Many years ago my wife and I were visiting San Francisco and enjoying dining at an upscale steakhouse.
In the restaurant was a beautiful wedding party celebrating the new couple and their new journey together. Later in the evening, I excused myself for a trip to the restroom.
While I was standing there tending to business, the gorgeous bride came in and took the urinal next to me, raising her wedding dress to allow business to proceed.
I think I would have preferred that he/she had quietly used a single stall in the ladies’ room.
Johnny Dwire, Weatherford
Nonexistent problem solvers?
Once again our dedicated leaders in Austin have demonstrated their profound ability to create solutions to nonexistent problems, which, true to form, creates problems with nonexistent solutions.
While there are no documented cases of transgender people committing sex crimes in public restrooms, there have been a number of sex crimes committed by “family values” Republican politicians in them over the past few years. In fact one occurred less than a month ago.
Perhaps while our representatives are fixated on toilets, they can come up with a solution to curb the threat posed by the real predators in our society!
Edward C. Wyman,
We can’t live without trees!
The Editorial Board is wrong to describe tree preservation ordinances as “petty local matters” and “a question of aesthetics.”
In fact, the economic value of trees is well-documented: trees shade and cool the environment, clean the air of toxic pollutants, and filter storm water runoff to help retain topsoil and lessen silting of streams and ponds. These natural ecologic services impact residents across a wide area, not just under the canopy, and translate into millions of taxpayer dollars being spent to make up for the lost trees.
The health of our urban and suburban trees should be a major concern to all.
Grace Darling, Arlington
Why do we need a special session?
I see that the special session of the Legislature is costing Texas taxpayers about $34,000 per day plus expenses.
Here’s a thought: The legislators should receive no pay and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and Gov. Abbott should pay the expenses out of their personal bank accounts.
After all, it was Patrick who was the primary reason the special session was needed. He didn’t get his personal agenda passed, so he threw a tantrum, then blocked essential legislation.
This seems somewhat akin to an employee at a corporation who plays games at his computer all day, then goes to his supervisor at 5 p.m. and says he needs to work overtime to complete the project he was supposed to be working on all day.
Bob McCown, Arlington
Is fraud panel just a fraud?
Just because only two people called the Tarrant County elections administration to have their voter information removed does not mean that many of us do not object to having our information sent to this dubious voter fraud commission.
Why don’t you set up a web question and let us vote? That might be a more reasonable method to determine how Tarrant County voters really feel about this commission.