In defense of the chief
As a person who has tried to always support the Fort worth Police Department which is charged with my safety, and whose taxes pay for the upkeep of that department, I find most of the criticism of retiring chief Jeff Halstead unwarranted.
By its nature the police department is a quasi-military unit. During Halstead’s tenure there have been many incidents where he has had to remind the officers who is in command. We have seen many of the officers react negatively to those actions. The public has seen the chief bend over backwards to accommodate the citizens with complaints, and the officers have had his support as human errors have occurred.
Most of us see that one organization charged with mediation between the officers and their commanders would be a more positive thing. Three different groups seem to be more divisive.
Those of us who support our police officers and what they do would like to see more unity in the department and less in-fighting and criticism being hurled at the command staff and at each other.
At any rate Chief Halstead is retiring and needs to be allowed to go with dignity. The harsh words are un-necessary.
— Wanda Conlin, Fort Worth
Why Davis failed
It is being reported that Wendy Davis and her campaign staff are puzzled that she failed to move Texas women to her side (Star-Telegram, Nov. 7). After all, the cornerstone of her campaign was to empower women in business and health care.
Examining her approach to health care, which includes a right to abortion on demand at any point in the pregnancy, might give a clue as to why she failed to connect with women.
Since the ruling on Roe v Wade, at least 50 percent of babies aborted were female.
How can the deliberate killing of unborn females be considered supportive of women?
Perhaps Texas women looked at Davis’ healthcare plans and questioned what she proposed and supported was really beneficial.
Davis failed to connect with Texas women because are not the mindless people the Democratic Party thinks they are.
— Don Brignac, Arlington
Missing the story
TCU’s standings, the French landing on a comet or memos predicting a win-less Wendy Davis were all bigger stories than Jonathan Gruber.
He didn’t make front page news in spite of him being the architect of Obamacare, calling the American people “stupid” and admitting the lack of transparency worked in favor of passing the ACA.
Had anyone from the Tea Party said these things, they would have been verbally flogged to death in the liberal media.
It is one thing to imply one is stupid due one’s lack of information, but it is serious deception to knowingly withhold information to attain one’s objective.
Apparently, Mr. Gruber and this administration are birds of the same feather.
— Jean King,
From the front page of the paper: “Asserting his [Pres. Obama] authority to enforce the nations laws with discretion.” (See: President will defy GOP, go it alone on immigration,” Friday, Nov. 14)
Let me state categorically that no such authority exists.
The only thing the Constitution says is this: Art. II Sec. 3 (4) — “He shall take care that the laws be faithfully executed.”
Additionally, we must note that his chosen vehicle for carrying out this travesty is the executive order which is not even mentioned in the Constitution.
To write law and/or selectively enforced laws in this manner is obviously unconstitutional and clearly constitutes an impeachable offense.
To even argue otherwise is to deny the English language and defy common sense.
Democrats should be careful, the next president with a pen and a phone might be a Republican!
— David R. Calvert,
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