Latinos’ opinions often disregarded
I agree with Richard J. Gonzales (Aug. 8 article) that when we discuss issues such as Senate Bill 4, Latino opinions are disregarded and referred to such in ignorant terms like “misperception.” This is due to perceived “lack of political and economic power”— perceived by the majority of the Fort Worth City Council.
Fort Worth leaders don’t want to separate politics from economics. There are expensive costs to SB4: cost of detainment in city jails, and cost for more police to enforce this law. The cost of new businesses coming into Tarrant County is high. Does the mayor think the business community is not looking at how the city treats all its citizens?
Labor for these new businesses will be immigrants! What attracts businesses to Texas is that we have workers, regardless of immigration status.
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It may be time to change House rules
Is Texas a democracy? Or can a couple of individuals in power determine the outcome of legislation in this State?
Regardless of one’s view on the transgender bill, the more pressing question is, why is it not getting to the House floor for a vote?
If the House rules operate to allow for a couple of people to block consideration of a bill that quite obviously means a lot to many people, thereby preventing the people’s representatives from voting on it, then maybe those rules need to be changed.
Thomas F. Harkins Jr.,
Believe it: Kim is no joke
I am mystified by anyone thinking that Kim Jong Un is a joke.
Anyone with common sense should have realized that he was seriously mentally disabled and a serious threat to the entire world.
I don’t believe in assassination, but I don’t see another solution. He has declared war on the U.S. We need to respond in a like manner. I don’t think he is smart enough to understand who/what he is up against, but that doesn’t excuse him.
Legislature fans fears, distrust of police
Cynthia Allen is correct that there is a perception problem with the immigration debate in general and Senate Bill 4 specifically. But she is wrong about the nature of that misperception. Perception by supporters of SB4: illegal immigrants are overrunning the U.S. and living off welfare. Fact: Net immigration, both legal and illegal, has been dropping for years, and both legal and illegal immigrants pay more in taxes and government fees than they consume in services.
Once again our state Legislature has fanned the fears of the misinformed to solve a problem that doesn’t exist, and exacerbated an actual problem: distrust and fear of police.
Eugene Chandler, Arlington