Regarding âAs the First Anniversary of Death Approaches, Third Ward Park Is Named after George Floydâ (May 23): I agree 100% with this article and with the honor of George Floyd. Hopefully his death will help our country move in a better direction. We must not fear the police. They are there to protect us. The park must remain the symbol of how we are ready to fight for justice for the lives of black people now and forever.
Steven Shields, Houston
Feast of distraction
Regarding âMajority in GOP Ready to Riot Outâ (A3, May 28): Reading the morning paper, it seems to me that Republicans in Texas and across the country are honing their skills as a party of distraction . In Texas, the party is embroiled in fights to legalize unlicensed guns and prevent transgender students from participating in sports. Meanwhile, the real affairs of state are left out. The Republican leadership in Congress downplays the importance of creating a commission to uncover the leaders of the lawless mob that invaded the United States Capitol by killing one Capitol policeman and maiming others. But neither the senses. Ted Cruz nor John Cornyn seem able to admit the gravity of the events of January 6 nor the truth of what my eyes saw captured on camera. My only recourse was my vote, but now they are even trying to remove or limit that right.
Jere Pfister, Houston
Regarding “Abbott Bans Mask Rules” (A1, May 19): Even though I am fully vaccinated, I will continue to wear a mask in public buildings because I believe in science and have a real desire to ” help my family and my community. Even if I could do without a mask, I see the value of protecting those around me (who cannot yet be vaccinated or who are immunocompromised) from any airborne contagion. Many of us have grandchildren who are too young to be immunized. Many of us have elderly parents who, although vaccinated, have enjoyed a flu-free year. Many of us have family members with serious illnesses who may even be at risk of catching a cold. Many of us go to stores and face workers who have to interact with hundreds of people a day. By making this very small sacrifice, we are protecting the freedoms of others – that is, the freedom of these other people to engage in the world around them and to stay healthy.
Kitty Kenyon, Katy