Letterse to the editor: Jan. 25, 2018

Re: Jan. 22 commentary, “Two views: Why Supreme Court should rule against bag ban.

James Quintero wrote Monday about why the Supreme Court should rule against the plastic bag ban. Quintero leads the Think Local Liberty project for the Texas Public Policy Foundation.

The focus of his editorial is why local laws about plastic bag bans should not be allowed. Ironic (or just plain hypocritical?) that he is writing about ways to increase state control over local municipalities. Think Local Liberty indeed!


I understand the rationale behind the plastic bag ban. It appears that the only target for the bag ban is the checkout counter of grocery stores. No plastic bags are allowed to bag groceries. However, plastic bags for produce? OK. Plastic bags in use in other businesses? OK.

Two suggestions. First, find a way to recycle plastic bags. Roll the plastic into big balls so they don’t gum up the machinery. Also, let’s start recycling Styrofoam at the curb rather than having to take it to a recycling location. How many of us would do that? Styrofoam is a major packaging product and most of it will end up in the landfill.


Re: Jan. 20 article, “Delta tightening rules for support animals in flight.”

I know people who have had their dogs certified as service dogs. They aren’t, in fact, service dogs. They do this to create less friction when they go out to eat or travel. Service dogs get special treatment/access in most venues. Someone who will lie about this will lie about other things, and that is not lost on me.

In my view, this is the same thing as parking in a handicapped parking spot because it’s closer to the door and more convenient.

It’s wrong, it’s unethical, and people who do this need to examine their behavior and the model it sets for their children.


Has there ever been an American president so possessed to continually degrade, demolish, diminish and desecrate his predecessor and his predecessor’s very presidential, dignified, thoughtful contributions and navigation to and for our nation and the world? I assume it’s a combination of two things:

Former President Barack Obama is everything Donald Trump is not and cannot be. Very few days go by without an atrocious Trump lie closely stationed before or after he mentions and tweets the name “Obama.” This has been blooming in frequency over several years, from the bud (Obama birthplace) to the now out-of-control jealousy.

Trump has announced that he is “the least racist person that you have ever met.” Obama had the right to bellow a big belly laugh when he heard this Trump whopper. Instead, I’ll bet he most likely just grinned — politely.


Change our immigration policy to a point system, totally merit-based. Eliminate the diversity lottery altogether. Fund border security, some of which might be a physical wall, with the bulk going toward smart security measures.

Give a path to citizenship for all those brought here as children who are working or being educated, and show Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipients that the American dream is alive and well for those who strive to embrace it. Show them that we are better than the worst of our impulses. Show them that the American heart still beats pure: kind and willing to open the door to those who show themselves to be strivers.

Offer that deal. The Democrats will accept it. Do not let the president out of the room until he makes good on his promise to take care of this.


I fully understand the anti-abortion sentiments of the pro-life group. I would contend that nobody is “pro-abortion.” Even President Trump acknowledged during the campaign that Planned Parenthood does wonderful things for economically disadvantaged women — cancer screenings, contraception, general health care, etc. Very few of their services are abortion-related, none with federal funds.

Yet a spurious video taken by an extreme right-wing group is being used to justify defunding Planned Parenthood. No other organization comes close to being able to provide the services that Planned Parenthood offers. Why fight an organization that is doing so much good to help poor women in our state?

Ironically, the same people who are against abortion also vehemently oppose contraception and sex education. Such hypocrisy! I will agree that life begins at conception if we can all agree that life does not end at birth. All children deserve and need quality care and protection.


So they’re looking to cap new increases to property taxes to 2.5 percent. Yeah. Hardly.

Texas boasts no income tax. However, we do have killer property tax. Is no one aware that those prohibitive property tax bills are putting people out of their homesteads? Some houses that have been home to generations of families have been lost to taxes.

I built my home in the country 18 years ago. Mortgage-free. In those 18 years the sum I had in a savings account for a comfortable slush fund has been depleted by keeping up with the yearly bomb.

If the state would just dip into that sacred rainy day fund, it would save a lot of fear, pain and anguish by the folks losing their shelter. Could it be time for a state income tax? Let’s vote on it.


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