Tablet Opinion

Voting is indeed a right!

Michelle Licater asserted in a Thursday letter (“Giving up the right to vote”) that voting is a privilege, not a right. She is flat-out wrong. Voting is a right.

Someone failed to teach her the U.S. Constitution.

The 14th Amendment recognizes two classes of citizenship — state and national, ranking national citizenship superior to state citizenship.

States have the right to place regulations on how elections are conducted within their borders. They do not, however, have the right to impose regulations that violate the rights of a U.S. citizen. The new Texas voter ID law crosses that line.

— Paul R. Schattman, Arlington

To letter writer Michelle Licater and others who use the Constitution as a crutch, but don’t know what’s in it:

It’s my sad duty to inform you that, despite your intent to spread misinformation, voting is indeed a right implicit in the Constitution, not a privilege.

While not explicitly stated in the Constitution, the document contains phrases in the amendments such as “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state....”

It does not say: “The privilege ... to vote shall not be denied,” etc.

— Dave Robinson, Fort Worth

Guns and moms

To the gun-carrying idiots who demonstrated Nov. 9 outside an Arlington restaurant as a group of mothers met inside to advocate sensible restrictions on firearms:

What scares you so much that you show up thinking that your weapons are a debate-ender?

Do these women pose such a threat that you need rifles and pistols to negate their threat? How cowardly is your approach!

Consider discussion. It works. If you’re not able to engage in discourse in an adult manner, then relocate. Or start medication. Seriously!

— Keith Pettit, Arlington

The group Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America actually has a fairly radical anti-gun agenda.

What they propose specifically is a ban on “assault” rifles — military-style modern sporting rifles is a more accurate term; true “assault” rifles are fully automatic machine guns already under strict control — background checks for buying even the smallest quantity of ammunition and banning ammunition sales online.

As a responsible gun owner, I must say I have not been a big fan of these open-carry-type demonstrations. In this case, though, I do see the point of emphasizing to the “demanders” that gun owners are your flesh-and-blood fellow citizens.

But I would argue to my open-carry demonstrator friends that the point could be made as well carrying a rifle with the bolt and magazine out and maybe even an empty-chamber flag in it.

— Griffin T. Murphey, Fort Worth

What’s waiver day?

I went to Mount Olivet Cemetery on Sunday afternoon with my favorite neighborhood girls, both born and raised in Texas, and who attend two different schools in the Fort Worth school district.

They didn’t know what Veterans Day is. They were out of school on Monday for “Waiver Day.” You can bet I gave them an education and even walked them down to the Veterans Memorial at the cemetery to explain Veterans Day to them.

The bleeding-heart, politically correct liberals are absolutely destroying our country.

— Susie Fitzgerald, Fort Worth

Arlington boondoggle

Has anyone at the Star-Telegram actually ridden or physically checked on the buses now running in Arlington as the Metro Arlington Xpress?

No one is riding them! Two hundred and 50 riders a day is a ridiculous number for the amount of money that’s being wasted on this boondoggle!

It’s a blatant attempt to get mass transit without the citizens’ OK. We have voted it down before and will again! If the University of Texas at Arlington wants buses, let the university pay for them!

— James Garrett, Arlington

Hurling thunderbolts

So the president will make things right. After years of preparation of the 2,700 page Affordable Care Act and the subsequent 10,000 pages of regulations, he will tell the insurance companies to “just hit the back arrow.”

The back offices in the insurance industry must be in a shambles. Personnel fleeing, heads spinning. Suicides even?

Can anyone imagine a more perfect verification that this president has any basic understanding of the irrefutable principle that actions have consequences? Like gods, they have only to hurl thunderbolts from on high to make it so.

— Brian Perkins Sr., Fort Worth


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