure equal representation for each state. The problem with the electoral vote is the winner-take-all proposition, with millions of votes not counting. In Texas, 3.7 million votes for Clinton meant nothing, while in New York almost 3 million votes for Trump did not count.Why not alter the way votes are counted? If a candidate gets 45 percent of the votes in Oklahoma, he/she gets 45 percent of the electoral votes. It is not unprecedented; Maine and Nebraska have already implemented this system.Vince Adamo, Castle HillsBe wary of cabalsRegarding the number of high-ranking military personnel President-elect Donald Trump has selected for his Cabinet, he would do well to read “Seven Days in May” written by Fletcher Knebel and Charles W. Bailey in 1962. The plot revolves around a military cabal that plots to overthrow the U.S. government.Harold EstepAbandoning IsraelRe: “U.S. silent in key UN vote against Israel,” Nation & World, Dec. 24:By abstaining from voting on a resolution regarding West Bank settlements, the U.S. has sanctioned an organization dedicated to the delegitimization of the State of Israel and destroying the Jewish connection to Jerusalem, the City of David.By tacitly accepting a declaration that states the Wall of the Jewish Temple, the holiest site in Judaism, to be in Palestinian occupied territory, Obama is telling the Jewish people there is no place for them on this earth.For the Muslim world, Obama has yet again betrayed another friend. To them, when the West cooperates with the U.N. to make the most outrageous, vile accusations against Israel, it becomes further proof of the moral decadence of the West (whose weakness and prejudices they have been very successfully exploiting).Sylvia WeissAnti-Israel stanceRe: “U.S. silent in key UN vote against Israel,” Nation & World, Dec. 24:When will people learn?That is a rhetorical question, but President Barack Obama has been a renegade, pretend American. He is Islam and Muslim first and only. For the U.S. to abstain from the U.N. vote is a slap in the face of Israel, and it endangers the Middle East region and especially Israeli security. Israel is surrounded by hostile enemies, and it will do whatever necessary to protect itself.Whatever further harm Obama can do to the U.S., the West and American citizens, he will try to do before he leaves the White House.Ultra-liberals need to open their eyes and try to comprehend what this man has done during eight years in office that negates our American culture and pushes radical pro-Islam priorities and agendas.Wake-up and smell the Starbucks!Peter Stern, DriftwoodStudy in contrastsIt is interesting that our outgoing president is an example why we should do away with presidential term limits; and our incoming president is an example of why we should limit presidents to one two-year term.Mark PorterShock wavesRe: “Podesta was Mr. Fix It, now Mr. Broke It,” Ruben Navarrette, Other Views, Dec. 24:Navarrette is wasting his writing talents criticizing Clinton and her campaign staff. He has not spent a lot of time in the past trying to make the Democratic candidates successful; why now? I would advise him to focus on the organizational leadership problems of the president-elect and his Cabinet, because indications are they are about to bring earthquakes to the American political scene, compared to the localized tremors of the Democrats.Moreover, Mr. Navarrette dismisses the private nature of the DNC emails, and the timely — or untimely — release of news about additional emails by the FBI, which amounted to nothing. He also dismissed the Russian meddling in the election. Clearly, this triad turned the election. As for the working-class white voters now relying on Trump for deliverance, Mr. Navarrette had better prepare himself for a seismic shock.Michael VogelsangLimited by ZIP codeRe: “Try education savings accounts,” Mack Morris, Another View, Dec. 26:The author states that thousands of students are trapped in struggling schools. Yes, they are because of your Texas Legislature’s system for underfunding those schools. The affluent districts have more money for tutors or SAT prep. Why don’t you look at the top five states in public education and learn from them?Quit trying to privatize education! Those kids limited by family income and their ZIP code require more funds, period!J. Luis Rojas, Schertz