So who’s vulgar?

After the recent story in the Waco Tribune-Herald about Congressman Bill Flores’ questionable and inconsistent social media policy, I hoped we might see an improvement in how he treats his constituents. I hoped he might even unblock me from his Twitter account (for which I’ve never been given a reason). Much to my dismay, on Jan. 19 I discovered that I have been blocked from commenting on his Facebook page. I immediately called his D.C. office to ask why, where an intern noted my concerns and said that my comments must have violated policy.

It took me a bit to remember my last comment on the congressman’s page. Then it hit me: Flores’ comment policy prohibits vulgarity. I confess, I used vulgar language: I quoted the president of the United States, who called African nations “s***holes.” In the comment, I pointed out that Rep. Flores once spread false information (something else Flores’ comment policy prohibits) about Muslim refugees and their countries of origin. I’ve written about that for the Trib. Then I asked if the congressman stood by President Trump’s words about African immigrants and their countries of origin. I was promptly blocked.

I shouldn’t be surprised. Flores has consistently proven his fidelity to President Trump and all he does, while literally shunning his constituents who ask questions or express disagreement. We’ve known this about Flores for quite some time. What we know now, however, is that Flores does not have a problem with racist vulgarity when it comes from the president of the United States, but his constituents should not make the mistake of quoting it.

Tylor Standley, Waco

Great Wall of Trump

It’s believed construction began 3,000 to 4,000 years ago on the Great Wall of China. Its original purpose was thought to be to keep out foreign invaders. Perhaps it worked at the time, but today it’s a world-known, much-loved tourist attraction totally outdated for any other purpose — certainly for keeping out invading hordes.

I wonder if the Great Wall of Trump, though obsolete even before it begins construction, could ever reach the status of tourist attraction. I, as much as any other American, vehemently oppose illegal immigration. But with the availability of 21st century technology, surely an extraordinarily expensive and unsightly wall is not the solution. Those wasted billions could be more sensibly spent on a more reasonable solution. I hope President Trump is able to soon see the stupidity of his rabid obsession with this wall.

Ed Wortham, China Spring

EDITOR’S NOTE: Texas Republican Sen. John Cornyn, who has emerged as a leader in current immigration reform negotiations, told Texas press last week he envisions border security as a combination of technology, increased staffing and barriers on the border where necessary.