Parker County residents recently discussed issues facing the country from the President Donald Trump impeachment inquiry to the China Trade War, healthcare, college debt and gun control.

Resident Deanna Castro said she does not believe Trump will be impeached.

“I think he deserves to be impeached, just like he deserves to go to jail,” Castro said. “I don’t think that’s probably the best way to spend the time because the Republicans aren’t going to impeach him, so it’s a near-impossible situation. It’s almost like it’s a waste of time to try to impeach him, but he certainly deserves it.”

Castro said Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi was not wrong to pursue the inquiry.

“If they’re following the law and if he’s doing corrupt things, that’s part of the Constitution, the law, to impeach someone that’s doing corrupt things,” Castro said.

But resident Julie Johnson Bryant said she believes Trump is doing what he does best, running the business of the U.S., referencing the China Trade War.

“I think Trump is doing what Trump does best, Trump to me is neither Republican or Democrat, he is a pragmatist and I’ve said it before. Trump has gone into the office presidency without a salary to run the business of the United States of America,” Johnson Bryant said. “He looked at the trade that we have in the EU, he looked at the trade we have with China and said it’s not a good deal. Has it affected us? It certainly has. Me being more interested in agriculture, I know for our pork farmers, for our wheat farmers, it’s really served them a blow because China is one of the biggest importers of American pork. But they’re OK with it right now because they know and hope at the end of the day there will be a better deal — pork prices will go up and they will get a better price out of China.”

One of the big issues for W.D. Kimzey is healthcare and currently, the insurance providers are more focused on making money rather than helping people, he said.

Johnson Bryant felt similarly about college debt in that the government cares more about bailing out banks than it does helping the youth pursue a higher education.

“I think our upper level educational system has become very warped in the way students are charged for tuition and housing. You can’t send a student to school in Texas anymore for less than $25,000 to $30,000 a year. It really bothers me that we’ve got young people going into the workplace in debt,” Johnson Bryant said. “It’s hard for me when our government will bail-out banks and businesses who are poor managers of money that they’ve already got, but can’t see the value of a college education in being competitive with the world. It’s a hard question to answer, but I don’t like it.”

As for gun control, Parker County as well as Palo Pinto County recently approved being second amendment sanctuary counties. Castro said she would like to see military-grade weapons off the streets.

“No one needs a weapon of war,” Castro said. “Your handguns? Fine, but those AR-15s, why does anyone need that unless they’re going to kill people.”

Marvin Glasgow said he thinks the penalties for mass shootings need to change.

“As far as gun control, I think that’s a farce because what’s the penalty if you get caught shooting a bunch of people? Life in the pen. Why should we pay to support somebody that’s that bad to go murder people? As far as I’m concerned we should do it how we do overseas, take them out and shoot them,” Glasgow said. “If they get caught shooting a whole bunch of people, give them the same treatment — line them up in front of a firing squad. If people know upfront that if they take out a gun and start shooting a lot of people, they’re going to be shot also, I think that would curb a lot of it.”

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