Davis filibuster squandered taxpayers' money
Wendy Davis knew, without a doubt, that the bill she was filibustering was going to pass. Her actions cost the taxpayers of Texas about a million dollars because another session had to be called to vote on the bill she obstructed. Any politician, regardless of party affiliation, who intentionally obstructs the workings of government should be run out of office. This was strictly a personal agenda on her part to gain more political ground. She should be ashamed of her actions. This was not the work of a honest representative of the people, it simply showed how selfish and how far today’s politicians will go. Here is a person who will squander the taxpayers’ money and then be called a great candidate for public office. My vote is a no vote for politicians that act in this manner.
Abbott wrong candidate
One man, who would be governor, is theoretically against “frivolous” lawsuits. He does know about frivolous. As Texas attorney general, he’s filed dozens of lawsuits against the United States and won not one. Perhaps, by frivolous, he means high-dollar lawsuits for serious personal injury, yet he understands personal injury firsthand, and a suit filed before “lawsuit reform” has already gathered him over $5 million. Perhaps we should elect Wendy Davis as governor. It’s rather clear that attorney general Greg Abbott is not up to the job.
Cellphone use reckless
Re: Aug. 3 commentary, “Texting while driving a fatal distraction, particularly for teens.”
I applaud Mayor Lee Leffingwell’s comments highlighting the ill effects of texting while driving. However, the larger message, buried in the subtext of the mayor’s commentary, needs to be emphasized. All cellphone usage, whether by adults or teenagers, is dangerous and unnecessary, and it can wait. Numerous studies have identified cellphone use as a serious distraction for drivers. Many states ban cellphone use while driving. I have come to expect that upon witnessing erratic driving, I will see the offender talking on a cellphone. Kudos to the mayor, but it would be unfortunate if focusing on the dangers of texting while driving distracts from the overarching issue of all cellphone use.
Bicyclist at disadvantage
Re: Aug. 5 article, “Serious about sharing the road.”
The article quotes: “It’s really important that we educate people.” Let’s start with the bicyclists. Regardless of the law, it is dangerous to ride with your back to the traffic. You can’t see and often can’t hear what’s behind you, especially listening to music. Do you want the motorist to determine the required three feet between you and maybe your life, or do you want to determine this yourself? Who do you trust the most? A car outweighs you about 150 to 1. There are more cars than you. People in all kinds of dispositions are behind the wheel of these cars. Figure the odds are against you. I bicycled long ago and now walk. A friend of mine walking got hit from behind, carried 30 yards, and was unrecognizable. I still walk, but I like to see what’s coming. I can move pretty quickly. What’s your option?
Re: Aug. 5 letter to the editor, “Meeting water needs.”
I believe that we can all agree that we are in a drought situation on the macro level, but the simple fact remains that there are still vast amounts of water in the Highland Lakes. Although the flood control reservoirs including lakes Buchanan and Travis are lower than what we are accustomed to seeing, the other constant level lakes contained within the Highland Lakes chain are unaffected and full of water at their appointed levels. More businesses, more residents, and more housing adds vibrancy and diversity to our Central Texas community as a whole. Let’s keep growing!