George Clark’s recent letter questioned the mentality of an overwhelming 65 percent majority of Texas House District 92 voters who voted to re-elect Jonathan Stickland as their state representative. Clark’s perceived voter mentality problem is widespread, since Andy Cargile lost by huge majorities and failed to win a single precinct throughout the entire district.
Clark cited Cargile’s superior qualifications in leadership positions and leading successful organizations as rationale for his conclusion. A state representative is not an executive administering an organization but rather a legislator representing his constituents in making laws and setting budgetary policies.
The voters appreciated the fact that Stickland went to Austin and did what he said he would do. He fought for less government, lower taxes and strong family values. His conservative track record is impeccable, having received exceptionally high marks from the various conservative groups who compile legislative voting record score cards. Also, an independent nonpartisan study conducted by Rice University ranked Stickland as the most conservative member of the Texas House.
That was apparently good enough for the conservative voters of House District 92.
— Bob Stewart, Bedford
Experience matters. Our city needs the right people in our council. This is why I am voting for Lisa Skier for Richland Hills City Council.
Richland Hills is moving in the right direction. Businesses are moving in by leaps and bounds. City finances are looking better than some cities twice our size. The city leaders we have are doing well for us, but there are some issues where they fumbled the ball. Eliminating city boards that turned away citizens who wanted to give input and the mishandling of a charter election has hurt our city.
Lisa has the experience to end these missteps while moving our city forward. From her time in the U.S. Air Force to her current work for a nonprofit, she has given 100 percent. Lisa is currently on the Planning and Zoning Commission and worked on the comprehensive plan.
I look forward to voting for Lisa Skier for City Council Place 2.
— Travis Malone, Richland Hills
Who gets a raise?
Greg Abbott has received salary increases amounting to 62 percent since he assumed office in 2002.
I retired from teaching in 2000 and have received two cost-of-living increases and a13th check. Not even enough to keep up with the cost of living. Some 11,000 teachers have lost their jobs due to underfunding schools and he took raises amounting to 62 percent.
Really! Who does he pretend to represent? It is certainly not the working people of Texas.
So he should fill his pockets while he can and enjoy it until January, when he will join the private sector.
My vote will be for Wendy Davis and fair pay!
— Joyce Powell, Bedford
Texas state of mind
In response to Patsy Bailey, who wrote about Wednesday’s letter from Edward Wyman, “Texas No.1?”:
There are plenty of us out here who agree with Wyman in that we are not proud that Texas ranks No.1 or close in an underfunded education system, underfed children and uninsured citizens, and we are not going anywhere. I was born in Texas and have lived here all my life, but unlike Bailey I do not find these situations acceptable or desirable. A change in Texas is on its way, and while it may take some time, Texas will eventually be a better place for all its people to call home.
As far as the statement that Wyman needs to move to another state, we are convinced that compassion, concern and generosity toward others is not exclusively a “New York state of mind,” as Bailey seems to suggest.
— Lee Warren, Fort Worth
Ask the NSA
It seems that the whole world is spending a lot of effort, time and money looking for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.
Why don’t they just ask the National Security Agency where it is?
— H.C. Moore, Lipan
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