Letters to the Editor

Posted Tuesday, Oct. 08, 2013  comments  Print Reprints

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Dear Editor,

In response to Penny McCool’s letter to the editor (Wed., Sept. 18) instead of urging the government to require miserly employers to pay a “living wage” to their employees, why not suggest that people who want to earn more acquire a “living wage skill” that commands more money in the marketplace?

I worked for the Texas Workforce Commission more than 30 years and I have seen both sides of this issue. I have seen employers who were mean and hateful, who cheated employees out of their hard-earned wages, who used people up and threw them away as if they weren’t fellow human beings. I have also seen employees who were lazy and unproductive, who did not improve their minds, further their educations or hone their skills, yet they wanted the government to step in like a Fairy Godmother and ensure that they received more money. Which side is worse? It’s a toss up.

Edith Hoad,


Dear Editor,

It’s fall, football and POLITICAL season!

There’s been a lot of focus on the Sen. Ted Cruz filibuster, how to block Obamacare, who’s the real Republican and the government shutdown. Maybe the discussion should be about how to govern in a way that blocks all bad legislation shoulder-to-shoulder with elected officials from all over the country, and maybe you can change the dialogue. Whether you are a fan of Cruz’ filibuster or Sen. John Cornyn’s vote to cause the Democrats to go on the record with a vote against the country’s interests, please stay focused on the fact that both of our United States Senators and Congresswoman Kay Granger are fighting to defund Obamacare and get our country back on track.

In November 2012, we had an opportunity to take back the Senate and the White House. What we did was something different. Some of us forgot that we NEVER agree with President Obama, and the Republican nominees were the only alternative to another four years of disastrous Obama policy and at least two more years of a Democratic controlled Senate. If we had united behind our Republican nominees and fought hard for the Senate, we could have repealed Obamacare. We could be changing the face of the world with a National Security Policy from the White House that supports our allies and protects the best interests of the United States of America at home and around the world. Our president would be more concerned about the lives of our men and women in uniform than political correctness.

We had an opportunity, and many of us stayed home. Now when I say “we,” please know that I’m not talking about the grassroots activists that went to other counties and states campaigning for conservatives. I’m talking about the people that generally vote Republican who were so tired of the infighting and name calling that they just didn’t bother to vote. It’s impossible for me to imagine what would keep me away from the voting booth, but for many, it was the lack of a positive message with clear solutions to the problems that they face every day in their homes and businesses.

Our job is to tell our story and what a story it is. The Republican Party is the party of policies that promote strong families, businesses, national defense and personal accountability. We believe a smaller government that leaves our dollars in our pockets is better for our country. We believe that all life is precious. We believe that laws matter and they apply to all of us equally.

So as you wonder what you can do to make a difference, just stay positive and tell our story. It’s not about our opposition, it’s about us. Join with grassroots activists at Republican Party and Republican Women’s meetings. The calendar at parkertxgop.org has local events. Join me in telling the Republican story and let’s win in 2014!

Zan Prince,

Parker County

Republican Chair,


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