Texas does most things right, but car titling, registration, inspections and issuing drivers’ licenses is certainly not one of them.
When I lived in New Jersey, you could walk in with your previous state’s documents and walk out with your car inspected for free, your new license, registration and car title. One-stop shop.
The fact that we must go three separate places — inspection station, tax assessor’s office and motor vehicles department — which are not co-located, is ludicrous. Even then, your documents are mailed to you from separate agencies weeks later.
This expense could be avoided should the state ever decide its residents deserve a streamlined system, which would save us time and the state a lot of money. There’s really no reason not to do this. I’m sure Austin legislators could make a trip to New Jersey to see how to do it right.
JAN JENSEN, AUSTIN
Re: May 14 article, “Science museum does deep evolution dive.”
When I visit a museum that has clarity about which ideas are fact and which are belief, I am a rapt learner, and I stay engaged. So, it is with shock that I read that many people still do not “believe in” the evidence of evolution, and that only about 40 percent of science teachers covered it in high school biology in 2010.
It is hard to understand why people persist in comparing science and myth as if they are within the same -ology; as if belief is involved, rather than a straightforward series of evidence. Our power of deduction of what is happening from point A to point B is not infused with flights of fancy and the influence of sprites; science demands proof.
Cheers to the Perot Museum for putting the proof — so far — out there for visitors to see and to take home and think about.
MARILYN FOWLER, AUSTIN
Re: May 14 blog, “In Salman v. Stickland, a celebration of diversity in Euless is tested.”
I live in the Hurst-Euless-Bedford community in state Rep. Jonathan Stickland’s district — and I was alarmed at the antics in Jonathan Tilove’s post “In Salman v. Stickland, a celebration of diversity in Euless is tested.”
As a former Euless resident now living in Hurst, I was completely unaware of the strategy that Stickland and the Northeast Tarrant tea party was doing for the past few years in recruiting “tea party” sympathizers in city council elections.
Using fear-based tactics about religion is despicable — and I am glad the people of Euless spoke up against it. The Democratic Party is just doing what he did first. Stickland has the million-dollar backing of Empower Texans — and local city councils should not be held hostage in important areas, like planning and zoning, to dollars that come from outside the city. Let’s hope this is not a foreshadowing to other Texas election campaigns.
HEATHER BUEN, HURST
Re: May 13 commentary, “VP Mike Pence models governing by groveling.”
George Will spoke the truth in calling President Trump “pathetic,” and “a floundering, inarticulate jumble of gnawing insecurities and not-at-all compensating vanities.” He named Vice President Mike Pence’s “talent for toadyism,” noting how Pence constantly feeds Trump’s need for excessive praise and loyalty to himself alone, not to our country.
Will references the Washington Post once reporting that Pence praised Trump “every 12 seconds for three minutes” in a Cabinet meeting. He disdains hypocritical evangelicals, who have Pence as “a favorite ‘pin-up’ … who genuflects at various altars, as the mobocratic spirit requires.”
I say Trump is a danger to our democracy — and agree Pence is “horrifying,” and the silent Republican Congress “lacking moral agency.” Sadly, that includes Texas Sens. John Cornyn and Ted Cruz, and Rep. Lamar Smith.
MARY LEY, AUSTIN
Who is sharper on the issues came up about the debate? Many voters don’t know or care about the issues.
In fact, there is a group today that believes some people should not be allowed to vote because they don’t care about the issues; they vote for whatever name on the ballot they like.
Issues may be popular for discussions, but the major concern for Andrew White and Lupe Valdez is to not say things that makes voters dislike them.
BARBARA BOYNE, LAGO VISTA
When speaking to the National Rifle Association last week, Sen. John Cornyn touted the fact that concealed carry permits were on the rise for women, proudly proclaiming that his wife got hers. He urged listeners to trust him and his sponsorship of Concealed Carry Reciprocity, which would allow gun owners to carry hidden handguns across state lines.
Cornyn failed to mention that such reciprocity puts women especially at risk, making the entire country honor the laxest state laws. In states like Arkansas and Georgia, abusive boyfriends can carry hidden guns. With reciprocity, they could do so in Texas, too. And while Sandy Cornyn did hours of training to receive a permit in Texas, permits aren’t required in 12 other states.
Why would Cornyn, a proclaimed champion of states’ rights, voluntarily forgo Texas laws? The answer is politics as usual. Trust him? Not with our lives.
LAURIE FILIPELLI, AUSTIN