In spite of all the recent revelations, no one in Washington has been very concerned about the rampant government spying on private citizens.
Now, U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein is all in a tizzy about alleged CIA spying on her Senate Intelligence Committee activities, and she has suddenly rediscovered the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights.
Is there a double standard at work here?
Do politicians think only they are to be protected from unreasonable search and seizure and warrantless intrusion?
Never miss a local story.
— James Withaeger, Arlington
In response to Edward Wyman’s Wednesday letter, “Texas No. 1?”:
He seems to be very unhappy about politicians using the phrase “Keep Texas No. 1” and listing all of the things he feels are bad about our great state.
May I suggest he move to a state that is more in line with his way of thinking … perhaps California or New York?
They would love to get him! I would say, “Good luck and happy trails.”
— Patsy Bailey, Arlington
Concern over leaders
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said of the administration’s response to an attack that murdered four Americans at Benghazi, “What difference does it make?”
President Obama drew a line in the sand and the Iranians ignored his empty threat.
He told Russian President Putin to stay out of Ukraine and was completely ignored.
His attorney general refused to prosecute the New Black Panthers who tried to intimidate white people from voting.
Now Secretary of State John Kerry is attempting to instruct Africa on how to deal with homosexuals.
These are the people leading our country. God help us!
— Wayne Pricer, Edgecliff Village
According to old-fashioned civics, we have three branches of government — legislative, executive and judicial. Together they compose a trinity of oversight on each other’s dimension of power. The CIA, however, seems to have taken a detour from this principle and now treads the road of the apostate.
As charged, the CIA is electronically spying on the Senate Intelligence Committee — the very committee legislatively charged with the responsibility of overseeing the activities of the CIA.
Conclusion: Once the hounds of surveillance are unleashed into the spooky, thickly forested realm of intelligence gathering, their mission tends to become pathologically paranoid and they eventually turn on their own constitutionally invested masters.
— Alan Holder, Trophy Club
I saw so many letters in support of “traditional marriage.” I’m sorry, I just can’t abide by the God of the Bible’s commands and sanctions governing marriage.
I could never sell my daughter as property to another man. I could never let my daughter marry a man who already has another wife or numerous other wives. Sorry, to those who like the phrase, “marriage is between one man and one woman,” the Bible says different.
I would fight like hell to keep my daughter from being kidnapped because the kidnapper can’t find another wife. Of course I hope she would never be raped, but if that terrible thing ever happened, I would never force her to marry her rapist.
I would do my best to keep her from a marriage where wife abuse is not a valid condition for divorce.
I wouldn’t want her in a relationship where she forfeits all her rights to property when she marries. I could never sell her into slavery where her master could assign her to any one of his male slaves.
Guess I’m just different, I believe marriage should be between two people who love each other.
— Larry Gwaltney, Fort Worth
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