UT probe suspicious
When the University of Texas regents were considering an independent investigation of the Law School Foundation/secret compensation scandal (which led to the ouster of the law school dean), defenders of UT-Austin President Bill Powers howled about the expense. Now a ragtag group of legislators propose to hire a lawyer, investigator, and “parliamentarian” to conduct an unfocused (and likely pointless) investigation of UT Regent Wallace Hall. What will this cost? Why is no one questioning the expense? When a few regents asked Powers polite questions and requested documents that journalists had already requested, overheated legislators accused them of engaging in a “witch hunt.” Now, a legislative committee is embarking on an unprecedented (and costly) investigation into why Hall is diligently doing his job? Sounds like a witch hunt to me. It also sounds like some important people very much want to keep hidden what Hall is trying to uncover. A real journalist would be covering that story.
Abortion debate telling
The most significant thing that happened last week in Austin wasn’t that a pro-life bill got passed; it was the crumbling of the “necessary evil” fig leaf that has shielded abortion from too much moral scrutiny. Hordes of unhinged, orange-clad banshees telegraphed to the nation a callous disregard for the unborn matched only by their casual attitude toward sex.
I’ve got to believe that the campaign to enact restrictions at 20 weeks of gestation is as much about probing to find out where abortion proponents would locate the line of decency as it is about instituting measures of humane reform. Well, now we know: there is no line. It’s about abortion at any time for any reason, and you’re expected to pay for it. I’m going to venture a prediction: the common people are losing their stomach for this.
Thanks, Rupert Ceder
Re: article on Rupert Ceder, July 14
Rupert exemplifies a genuine Texan filling nine decades of dedicated service to church, community, county, friends and family. I was raised in Pflugerville but met the Ceder family in the 1950’s attending Decker church bazaars and tasting the irresistible scrumptious Swedish sweets. As I got older, a favorite pastime was attending a Saturday Ceder estate auction someplace in Central Texas and leaving with more than I needed. Rupert is an exemplary role model and has carried on the family tradition of touching the lives of so many folks. Thanks Rupert for your faithful service, your volunteerism and your vision.
Perry hurting state
Now that Gov. Rick Perry has announced his pending departure from his fiefdom, he leaves Texas in the future hands of his mini me, Greg Abbott. Many good Texans are rejoicing. I am afraid I cannot join them. For the first 10 years of his reign, Perry engaged in a number of actions that benefited at least some Texans, who in turn rewarded him. Only when faced with the possibility of being deposed every four years would he turn to inflicting serious damage on the state to pacify the basest of his base. But recently, none of his stances have Texas in mind, and problems such as endless drought, failing transportation and crying school needs have been ignored. Everything is done with his eyes on the grand old prize: the Republican nomination for the presidency. And for that, he pursues the most reckless policies imaginable on immigration, women’s health, scientific understanding and education at all levels.
The death of Trayvon Martin was a tragic occurrence for both Martin and George Zimmerman. Trayvon lost his life and George Zimmerman will forever be stigmatized as a vigilante or racist. The confrontation between these two individuals could have been defused early on if either one had paused, stuck out his hand and introduced himself to the other. I haven’t heard anything in the major media outlets that has come close to pointing out this simple fact: Our culture has promoted confrontation rather than reconciliation, and having a chip on your shoulder guarantees that trouble will ensue. The politicization and distorted reporting by the media in general caused this case to be elevated into a national spectacle. Kudos to the judge for maintaining control of her courtroom and to the jury for their thorough deliberation in rendering their verdict.
Fourth of July error
Re: July 13 article, Mosque barred from parade.”
I read with dismay the article about the Round Rock Sertoma Club denying Bait-ul-Muqeet Mosque’s application to participate in our city’s annual Fourth of July parade. Will Williams stated: “It was all about Muslims. It isn’t what the July 4 parade is all about.” As far as I could tell, the mosque’s message was in support of America and was a peaceful message. I thought that the Fourth of July was about freedom — I guess that only applies if you believe the “right way.” I apologize on behalf of my city, Round Rock, to the peaceful Muslims who wanted to participate in our country’s celebration of freedom.
Kara Lee Ruckriegel