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Thank God, Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., has taken up the gauntlet on an issue that worries the majority of Americans. Not surprisingly, it is not the frequency of mass shootings, or that schoolchildren are being killed, or the fact that military-style weapons are ubiquitous in our society. No, it is that too many emotional support animals are being allowed on airline flights.

To Burr and his fellow congressmen: Surely there must be something more important to work on than this issue. Start with term limits so we can get some new blood, new thinking and public servants into Congress who actually have the welfare of Americans as their top priority.

Erbelding noted that on April 2, 1933, hundreds of residents of Dallas signed a petition to Secretary of State Cordell Hull, urging the Roosevelt administration to "voice our public protest to the unbearable conditions imposed by [the Nazi] government on its Jewish citizens." Erbelding should have mentioned how President Franklin Roosevelt and Hull responded to that petition: They ignored it.

Roosevelt held 82 press conferences in 1933. The subject of the persecution of the Jews arose only once, and not because Roosevelt raised it. A reporter asked if he had received any requests to speak out against the mistreatment of Jews in Germany. FDR replied: "I think a good many of these have come in. They were all sent over to the secretary of state." That was all.

It would be five years and another 348 presidential press conferences before Jewish refugees would be publicly mentioned again by the president. How sad that an articulate president, whose expertise at communicating was demonstrated in such innovations as the fireside chat, fell silent when it came to the suffering of the Jews.

Rebecca Erbelding’s claim that the Dallas petition of April 2, 1933 asking the U.S. government to protest Nazi persecution of the Jews was "an exception . . . at the time" is mistaken. The White House and State Department in the first months after the Nazis assumed power were deluged with similar petitions from many parts of the country.

As documented in my book The Third Reich in the Ivory Tower (2009), mass protest meetings against the persecution of German Jewry, like the one in Dallas, were held in many American cities during the spring of 1933. Moreover, on March 23, the Jewish War Veterans staged a street protest of several thousand people in New York condemning Nazi barbarity toward Jews and demanding that the British remove restrictions on Jewish immigration into Palestine.

Four days later, 1 million Jews engaged in coordinated mass protests against Nazi anti-Semitism in many American cities. On May 10, massive numbers of American Jews again took to the streets in another national protest against the persecution of German Jewry. Contrary to Erbelding’s contention, there was a "groundswell of national action," although the Roosevelt administration remained indifferent.

Mansfield ISD appears to be a hotbed of homophobia. Among the parents speaking about Stacy Bailey and equal protections for LGBT teachers are comments like Tanika Dean’s, threatening to take her daughter out of school if "certain people" get equal rights, and Robert Thomas, who likens it to having to be gay to be creative. Meanwhile, the Tarrant County Republican Party is emailing the board that LGBT equal protections are dangerous and stirring up the population to protest against equal protections.

There are leveler heads. One Mansfield retired teacher notes how no one complains when teachers discuss their opposite sex spouses, only when a married gay spouse is mentioned is it seen as "sexual." These "certain people," these legally married gay teachers, must have the same rights as their straight counterparts.