Cruz hecklers were within their rights
In a town hall meeting in Dallas last week, Sen. Ted Cruz found himself heckled by a large contingent of Texans opposed to the repeal or defunding of a law intended to improve the nation’s health care system. In quelling the hecklers, Cruz asserted that one of the most important things about the First Amendment is the protection of free speech. As a Harvard Law graduate, he should know that is not what the First Amendment says.
The Bill of Rights places limits on the power of government — not of private citizens. The First Amendment prohibits the government, specifically, “from abridging the freedom of speech.” The hecklers may have been rude, but they were simply exercising their free speech rights.
Canada won't miss Cruz
Re: Aug. 20 article, “Cruz to renounce Canadian citizenship.”
On behalf of all Canadians, I can only say: Thank God and good riddance. At least now he will only be embarrassing one country. It’s unfortunate, however, that he didn’t spend more years in Canada. Perhaps, then he would have learned to appreciate the value of a good health care system.
Debates? I'll take silence
I’d like to thank the GOP for offering to boycott the debates. Now, if we can get the Democrats to follow suit, we may be on to something.
Voter ID law reasonable
The U.S. attorney general and various liberal groups, including many unions, claim that requiring voters to have a photo ID to vote is discriminatory to minorities and the handicapped. Anyone who believes this has to be a complete nincompoop. If any American citizen is capable of getting his vote counted on election day, surely he/she is capable of getting a photo ID on three month notification using the same means as he/she would on election day, whatever age or disabilities one might have.
Cut back on mail carriers
Re: Aug. 16 commentary, “Here’s a special delivery: Let’s fix the Postal Service.”
Gail Collins’ column about changes to the USPS to reduce its losses presents some interesting ideas. But there is one simple fix that would immediately make the post office profitable: change deliveries to Monday-Wednesday-Friday and Tuesday-Thursday-Saturday. Then, offer an option for anyone to pay extra to get everyday delivery at an appropriate cost. Since labor costs represent somewhere north of 80 percent of total USPS expenses, potentially cutting the number of letter carriers in half would likely eliminate the post office’s deficit. Of course, I imagine the letter carriers union would vigorously oppose this solution.
Vocational ed would help
To believe that, since minority male students are the most penalized for disciplinary problems in public schools and are the least likely to graduate or have success in higher education, we can improve their educational outcomes by easing the discipline, is yet another example of the wishful thinking of the educational establishment. Such foolish thinking confuses cause and effect. Overweight people eat more donuts than slender ones, but outlawing donuts will have no effect on the waistlines of the public.
The problem is that, for whatever reason, many students are uninterested in learning what is taught in school. They pay less attention, do more poorly, are more disruptive, and thus more often disciplined. Is it any surprise they graduate at a lower rate? The answer is not no discipline, but vocational education that prepares some students for work, not merely higher education.