Readers sound off on gay marriage and the U.S. Supreme Court

Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to step aside and not hear seven cases involving state bans on same-sex marriage continues to be controversial. The court’s inaction lets stand lower-court rulings that struck down the bans and was a victory for same-sex marriage in those states. But that’s not as definitive as some people on both sides of the debate want. They’d rather have a clear decision by the highest court in the land saying whether same-sex marriage bans are constitutional. Should the Supreme Court confront this challenge directly, or is it enough to let lower courts handle it?

All Points: How do we encourage more people to vote?

Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014

As many as half of Tarrant County residents who will vote in the Nov. 4 election are expected to cast ballots during the early voting period, Oct. 20-31. Still, even with a race for governor on the ballot, the county’s total voter turnout in mid-term elections has not been above 40 percent since 1994. What can be done to encourage more people to vote? Allow Election Day voting at any polling place? Make Election Day a holiday?

Not a ‘water girl’

Friday, Oct. 17, 2014

In response to Sue Williams’ letter, the lady attached to Gary Patterson’s hip is an athletic trainer. And she is exactly where she needs to be.

Texas clean air

Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014

It was great to read about our need to embrace Texas clean power and a call to stop the needless fight against the EPA. (See: “Embrace the Clean Power Plan,” Thursday, Oct. 9)

Ebola and planes

Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014

According to your article about Ebola on Oct. 10, the symptoms for the virus are almost identical to symptoms of a bad hangover.

White House runner

Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014

An apparently unarmed man jumps the White House fence and runs into the White House while no one’s home, and the Secret Service agents are being criticized by a congressional committee for not shooting him dead on the spot, right?

Who we are as humans

Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014

The article by Marc Champion (“Mourning Excalibur, the pet dog Ebola didn’t kill,” on Oct. 8) focused a light on who we are as human beings.

Unfair comparison

Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014

In his letter, Jeff Murray of Weatherford compared the pay of E-3 military members to that of McDonald’s employees. He stated that McDonald’s pay would represent a raise for E-3’s.

Faith is not easy

Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014

Many thanks to Cynthia M. Allen for her thoughtful and well-balanced article. (See: “Balancing mercy and doctrine in the church,” Thursday, Oct. 9).

Letters on elections

Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014

As first assistant district attorney in the Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office, I have had the opportunity to know and personally work with Tom Wilder on a regular basis for many years.