To their success

One serious problem in our country is that there are too many Democrats and too many Republicans and not enough Americans. When loyalty to party and the quest for power and personal prestige exceed concern for the welfare of the nation, the results should be predictable. The interest of the citizens of our land are often forgotten. We are too often governed more by special-interest groups and lobbyists than by the American voters. “Party lines” are not always in the best interests of the nation as a whole. There should be more bipartisan effort to reach important legislative decisions. Agreements should be based upon national best interests and not on which party proposed such an action.

As to immigrants affected by Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, many have achieved a successful role as a professional in the medical field, as attorneys, as teachers, as ministers or in some business role and are contributing to the national welfare as productive citizens. Consideration should be given to such people on an individual basis if deportation becomes a factor in their lives. During the influx of immigration that brought these people to our country as children, probably most of their parents were unable because of dire circumstances to go through the legal process for immigration and they slipped into the country in desperation. Many were probably welcomed by American employers to do labor that was shunned by American citizen workers.

Many, if not most, Americans are descended from immigrants who sought better opportunities for themselves and their families in this land of the free. Many of those immigrants probably were no more “legal” than the parents of current DACA individuals. Perhaps there is no perfect answer to this dilemma, but it would be wise to give consideration to the efforts and achievements of the many who are now successful in some profession or business.

J.R. Chapman, Hubbard

Trib wades too far

I usually refrain from commenting on the daily newspaper’s editorial. I respect the newspaper’s opinion and am hesitant to criticize other than to just comment on facts versus no facts.

The Aug. 30 editorial, “Time to roll up sleeves, leave politics behind in resurrecting Texas’ battered coastal communities,” justifies my opinion in response. You started out very well. Paragraphs 1, 2 and 3 were excellent and set a tone for moving forward with all things needed. For the rest of the editorial, I believe you stuck your head where you could not get any oxygen. You dove headfirst right into the politics you encouraged everyone to put aside.

Shame on you, shame on you!

Stephen Williams, Hewitt