Tablet Opinion

Giving up the right to vote

I was quite pleased to see Kendall Clay McCook of Fort Worth declare in his Tuesday letter that he will no longer vote in Texas.

His exit from the voting population makes my vote even more powerful. Thank you, thank you!

The voter ID law was enacted to help prevent fraud at the polls. There’s nothing wrong with a state-issued ID to prove who you are at the polling place.

Kudos to McCook. May others follow him so that we ID voters may prevail.

— Steven E. West, Arlington

Is giving up voting just because you don’t want to show a photo ID the smartest way to show frustration?

Isn’t that what we call cutting your nose off to spite your face?

— Bob Cosby, Fort Worth

I assume that McCook has no bank accounts, doesn’t drive, travel by air, or purchase alcohol, spray paint or certain types of glue — all activities that probably require valid identification.

Voting is not a right. It is a privilege, granted to those qualified, by the sacrifices of others who previously fought, suffered and died to obtain or protect it.

You are free to exercise this right or waste it, but act like an adult and accept responsibility for your choices, rather than blame others via ignorance or faux outrage.

— Michelle Licater, Arlington

Intimidation politics

Texas has become unbalanced and is verging on political insanity. We are now a one-party dictatorship dedicated to terrorizing citizens into silence.

The bullying at a peaceful meeting of citizens indicates an unbalance of government in Texas. (See Tuesday story “Protesters with guns create stir at meeting.”)

We moderates and liberals do not believe it’s necessary, or even constitutional, for citizens to openly carry long guns in public to intimidate others. These tactics were used by the Ku Klux Klan.

The problem is that our voices were never heard in the halls of justice in the “debate” on the current Texas gun or voting ID law. No loyal opposition was allowed and no ideas other than those espoused by the Tea Party were heard and voted on.

Where are the concerned conservative citizens who know that the rights of Texans are being trampled on? Those in power who are responsible must now step up and save Texas from fringe lunatics bent on intimidation.

— David Perkins, Fort Worth

What should I do if I see a man carrying an AK-47 walking past my house in the direction of Donna Park Elementary School?

Call the police or assume it is a member of Open Carry Texas just out airing his rifle?

— William W. Schweitzer, Hurst

Pack of lies

I read with great interest that CBS’s “60 Minutes” had retracted the pack of lies that was perpetrated by security contractor Dylan Davies.

Apparently, Davies concocted this fantasy for no purpose except self-aggrandizement, and to cover up his own incompetence. The garbage that Davies spread was immediately seized upon by right-wingnuts simply because they desperately wanted it to be true.

Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina says he still intends to block all of President Obama’s appointments until the truth comes out about Benghazi? There’s no reason to let go of a good scandal just because it’s composed of nothing but lies.

— Don Martin, Arlington

A price for lying

Finally, President Obama says (sort of) that he’s sorry that he misled Americansabout the Affordable Care Act.

Remember his many public statements that if you like your health insurance policy, you can keep it? Remember the promises to get to the bottom of the IRS targeting conservative groups and what happened in Benghazi?

What a joke!

Obama has one goal: the redistribution of wealth, which is what Obamacare is.

Obamacare is collapsing. The president’s approval rating is below 40 percent and Democrats are in panic mode.

There’s always a price to pay for lying to the electorate, as the Democratic Party is about to find out.

— Dave Waldrop, Hurst

Buyers’ remorse?

To those who voted for the current White House resident with expectations of “change”: Well, some are certainly getting a change as their current insurance coverage is canceled for a much more expensive product.

You voted for change and the government is certainly bringing about change. The only problem is that you somehow envisioned change as an improvement. But your government has lied to you and brought about a change that is decidedly destructive, especially to your pocketbook.

Be careful what you wish for.

— Michael E. Holland, Fort Worth


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