“Government service” may have existed 50 years ago, but now it’s just a myth.
“Public servants” are now paid more than their counterparts in the private sector, enjoy better benefits and plush retirement. Long gone are the days of sacrifice to serve in anything other than our military.
Police, firefighters and other “civil service” employees have declared war on the private sector by demanding higher wages, insurance and much earlier retirement. Their unions care only about how much they can extract from members to elect politicians who ensure their next raise. And when that doesn’t work, legal action is next.
Look no further than the recent lawsuit filed by Fort Worth firefighters union. The police association filed its own lawsuit in 2012. Their sole purpose is to extort as much as possible from taxpayers while fleeing the very tax structure they created.
These city, county, state and government employees have made it clear that they serve no one other than themselves while driving the nation into bankruptcy. They need to look no further than their own mirror to see who they “protect and serve.”
— David Johnson, Weatherford
What Americans need to realize is America’s strengths come from her framework our founders provided resulting in the strongest economy in the world by competition, free markets, capitalism and a smaller government.
It is discouraging to see how in the last 50 years Americans have allowed the erosion of their freedoms to give way to their growing dependence on government. Democratic policies always set out to fix things that aren’t broke or that will fix themselves left alone i.e. War on Poverty, Affordable Housing, Obamacare and Bailouts. History tells us that a state-run economy will eventually succumb to the natural order of economics and fail; the Soviet Union is a good example.
America is the only super power not because of how smart we are but because it is economically impossible for state-run governments to succeed.
— Frank Metts Jr.,
N. Richland Hills
Sunday’s article on the gay-marriage hearing in San Antonio on Wednesday illustrates the weak position the state must attempt to defend. The state says marriage has always been between one man and one woman. If this was justification, women would not be able to vote or drive, even today. Attitudes and opinions evolve over time.
The state says it is “promoting the state’s interest in responsible procreation and child-rearing.” However couples who have absolutely no possibility of procreating are issued marriage license in Texas every day; furthermore, this argument fails to address the thousands of Texas children being raised in loving same-sex households, yet being denied the legal security other children take for granted.
Finally, Texas says the federal courts have no business interfering. Nothing could be further from the truth. This is the United States of America. Our laws must work in harmony and it is ridiculous to have laws where my husband I are legally married in Iowa, but if we move to Texas our marriage is no longer valid.
Using even the minimum degree of logic, the state’s arguments do not pass even rational basis review.
— Larry Hale,
All the letters about Wendy Davis seem to have been drawn from the same list of talking points.
First, her exaggerations aren’t that bad, followed by an ad hominem attack on Greg Abbott and the settlement for his injury.
No one mentioned Davis’ legislative accomplishments. It seems that the highlight of her time in Austin comes down to two filibusters.
While I am still undecided on this election, I am going to need more than a hyped-up life story and a penchant to filibuster to vote for a candidate. Media darling or not, I need substance not style, else we will have Ted Cruz in Austin “full of sound and fury signifying nothing.”
— Robert Kai, Keller
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