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Your Turn, Sept. 1: Don’t play politics with teachers’ retirement

Outrage, denial rule U.S.

Re: “Sick rhetoric of civil war infects nation,” Other Views, Aug. 21:

Bandon Lingle’s column nailed some of the many problems we have today. We have become a nation, and possibly a world, of misinformation and misdirection. Outrage and denial take precedence over common sense and cooperation. The enemy “is those other guys.”

The far right and left in our society who yell the loudest get the most attention. Former President Donald Trump is just one example. Anyone with whom he disagrees is an idiot or is persecuting him.

What happened to common sense and civility? Sen. John Cornyn has recently become a model for working across the aisle for the benefit of the American people. And what has he been called by some fellow Republicans, a traitor?

Just look at what happened to U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney and many other GOP representatives when they had the gumption to vote to impeach Trump or expose his efforts to retain the presidency. Many of them have retired or been defeated. What does that say about us? Have we really become that divisive in such a short time? I pray not.

D.M. Horridge

Leave TRS fund out of it

Re: “Ten financial firms make naughty list,” Business, Aug. 25:

State Comptroller Glenn Hegar said 10 financial service firms that stand accused of “boycotting” oil and gas companies could be limited in doing business with Texas.

I would like to remind Hegar that the Teachers Retirement System funds are not his or the state’s money. It is the teachers’ money. It is money for their retirement. The only objective for TRS is to maximize returns for teachers. It is not a piggy bank for Texas’ elected officials to play politics with or to use to suck up to their donors.

Scott Robertson

IRS passing up dollars

Re: “IRS erasing over $1.2B in late fees,” Business, Aug. 25:

Nearly 1.6 million late-filing taxpayers will receive $1.2 billion worth of penalty relief because of the COVID pandemic.

Can anyone explain to me why this makes sense? People were not working, or they were working from home, during the pandemic. Couldn’t they find time to file their taxes?

The deadlines were even extended: 2019 tax returns to July 15, 2020, and 2020 returns to May 17, 2021.

Seriously, 1.6 million people. Doesn’t the federal government ever intend to cut the rising federal deficit?

Didn’t the government just give the IRS money? Money that it probably wouldn’t need if it collected this large amount of late fees.

John D. Shicora