Cooperation, not obstructionism, needed
At Attorney General Greg Abbott’s July 14 announcement of his intended run for governor, he stated that he will never, never stop fighting for Texas, and that when it comes to our freedom and our future he will never, never stop fighting. I don’t think our freedom has been threatened, and it is questionable whether or not “fighting” is necessary, yet, to date, he has sued, at taxpayers’ expense, the Obama administration 27 times.
Texas needs a governor who will work peacefully to solve problems on the state level and who will, with loyalty, work cooperatively with the federal government to solve problems at the federal level.
'Stand your ground' laws
The “stand your ground” laws give a victim of an attack the right to defend him/herself without having to retreat first. This law protects an attacked victim. It doesn’t necessarily have to apply to guns; it can apply to mace, sticks, hammers, bats, fists, etc. I am of retirement age with bad knees. If I am attacked, I can’t run away. Without the “stand your ground” law, I would just be beaten to a pulp by a perpetrator and not able to defend myself.
Statistics of increased homicides in no way measure of the effects of the “stand your ground” law. What they indicate is the increase in violence that ends in a homicide. The statistics used in the story to argue against “stand your ground” laws are irrelevant — ambiguous at best. Why would you want to do away with a law that protects innocent citizens over attackers?
Where was all this outrage after the O.J. Simpson murder trial? Where was the outrage over the “smoke and mirrors” defense that got Simpson acquitted, but left questions about his guilt? The last question might be when did mob action and vandalism replace the rule of law in the U.S.?
It takes two
Re: July 22 letters to the editor, “Evils of abortion” and “Just like Aztecs.”
The letters are so typical of narrow-minded, self-righteous men. I am so tired of men blaming women for unwanted pregnancies. In case you men have forgotten, it takes sperm to fertilize the egg. Men need to start taking responsibility for their part in having unprotected sex!
Car dealership a blight
Re: July 17 article, “Neighbors nervous about car dealer’s plan.”
Sadly, the Covert family has chosen to dishonor their Texas heritage and to desecrate the Hill Country with an unwanted, unneeded car dealership in Bee Cave. This lovely stretch of highway is home to scenic vistas and millions of wildflowers. Bit by bit, Lady Bird Johnson’s legacy is eroding as another piece of the Hill Country is replaced by urban blight and bright night light. It would behoove the Coverts to learn some important lessons from their more civic and historically-minded relatives — the Johnson family. It makes you wonder: What would Lady Bird do?
Reason for the wall
Re: July 23 commentary, “Mexican border wall will hurt relations with Latin America.”
First, there are no similarities between the intent and use of the Berlin Wall and the wall on our southern border other than both being physical barriers. Hasn’t author Kyle Longley ever heard the old saying that good fences make good neighbors? The U.S. wall doesn’t mean that Latin Americans are not wanted. Instead, it means that people should come to our country legally. Our government owes our citizens safety and protection. We don’t owe citizens of other countries a “right” to come to our country illegally.