Meeting on King’s principles

of nonviolence a success

I have come to know that nonviolence and peace must be taught. As the first public school teacher in Texas certified to teach Dr. Martin Luther King’s principles, I’d like to thank the community participants who recently attended our “Introduction to Kingian Nonviolence and Peace Workshop” at Haak Winery in Santa Fe.

Santa Fe and Houston teachers came. Representatives of The Gulf Coast Alliance for the Mentally Ill and ADA Women’s Center were there. Private practice therapists, combat veterans from Iraq and Iran, and city of Galveston Community Affairs Director Barbara Sanders attended. Even the new chief of police, Vernon Hale, was in attendance. It was a phenomenal day of exploring the topic of violence, non-violence vs. nonviolence, Dr. King’s Six Principles, and our shared values of our beloved community.

I was so proud of our newly certified Texas team that includes my 19-year-old son, Harold Love Jr., and Ramona Benton, also a member of the Galveston County Critical Incidence Management Team and Sam Alix, a combat veteran and founding member of Changing Hearts and Minds Program. We returned from the University of Rhode Island’s Center for Peace and Nonviolence in June.

Theresa Haak

Texas City

Weber’s meeting with accused Russian spy raises questions

Why is our Texas congressman meeting with Russian spies? On Sunday, we learned that Randy Weber met with Alexander Torshin, who is also reputed to have ties to the Russian mafia in April 2015.

Torshin and Maria Butina traveled to the United States in spring of 2015 and spoke with high level treasury officials in an effort to improve U.S.-Russia relations. Butina is accused of conspiring to infiltrate the National Rifle Association and influence U.S. policy toward Russia.

There are 535 members of Congress. Weber is the only elected official named so far. Weber also has an A rating from the NRA. Constituents deserve detailed answers as to what transpired during the meeting and why it happened in the first place.

Teresa Kumelski

League City

Mexico does crosswalks

right with speed bumps

In Mexico’s populous towns, authorities have installed permanent speed bumps at crosswalks, and the traffic flows just fine. The traffic has to slow down, and when a person steps out onto the crosswalk hump, all traffic stops.

Let’s install them up and down Seawall Boulevard where people are likely to cross.

People’s lives are more important than speed.

Susan P. Baker

Galveston

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