Re: Jan. 25 articles, “Harsh penalty unlikely for Texas judge who gave jury advice from God” and “Judge an advocate for Nassar victims.”
Why does Michigan have Judge Rosemarie Aquilina — and we’re stuck with Judge Jack Robison?
Aquilina allowed more than 150 girls and women to confront their convicted sex abuser in her courtroom, complimented them for their strength in coming forward publicly, and then sentenced him to 40 to 175 years in prison.
Robison, on the other hand, interrupted proceedings and instructed the jury in his court to allow a sex trafficker to go free. Why? Because, according to Robison, God told him to.
Luckily, the jury ignored Robison, found the defendant guilty, and sentenced her to 25 years in prison. Now, we’re told it’s unlikely that Robison will lose his job. I wonder what God will tell him next. Shame on the State Commission on Judicial Conduct if they don’t kick Robison off the bench.
JACK BISHOP, AUSTIN
Let me get this straight, the City Council doesn’t realize that taxpayers might be upset if they give away public parkland. That would be parkland — which belongs to the public.
Let’s keep Austin weird. Let’s really make it weird. Let’s have the City Council consider the people who live here. That would appear to be really “weird” for this council.
Why can’t the City Council realize that giving away par land that belongs to the city would be illegal without an election? Why can’t the City Council consider the desires of the people who elected them? Those are the same people who pay the tax dollars which support the city.
I am ashamed of this council for even considering giving away parkland.
ANNETTE NAISH, AUSTIN
Re: Jan. 25 commentary, “Texas cities should follow San Antonio’s lead on new tobacco law.”
I started smoking at 14 — and quit at 64. Then came the heart attack at 66 and cancer at 67. I’m 71 now and feeling fine.
If I knew then what I know now, I would have never taken the first puff. Teenagers feel indestructible and can make really bad decisions, so I’m for any law that limits their access to tobacco.
Tobacco is a national curse that dates to the beginning of this country. The good news is that slowly but surely smoking has become socially unacceptable.
DAVID REEDY, AUSTIN
Re: Jan. 18 article, “Appeal of judge’s ruling on Bastrop groundwater issue up in the air.”
The Lost Pines District recently “tabled” action on Judge Carson Campbell’s ruling favoring four landowners in Bastrop and Lee counties in a groundwater dispute. The district’s failure to move forward with a hearing in adherence to the judge’s order left uncertainty in the district’s position, creating an opportunity for End Op to file an appeal of the judge’s ruling in the Court of Appeals for the Third District of Texas.
The district should respect the judge’s ruling and expeditiously grant a hearing to landowners, thereby putting an end to the district’s enabling of End Op’s appeal.
Sitting on their hands makes the district complicit in the appeal that End Op has now filed.
Bastrop and Lee county landowners are encouraged to immediately contact the Lost Pines Groundwater Conservation District and strongly urge that the board take immediate action to put an end to the district’s enabling of End Op’s recent appeal.
STEVE BOX, BASTROP
I was shocked but not really surprised when I read that Sen. Ted Cruz denied to NBC’s Kasie Hunt that he was instrumental in orchestrating the 16-day shutdown of the government by his attempt to defund Obamacare.
The current White House occupant lies about something he said or did that’s part of the public record, then doubles down on the media by calling it “fake news” —and it works every time. It’s no wonder that Senator “In It For Me” Cruz has decided that it can work for him, too.
I hope Texans are watching this charade and are ready to throw this charlatan out of office in 2018.
MARK DENNIS, LAKEWAY
Why is Sen. Ted Cruz less proud of causing this government shutdown than the last one? Why is the GOP willing to watch our children and service families suffer during a government shutdown?
We watched Democrats try and approve pay for the military during a shutdown. Watched it. Live on C-Span.
We watched for months as Democrats tried to fund the Children’s Health Insurance Program. I don’t understand why the GOP are so willing to harm Americans and then try and blame someone else.
President Trump said back in 2013 that the president owns a shutdown. Cruz bragged about causing a shutdown. A few months ago, we watched the GOP brag about stripping health care from children — and yet now you act as if you care about them.
How can you tolerate your own hypocrisy?
MATT ARNEAULT, BEAUMONT
I love the president’s idea of trickle-down economics. Surely, everyone is getting a raise and even bonus money. The stock market is booming, so stocks are up — and the companies are making even more money so it can trickle down to you.
Oh, you did not get a raise? The money went to the boss and a few others? Surely you will get one real soon — but, just in case, maybe you better not count on it.
At least the teachers should finally get a raise because everyone’s property taxes went up. So, you are a teacher — and you did not get a raise? Surely the schools do not expect someone with all that student loan debt you have getting that degree to not receive a raise. Everyone knows a manager at McDonald’s makes more than teachers do — but managers must teach kids how to make the burgers.
JIM DENTON, GATESVILLE