Letters to the Editor – Krause’s Book List Sparks Firestorm


Derogatory terms

Re: “Lawmaker targets books – GOP representative launches inquiry into libraries, classrooms,” Oct. 27 report.

It’s strange how derogatory terms have a life of their own, often “going 180 over time.” Representative Matt Krause, R-Fort Worth, is looking for books that “may cause students to experience discomfort, guilt, anguish, or any other form of psychological distress” because of their race or background. sex.

Reality: The existence of said books in many cases probably reduces the discomfort, guilt or anguish of many students by presenting life as it is. Fact: The existence of said books presents, at age-appropriate levels, situations and events in the real world – not life or the world as Krause wishes it to be.

Reality: Taking this literature off the shelves will not protect children of all ages from learning the hard way that there will be a lot of discomfort, angst and guilt and that the world is not all creamy and sour.

Rep. Krause, do you remember the popularity of the derogatory term Snowflake was in conservative circles in recent years? Well, come back atcha!

Michael F. Blashka, Richardson

We need a firefighter

All the talk around Matt Krause’s investigation of books in our public school libraries reminded me of Ray Bradbury’s 1953 novel, Fahrenheit 451. And yet, this obvious link seems to be lost in the political posture.

Who will play the role of Bradbury firefighter Guy Montag and save the bank accounts?

Sue Owens, Dallas

Consider what is appropriate

Re: “School Books Inquiry Raises Eyes – Lawmaker’s List Targets Headlines of Women, People of Color and LGBTQ Authors,” Monday’s article.

I was quite puzzled by the reactions of Sophie Gonzales, Ashley Hope Pérez and Kalynn Bayron to Matt Krause’s request that schools investigate what our school libraries and classrooms have to offer and encourage our children to read.

These authors seem to question Krause’s motives by launching an investigation. He does this because their topics may be viewed as controversial and disturbing by some. Parents wonder how and when these topics are presented and how they might influence their children.

I also wonder why the newspaper would only analyze the first 100 titles out of 850 and report that 97 were written by women, people of color or LGBTQ authors. Good books are good books. An author’s gender, race, or sexual orientation should not be part of the debate over which books are worth including.

This is what inquiry should be – a debate about what is appropriate in school, in the library, and in the classroom.

Perez says, “All of this work is being undermined by this coordinated effort to get these books off the shelves of school libraries,” which makes me want to stand up and scream: probe is not a pulling!

Margarit Pirro, Richardson

Target TV shows instead

I suggest our Governor and the Texas Legislature start doing something really worthwhile and look at all the TV shows that are broadcast publicly to prevent our young people from seeing and hearing about sex, violence, discrimination. , racial slurs, abusive relationships and bad language instead of lashing out at school libraries that have books on history, science, world issues, etc. It would be an interesting project.

Diane Gentile, North Dallas

Talk about sinking low!

Re: “850 Titles for Your Reading List – Lawmakers’ collection of suspicious titles makes them irresistible to kids,” Tuesday Editorials.

Your editorial was slightly funny, saying that the list tells kids which books should be banned, so they’ll go find them. It was fun until the last sentence where you say Krause could sabotage the education of the children, and we shudder at the thought of someone falling so low.

Sink so low? In a country where the media censors conservative rhetoric as disinformation and banned President Donald Trump from social media for not liking what he said. Sink so low? As for tolerating protesters torching businesses and police stations and killing people, but convicting and jailing people without bail or charge for months because they did the same on Capitol Hill, minus the fire and the murder. Fall so low that he would impeach Trump not once but twice with questionable charges at best?

Why don’t you write an op-ed condemning social media for removing conservative rhetoric from their platforms instead of silly editorials like this.

Mark Nicholas Martelli, Dallas / Lake Highlands

Worldly realities

At a time when there are criticisms of the “nanny state” and “too much censorship”, I am troubled to read the negative influence of a few parents on the books made available to students in libraries. There are options for parents who don’t want their children exposed to the realities of the world they will inevitably enter as young adults.

Prevent Texas from becoming the next subject of the “Boston Forbidden” joke from years ago. If the kids want to read a book, they’ll find a way. And if they hear it’s forbidden, they’ll find it even more appealing.

Barbara Green Stone, Far North Dallas

First worrying step

Matt Krause has sent letters to an unknown number of school district superintendents demanding to know if their school libraries have over 800 book titles dealing with gender identity, sexual orientation and race, how many they have and what money was used to buy them.

It is nothing more than the first step that is usually taken by an authoritarian totalitarian government to launder and eliminate books that they don’t like because they contain uncomfortable topics or facts that deviate from the ordinary. party line.

Next up is a book burning party. The last time I can remember this sort of thing, the party in question wore a swastika and swore allegiance not to one party or to a constitution, but to one man.

French Gaylard, Waxahachie

Opportunity to deepen knowledge

As a retired school librarian (ISD Richardson and Frisco), I am dismayed by the Texas Republicans’ latest attempt to stifle what students can read. Are we now living in Nazi Texas? Or in the book Fahrenheit 451?

Teachers and librarians are professional educators, trained to make wise choices when choosing books for their classrooms and libraries. Not all books are suitable for all students, but giving students the opportunity to expand their knowledge base is suitable for all.

Krause should spend time with the teachers, the librarians, and maybe the students. Maybe he would learn something about the challenges they face on a daily basis.

Linda Vaughan, Richardson

Back to the dark ages

The Texas legislature takes us back to the dark ages of the burning of witches, communist bait and the burning of books.

The state of Texas has become the laughing stock of the world. Now State Representative Matt Krause has a 16-page list of books he wants to remove from public school libraries and classrooms. I remember when the school boards in the South took out copies of Huckleberry finn because of racial content.

It is a very dangerous trend which smells of McCarthyism. Where will it end? When should we put on swastika armbands and give the Nazi salute while we watch the books burn?

David S. Alkek, Dallas

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