When state Sen. Konni Burton ran for the office, she claimed to favor “local control.”
But the Tea Party member told the Chamber of Commerce this week that “if a city is doing what Austin did with Uber” (that is, exercise its local control to require Uber drivers to go through fingerprint and criminal background checks), then the state will take back local control from cities.
She implied that cities are institutions, not people. Any level of government represents people.
Some people live in cities where the majorities want Uber drivers to pass background checks.
Why don’t they deserve to have their liberties (and safety) protected?
Burton also says she is a “free market conservative.” She does not like giving state economic incentives to lure businesses.
But she does like the idea of sending public school dollars with students who transfer to private schools.
What’s good for the goose is good for the gander. Private schools ought to be able to make it on their own in the “free market.”
If it’s not a good idea to give public money to private businesses, it’s not a good idea to give public money to private schools.
Libby Willis, Fort Worth
I just read Bud Kennedy’s column regarding David H. Grisham, the “pastor” of Last Frontier Evangelism who feels it is his mission to go around and tell kids Santa doesn’t exist and/or to expose “the demonic lie of Santa.” (“Santa-bashing preacher planning to visit DFW,” Wednesday)
It struck me that this man really is nothing but a schoolyard bully.
One would think if he were serious about this, he would go after the grownups who buy all of the gifts or the stores that sell the gifts, rather than pick on little children who cannot fight back, who are trying to enjoy what little innocence they have these days.
Apparently he is too cowardly to do anything but harass those weaker than him.
This is the type of person we need to fear, rather than others who quietly go about their business, worshiping in their own way or not at all.
What he and his followers do in their own church is fine, but outside of that church he is a cowardly bully.
Susan Eurto, Fort Worth
Democrats keep saying that Hillary Clinton won the popular vote. True, but she didn’t win the popular vote in enough states.
Donald Trump won 30 states to Clinton’s 20.
Both candidates knew the terms before they entered. Both knew that it takes 270 electors to win the presidency. Both ran their campaigns the way they did because of this factor.
The popular vote in each state determines the electors of that state. If the Democrats don’t know that, I feel sorry for them.
The Founders knew what they were doing when they set the elections up this way.
Many thanks to the Green Party for their recounts that actually gave Donald Trump even more votes!
North Richland Hills