No gimmicks on anthem
Re: July 5 commentary, “Singers, stop showboating on ‘Star-Spangled Banner’.”
I agree with the piece about showboating the ‘Star-Spangled Banner’ by pop music arrangers for their divas who yodel the lyrics. Our national anthem is not another Tin Pan Alley tune. It should be presented in only its original arrangement; no gimmicks! That goes for our other national hymns likes ‘America the Beautiful’.
Immigration law's flaw
Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo’s belief that his officers should not enforce federal immigration laws points out the fatal flaw in today’s comprehensive immigration reform proposal. Without the political will to arrest and deport those who enter the country illegally and to deny them the jobs they seek, no border security measures will be sufficient to stem the flow across the southern border.
Abortion ballot issue
Why all the fuss about the abortion issue? Simple fix, put it on the ballot. Make sure it is on a major election,such as 2014, or 2016, so voter turnout will be large. Let the people decide! Then, no matter what side you are on, it was voted on by the people instead of politicians.
James J. Glennan
Why 'celebrate' abortion?
As a female who fought for women’s rights in the ’70s, I’m appalled by the front-page story “celebrating” abortion. That a political party is “energized” by this is pathetically sad. While many of us who oppose abortion still feel that women should have the right to choose, heralding the win, to have late-term abortions in particular, is inhumane. State Rep. Wendy Davis, get a soul.
If it is so important that a child is reared with a bi-gender couple as parents then shouldn’t we make divorce illegal for parents? If human life is so sacred how can we justify capital punishment, or the free for all of lethal weapons? Just asking.
Our legislature has been hard at work making people mad with out getting any thing done and I am talking about abortion. So, may I suggest another area for the legislature to investigate. I am suggesting some laws that would require a man who inseminated a woman to provide for the child and also help the woman. Will bet that the biggest part of the abortion problem will disappear promptly.
As a Texas woman who votes in each and every election I will vote to keep women and born and unborn children safe with each vote I cast. I want democracy to work. I want my democratically elected official to be able to cast his or her vote and to not be bullied and silenced by unruly mobs of citizens upset because they do not understand or like rules of representation.
Marcia A Miller
Stand against obesity
Recently, a farm bill that would have provided large agribusinesses with billions of tax dollars rejected. As a health-minded individual on a budget, I see this as a small, but vital, victory in the war on obesity and disease. However, more can be done. At a time when our country is facing a multitude of issues, the House should be working to provide smaller, healthier farms with subsidies. Prioritizing our budget in a way that benefits the health of all Americans is the first step to resolving so many of the nation’s problems. I celebrate Rep. Lloyd Doggett’s stance against the proposed farm bill and I urge him as well as his political counterparts to work toward the reconstruction of a better and healthier plan.
Freedom of religion
Re: June 29 article, “Judge: Hobby Lobby won’t have to pay fines.”
Hobby Lobby wants to avoid providing contraceptives to employees, citing “freedom of religion.” In fact, freedom of religion in America means that one person or institution cannot force their religious views on another person. Unless it is a church, or directly church-related, the employees have freedom of religion also, and the employees’ freedom should trump the owners freedom, unless there is a clear negative business impact. The owner is not being harmed here. The owner is perfectly free to not use contraceptives. But if they hire an atheist, a Buddhist, Muslim or even a Christian who believes that contraceptives are allowed under their religion, the owner should not be able to step in and force their religious views onto those workers.
Will abortion foes pay?
The key point which seems to get lost is that a woman’s right to chose is at stake. With the support of clinics like Planned Parenthood, a woman needs to be able to make a choice. Have you ever noticed that those who are against abortion or a woman’s choice offer no alternative. Have you ever heard them offer to pay the woman’s medical expense, pay the child’s care until they graduate, offer to adopt the fetus, especially one that is damaged. Until those opposed to abortion can offer an alternative, please do not ram your belief down someone else’s throat.
Stephen Mark Bernstein
Jobs situation lousy
The mainstream media’s upbeat reaction to the Nonfarm Payrolls (NFP) Report was ludicrous but predictable. Under normal economic conditions, adding 195,000 jobs in a month would be considered mediocre. But with the lowered expectations of the New Normal, it’s a beat. Not so fast. Full-time jobs actually fell by 240,000. But part-time job additions hit an all-time high of 360,000! For all of 2013, part-time job additions have been a whopping 557,000, compared with a miserable 130,000 full-time jobs. President Barack Obama will undoubtedly call this “steady progress.” In fact, it’s an absolute disaster and it’s caused primarily by ObamaCare. Expect the carnage to continue.
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