Maybe two sides of the same coin

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I waited with bated breath to see how you would compare state Sen. Wendy Davis and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz. I was not disappointed.

You love Wendy, who filibustered for death, and dislike Ted, who tried to explain the unexplainable. And without criticizing or calling names.

Although the suggestions in your Thursday editorial (“Who wants ‘Green Eggs and Ham’?”) have merit, did you give advice to Davis? She prefers death to life for unborn children. It has been a lovefest for Wendy since her filibuster delaying the Legislature’s vote restricting abortion (another word for death).

— Carolyn Letzkus, Granbury

Watching media coverage of Ted Cruz railing against Obamacare made me realize that, as odd as it sounds, he and Wendy Davis are two sides of the same coin. Both, ostensibly in the name of principle, protested legislation that was fait accompli by filibuster and quasi-filibuster.

Of course, these attention-grabbing actions made them the darlings of the far left and the far right. Neither accomplished anything of substance other than to succeed in enormous self-aggrandizement.

Is it any wonder that government is such a mess when such personalities dominate the political news? Where are the moderates who pass real legislation that benefits the people? Are we doomed to a future of obstinate self-serving demigods as our elected officials?

Like Diogenes, we are searching for not only an honest person but also a reasonable one!

— Robert Kai, Keller

Ted Cruz reminds me of a 3-year-old crying and screaming his lungs out to get attention.

— Mario Moreno, Arlington

Congratulations to firebrand senator and Tea Party darling Ted Cruz. He may have broken the record for alienating every conservative member of the U.S. Senate in the shortest period of time.

A good way for a freshman senator to know he’s gone too far is when Sen. John McCain and Karl Rove tell him to sit down and shut up.

Cruz was swept into office on a wave of local ultraconservatism and immediately assumed that he was the new leader of the Republican Party. Bursting with hubris, he began demanding strict obedience to his every whim. It must have come as a surprise when no one kowtowed to his commands.

Cruz is an intelligent, well-educated man, and I’m sure he will soon learn to play nice with the other kids. If not, he will quickly assume a permanent, powerless place on the lunatic fringe.

— Don Martin, Arlington

It seems that the Star-Telegram would have thought more of Ted Cruz if he had been wearing pink running shoes during his speech.

When Wendy Davis did practically the same thing before the Texas Senate, this paper nearly ran out of ink running stories about her, her tenacity and her shoes.

I wish this paper had actually paid attention to Cruz. He spoke of Congress being out of touch with the people, of Congress passing exemptions from Obamacare for itself that do not apply to the electorate. He spoke of the two greatest concerns of the average American: jobs and the economy.

I’m proud of him for speaking the truth. Get used to it.

— James E. Cook, Trophy Club

Was Ted Cruz speaking for the 1.2 million Texas children without health insurance (the highest rate in the nation) or the 30 million Americans without healthcare? I think not.

He and his fellow Republicans had not (until the last few days) proposed an alternative to Romneycare, which they disparagingly call Obamacare.

It is painfully apparent that Cruz is using Texas and Texans as a stepping stone for his national ambitions.

Sadly, for those who voted for him, the joke is on you. Even more sadly, the embarrassment is on all of us Texans.

— Franya Wilhelm, Arlington

The Star-Telegram railed against Sen. Cruz, a Republican, for wasting time with a futile speech. Earlier, state Sen. Davis, a Democrat, gave a futile speech, but no editorial appeared. Instead, the paper subtly promoted her run for governor.

Can’t the editorial board at least pretend to be consistent?

— Ken Garlington, Fort Worth

The entertainment value of Sen. Cruz’s soliloquy was equal to the price of the popcorn.

A political demagogue loves the camera as much at it loves him. For an encore, can we expect a speech in Wheeling, W.V., and him waving a list of known food-stamp-using Islamic sympathizers?

— Jeff Horton, Grand Prairie

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