Opinion | Ted Cruz Fled One Storm, but Flew Into Another

To the Editor:

Re “Bolting to Cancún, Cruz Finds More Heat Than He Expected” (front page, Feb. 19):

In a time of despair and suffering in Texas because of extreme winter weather, the population is enduring power outages, a lack of basic necessities, and fragile infrastructure. With such arduous times, it is only natural to look to the leaders the people elected for comfort and relief.

Senator Ted Cruz provided 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 illuminates how out of touch with reality Mr. Cruz is. The lack of concern for his constituents and his state clearly highlights his self-centered mind-set.

As more people begin to see the true nature of some politicians, we the people are left with a question: Do we believe that it is right for a public servant to leave his constituents behind to travel to another country for refuge? This answer will serve as a precedent for the future of this country.

Jaisnav Rajesh
Naperville, Ill.

To the Editor:

Congratulations to Ted Cruz for setting such a great example in good citizenship and compassion for his young daughters by heading to the beach in Cancún, while their fellow Texans froze in the dark. What a man. What a dad.

Mary Janicke

To the Editor:

Ted Cruz’s indecent escape to Cancún from a stricken Texas (allegedly made in the interest of being “a good dad”) caused me to think 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 set to appear on a local television high school quiz show. After three days without heat or electricity, I thought I’d have to go on the show with dirty hair, and a wrinkled dress. If we could even make it to the studio.

Such thoughts conjured deep tragedy to my 15-year-old self.

My father said that if the roads weren’t cleared and if the authorities still advised against unnecessary travel, no one was going anywhere. But if it was deemed safe to go, he would spend what it took to get us to a hotel with a hair salon so I could look presentable.

But the roads were plowed, the power came back, and I looked all right on television.

I’ve 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. That’s something that good dads do.

Mary Stanik
Tucson, Ariz.

To the Editor:

How are the companies that relocated from the West Coast to Texas feeling now that they have learned of the hidden costs of being in their new home state: a state that does not have a reliable electrical grid, a prerequisite for today’s technology-based businesses?

No doubt these companies were attracted to the “business friendly” climate, a k a relatively lax regulatory climate, and other cost-saving incentives afforded companies willing to relocate.

Luanna C. Carpenter
Charleston, S.C.

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