Variety of opinions

I thank you for the clear, reasoned and principled Dec. 22 Trib editorial on the tax-reform bill passed by Congress [“We need tax reform, but not like this”]. I would wager, if I were a betting man, that if someone had submitted an opinion much like this in a post on Congressman Bill Flores’ Facebook page, it would have been deleted. That has been the fate of multiple opinions making some of the same points, though not at once.

I appreciate the Waco Trib’s willingness to allow multiple opinions in its public square because it indicates your trust in the capacity of citizens to hear opposing views and make their own opinions, even ones disagreeing with you. It is so much more refreshing and democratic than deleting opinions that don’t agree with a party line and dogma. (And that could be any party.) It indicates more faith in the democratic process than attitudes and actions that seem to squelch opinions as an expression of power but mostly indicate fear, an unwillingness to dialogue and a lack of real confidence in one’s own arguments.

Difference and dialogue move us beyond rhetoric, propaganda and illusion. That is the gift of a community and society with a free press, one that searches for, and reveals, the real news.

Rev. Bill Gaventa, Woodway

Bored of contributors

I thoroughly enjoyed and approved of Lester Beaird’s poetic summary of the continuing puny efforts of those two Bozos named David [“Christmas for Parrots,” Dec. 24]. Mr. Beaird was clever and good-natured in his Christmas poem, everything these two hacks lack. I wondered how these Davids collaborated when they were in separate states but now it comes out that they meet over “milkshakes” at the Baylor Club while attempting to impress one another. That explains a lot.

How does the Trib select the Board of Contributors anyway? How many of your subscribers are Bored of Contributions by the Snark Tank Davids? Quite a few, I would bet. Why not replace them on the board with Mr. Beaird? He has skills and is likable. Additional benefit: He also could certainly assist Brice Cherry in finding better rhyming words for his annual Christmas Carol lame-ricks.

Bruce Hamelin, Woodway

What’s for dinner?

Regarding news reports that scientists will be field-testing poison baits made from a preservative that’s used to cure bacon and sausage on feral hogs early this year in arid West Texas: Instead of risking the poisoning of wild animals, pets, livestock and people, why not grasp the reality that there are people out there who eat pig — not homegrown pigs but wild ones, either because they like the taste or they’re poor.

Feral hogs are a critical staple. Castrate the small hogs and turn them loose. This will stop them from breeding. Officials from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife should know that!

Joanne Mcmanmie, Valley Mills