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Opinion |  Ted Cruz fled one storm, but flew into another

For the publisher:

Regarding “On the way to Cancún, Cruz finds more heat than he had expected” (first page, February 19):

In a time of desperation and suffering in Texas due to extreme winter conditions, people are suffering from power outages, a lack of basic necessities and fragile infrastructure. With such difficult times, it is natural to look to elected leaders for comfort and relief.

Senator Ted Cruz has brought comfort and relief, not to the Texans he represents, of course, but to himself and his family. His selfish decision to flee the country to Mexico truly illustrates how out of touch Mr. Cruz is with reality. The lack of concern for his constituents and his condition clearly highlights his egocentric state of mind.

As more and more people start to see the true nature of some politicians, we are left with a question: do we believe it is fair for a public servant to leave his constituents behind to travel to another country for find refuge there? This response will serve as a precedent for the future of this country.

Jaisnav Rajesh
Naperville, Ill.

For the publisher:

Kudos to Ted Cruz for setting such a beautiful example of civic-mindedness and compassion for his young daughters as they walked to the beach in Cancun, while their fellow Texans froze in the dark. What a man. What a daddy.

Mary janicke

For the publisher:

Ted Cruz’s indecent escape to Cancun from distressed Texas (allegedly done in the interest of being “a good father”) reminded me of what my father did for me during one of the worst snowstorms to hit my hometown, Milwaukee.

The snow hit just before I was ready to participate in a trivia game on local television. After three days with no heat or electricity, I figured I should go to the show with dirty hair and a wrinkled dress. If we could even get to the studio.

Such thoughts evoked deep tragedy in my 15 year old self.

My father said if the roads weren’t cleared of snow and the authorities always advised against unnecessary travel, no one was going anywhere. But if he was deemed safe to leave, he would spend whatever it took to get us to a hotel with a barber shop so I could look presentable.

But the roads were cleared of snow, the power came back on, and I looked good on TV.

I have never forgotten the lesson my dad taught me about not wanting something so much that you’re willing to do stupid things to get it. It’s something good fathers do.

Mary stanik
Tucson, Arizona.

For the publisher:

How do businesses that moved from the West Coast to Texas feel now that they’ve learned the hidden costs of being in their new home state: a state that doesn’t have a reliable power grid, a a prerequisite for today’s technology companies?

There is no doubt that these companies were attracted by the “business-friendly” climate, that is, by a relatively lax regulatory climate, and other cost-cutting incentives offered to businesses ready to relocate.

Luanna C. Carpenter
Charleston, South Carolina

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