Perryman on target

We were so glad to read locally based economist Ray Perryman’s recent Trib column on the Texas economy, “Lack of immigrant labor will hurt state.” Dr. Perryman’s economic research and analysis firm runs the Texas Econometric Model, which is used to predict future growth in the Texas economy. His professional comments and predictions should be heeded by everyone who cares about the future of our state as well as our nation. Immigration reform is not just a social and humanitarian issue. It has very real economic ramifications. His studies validate the importance of the undocumented workforce. Based upon his research, who can deny the economic benefits to the Texas economy from undocumented workers?

Those of us who know personally the work ethic of young people who fall into the DACA group and their undocumented parents are amazed that politics can deter educated as well as Christian people from failing to recognize the urgency of immigration reform as an issue.

Bill & Mary Ann Thomas, Woodway

Hef & The Donald

Last year when it was revealed Donald Trump had made lewd comments in the past about women, he was thoroughly excoriated as a sexist pig. Hugh Hefner, on the other hand, who recently died and who built a financial empire based on the objectification of women, has been treated rather differently in the press. Hefner has been variously described as a “sexual pioneer” and even an “icon” of modern thought. The Washington Post obituary called him “visionary.”

In 1966 Hefner was interviewed by William F. Buckley on Buckley’s PBS program “Firing Line.” It quickly became clear in that interview that Hefner was trying to rationalize his own hedonistic desires by touting a “new morality” based on “situational ethics.” The “old morality” wouldn’t allow him to do what he wanted, so it needed to be discarded for something more up-to-date.

Ross Douthat, writing in the New York Times, was one of the few who got it right: “Hef was the grinning pimp of the sexual revolution, with Quaaludes for the ladies and Viagra for himself — a father of smut addictions and eating disorders, abortions and divorce and syphilis, a pretentious huckster who published Updike stories no one read while doing flesh procurement for celebrities, a revolutionary whose revolution chiefly benefited men much like himself.”

David B. Anderson, Waco

Trash piled high

I’m always hearing “Keep Waco Beautiful.” Yet how can we keep Waco beautiful as piles of trash sit on street curbs all over town? People pile old furniture, TVs, mattresses and tree limbs on the curb and they sometimes don’t get picked up for a month. I know this because it happened next door to me. At least five phone calls were placed to the city before it was picked up. There needs to be changes made.

Cora “Marie” Kudelka, Waco