Josh Brodesky’s column on mental health issues gives hope to others.

My heart was deeply touched as I read Josh Brodesky’s essay. Making the difficult choice to be vulnerable and reveal his recent struggle with depression, he gave a voice to many of us.

Given Brodesky’s position as the Editorial Page Editor, I appreciate how difficult it was for him to publish this essay. I’m grateful he decided not to, in his words, “leave it in a shoebox.” Seeing his courage, many readers might find their own courage to speak honestly about their struggles. We all have them, after all.

My tears flowed as Brodesky shared the loving description of the family’s visit, as well as the photo of his children. We all needed the laughter of Tucker the dog.

I closed my beloved Express-News with a feeling of “all is well with the world”, all because of his column.

Susan sabino

The column was timeless

Thank you for this beautifully written column that reminds readers that depression lurks in every home. Josh Brodesky’s Thoreau-style cadence and Walt Whitman’s excerpts help us capture the subject’s inner landscape.

Interestingly, Whitman and Henry David Thoreau both suffered from bouts of depression. The column is timeless, and readers should step back for a minute and savor life – children, family, nature, each other’s purpose – in a world that seems to be falling apart.

Rafael Castillo

Balance? Absurdity

The phrase “Never Again” has come to represent a universal goal of preventing future genocides – a goal we have failed miserably. We seem unable to relate our historical knowledge to our moral choices.

The facts of the Holocaust are well documented. The Nuremberg trials that followed World War II have provided us with thousands of documents showing how the Nazis implemented their “final solution,” their plan to destroy the Jewish people.

The Holocaust should be taught in high school history classes. Unfortunately, a Southlake school administrator told teachers that if they have a book on the Holocaust in their classroom, it should be “balanced” by having one from an “opposite” point of view. There is no “balanced” perspective on the Holocaust. The only opposing perspective of the Holocaust comes from deniers.

As a retired history teacher, I don’t have to deal with such nonsense. But I get angry!

Carl Lloyd

For Trump’s sake

Former President Donald Trump’s lawyer John Scott is now Texas Secretary of State. How far does Abbott have to go?

I wish he had the same affection for the people of Texas as he did for Trump. Perhaps we could get approval for a new electricity grid and other necessary programs.

Vote!

Hamilton Cook Jr.

Pro-death not pro-life

Re: “It is high time the death penalty was abolished in Texas”, Other Views, October 24:

Roger C. Barnes’ commentary in favor of abolishing the death penalty raises a question: where are all the legislators and pro-life citizens, those who are prepared to trample on women’s freedom to defend the “rights” of women. a 6 week old embryo when it comes to the lives of adult humans accused of serious crimes?

Texas leads the 50 states with more than a third of US executions since 1976. Many states have either abolished the death penalty or do not use it.

But we are pro-life here in Texas! Do you see the hypocrisy?

I am in no way suggesting that heinous crimes should not be punished, but claiming to support the sanctity of life while supporting the death penalty is unbearable.

Susan Hull, Bandera

End the death penalty

As Roger Barnes points out in his guest column, Texas executed three people in 2020 and executed three in 2021.

Support for the death penalty has waned in recent years as the number of exemptions has forced the public to recognize that innocent people are on death row. Likewise, it is now clear that some forensic techniques such as the study of bite marks and blood splatters are, in essence, undesirable science.

Then, too, capital trials are expensive. There is also ample evidence that capital punishment does not deter crime.

Finally, perhaps, the public has simply grown weary of seeking a “fence” with a bloody revenge that brutalizes the new generations of Texans.

Barnes is right. It is time to abolish the death penalty.

Rachel Jennings

The “Powell Principle”

Re: “Even Failed, Powell Modeled The Character,” Alternate Views, Brandon Lingle, October 24:

At a time when it mattered most, for all the vaunted character, sacrifice and patriotism of General Colin Powell, he failed us in the worst possible way. Not only was his credibility shaken, he wasn’t really honest about it and wasn’t held accountable in any way. Instead, he is always presented as an example “that we can all learn from,” which in a way “ultimately strengthened his character, his credibility and his life of service.”

No, I learned that the military and political elite have different standards and standards from the rest of us. America is very polarized because of this double standard. We can call it the “Powell Principle”.

Fernando Centeno

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