GOP commited fraud
Late Tuesday and early Wednesday was a senatorial display that the GOP should be ashamed of. First, they changed the rules of debate to cut off the filibuster, but that wasn’t the worst of it. The official Senate time clock showed the bill was voted on past the midnight deadline. Shortly afterward, some as-yet-unknown person had the record changed to show the vote happened before midnight. That is an outright fraud committed against the citizens of Texas. The GOP complains about so-called voter fraud, which is almost nonexistent and yet they try and commit this kind of fraud on the people of Texas. The parties responsible should resign if an elected official and should be prosecuted for tampering with an official government record, which is a crime under the Texas penal code.
Speaking to reporters afterward, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst said he was furious about the night’s events. “An unruly mob, using Occupy Wall Street tactics, disrupted the Senate from protecting unborn babies,” he said. Funny, the proponents of this bill had been selling it all along as being about “safeguarding women’s health”, not stopping abortion. Their own words reveal their hypocrisy and true intent, which real advocates for Texas women were smart enough to see through. Bravo to State Sen. Wendy Davis and the brave protesters who prevented this charade from being passed!
Davis, backers are heroes
State Sen. Wendy Davis, and all who shouted down the abortion bills on Tuesday night are my heroes!
Davis deserves applause
I find the time wasted on Senate Bill 5 not only an infuriating waste of taxpayers’ money, but befuddling as to why a bunch of gray-haired men are so preoccupied with women’s reproductive issues. Gentlemen, quit wasting our money and get to work. Kudos to state Sen. Wendy Davis for taking on the good-ol’-boys club.
Officials ignore drought
Re: June 25 article, “‘Rape kits’ are about documents, not surgery.”
State Rep. Jodie Laubenberg’s desperate testimony “rape kits clean a women out”, that is create an abortion, must place serious doubt in the factual integrity of Senate Bill 5. This phony leadership is akin to the lack of leadership on the drought we are facing. Is there no elected official wondering publicly if we are still allowing golf courses, malls, commercial and industrial uses, even inept household practices, to waste our precious water. Where is “the call,” by our governor, mayors and county judges, to all our media to say: Let’s make and keep this a daily front-page, top story and challenge us to produce lower water use each month before our situation is even more desperate.
Editor’s Note: Senate Bill 5 died on Tuesday. The abortion restrictions contained in the legislation will be reconsidered when the Legislature convenes in another special session on July 1.
Gridlock dooms farm bill
The House defeated the farm bill over food-stamp cuts. The conservative Republicans who wanted the farm bill to include more cuts to food stamps and liberal Democrats who wanted fewer voted against the bill. If you ate today, thank a farmer. If you are in Congress, remember that Americans elected you and we will not vote for more un-American gridlock. If you read this remember it when you vote!
Reaching out can help
Re: June 26 commentary, “We must end stigma of mental illness now.”
I applaud the recent article by Greg Harman, who has battled depression and mental illness issues. In my own experience I will summon the memory of one of the most violent and graphic depictions in movie history — the “Alien” monster exploding from the chest of actor John Hurt. His character was lucky. For those of us who have suffered a lifetime with depression, the monster never tries to escape. It just sits there — inside of you — and there are no surgical instruments or spiritual incantations that will vanquish it — ever. The best one can hope for is that one learns to keep it as quiet and still as possible. But it is sly. Two in 10 Americans suffer. Reach out to them with compassion.
Back water amendment
Re: June 25 article, “Lake levels expected to continue declining.”
It’s disheartening to see the water levels drop in Lake Travis and Lake Buchanan. These lakes are Central Texas’ main water supply and hallmarks of Austin’s summer culture as recreational locations. The continuing decrease in water levels is not only due to the drought, but also due to water waste by rice farmers, power plants and cities.
The good news is the Legislature approved $2 billion in funding to help our state meet its water needs, with a set aside of as much as 30 percent for conservation programs. The funding is contingent on voter approval of a constitutional amendment this fall. Citizens should vote for the amendment so we can ensure enough state investment in water conservation that will deter future water supply shortages. We all must make conservation efforts so that we can save our lakes and rivers and meet Texas’ water needs.