Before the primary, I received a mailer announcing the “Leadership Straw Poll” results from the NE Tarrant Tea Party, headquartered in Grapevine.
As I looked through it prior to disposal, I noted that the poll represented the opinions of six anonymous group “leaders.”
This made me wonder why six people have the audacity to think I would consider this kind of mailer.
Moreover, the “poll” of six unnamed persons did not favor state Rep. Diane Patrick or Peace Justice Mary Tom Cravens Curnutt. This made me think even less of the opinions expressed in the mailer.
I voted for Diane and Mary Tom because they are outstanding individuals, demonstrated exemplary leadership and understand the needs of our area.
Given the importance of this election, I sincerely hope Arlington voters would have cast their ballots without regard to the opinions of groups from elsewhere that could care less about our city.
— Mac Bernd, Arlington
In the Life & Arts section of the March 13 Star-Telegram, “Added details” has a paragraph titled “Button up.”
That paragraph along with pictures suggested and encouraged readers to sew/apply military buttons, chevrons, medals and patches to their clothing.
This is in direct violation of military regulations and protocol.
Military medals and chevrons, as well as buttons from authorized military uniforms, are not to be worn on civilian dress.
There is an exception to this: The mini-shape (small) medal may be worn on the lapel of a civilian suit or sport coat. Also, the Medal of Honor may be worn at any time with any apparel by the recipient.
— Donald W. Grannan, Benbrook
Business vs. individual
If corporations have personhood, then they should be liable for the same federal and civil penalties as any other citizen.
That includes the death penalty here in Texas, and that includes paying normal taxes at a normal tax rate.
Mine was 28 percent last year; theirs would probably be higher, since they make significantly more money than me.
Additionally, their deductions for capital and expenses, etc. should be removed. Citizens do not get those benefits.
— Justin Ram, Fort Worth
Health law concerns
Health and healthcare can be extremely personal.
Individuals choose to tightly control their healthcare information by limiting access to themselves and their healthcare providers. As recently as 1996, the federal government concurred with individual privacy rights for such information and enacted privacy laws.
Personal issues pertaining to aspects of health may be influenced by private, familial or moral beliefs about humanity and the sanctity of the human body.
Personal and social beliefs are strongly affected by individual theology and/or personal religion and are therefore exempt from federal authority by the first amendment of the Constitution. The First Amendment declares personal theology to be outside federal jurisdiction.
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) makes a noble attempt to provide healthcare insurance to those in need; however, parts of the ACA infringe upon personal theology.
A one-size-fits-all insurance plan cannot guarantee adequate healthcare or protection of the Constitutional right to religious (theological) freedom.
Indeed, the ACA is, by its very nature, a violation of the first amendment!
— Eddie R. Dunlap, Decatur
As a Grapevine resident and substitute teacher with two school-age students, I have seen many positive changes occur in our school district.
Current school board President Jorge Rodriguez has contributed creative leadership, accountability, strategic insights, a willingness to listen to citizens, solid financial oversight, personal time and much more to bring about these improvements.
Examples include increased college enrollment and advance course participation, the highest state financial rating, online and technical coursework options, minority parent participation program and assistance in employee survey design.
Certainly, others have contributed, but nothing happens without leadership.
I invite you to examine Jorge’s record and make sure you get to the polls.
— John Rath, Grapevine
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