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05/07/2014 5:50 PM

05/07/2014 5:51 PM

Why do candidates pander for votes by ginning up a crowd over rights that are perceived as being eroded, or social issues that involve the personal rights and choices of others?

Why was the candidate for a state house seat lobbing verbal grenades in the Arlington council chambers over the open-carry issue?

While these red-flag-in-a-bull’s-face topics do get vociferous demonstrators gathered up and vocal, they do not address the more important topics that truly make a difference in the everyday lives of the average Texan — namely, things like why our property insurance rates are the highest in the nation, what we are going to do about dwindling water resources, and why the oil and gas industry is going to be allowed to export oil and gas produced from underneath us to the highest worldwide bidder

Any candidate I’m going to vote for is going to first show that he has some grasp of these important issues, not just the ability to throw red meat to those who love their weapons, hate abortion and abhor homosexuality — and those on the other side of the aisle who think all whites are racists, or don’t care about starving babies.

— John T. Johnson III,

Arlington

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