The individual who has just won the primary for lieutenant governor has said creationism should be taught in public schools.
Please at least try to catch up to the 19th century, if not the 21st.
If you want your descendants to be burning witches at the stake, and running to hide in the caves during an eclipse, electing people like Dan Patrick is a surefire way to do it.
— Stephen Kelly, Arlington
Questions that linger
Who decided to have a consulate open in Benghazi when all other countries had pulled out?
To discontinue contractor security just prior to 9-11-12?
To turn down Ambassador Stevens’ request for more security?
To not send help or even start a rescue operation?
To not give up certain documents without a subpoena?
Further, why has no one been arrested? The videos show the faces of some of the terrorists.
Who means a person, not an agency or group.
None of these questions have been answered satisfactorily. The answer is always the CIA or FBI, or some other generalization.
Someone made these decisions. Who?
Our government put Ambassador Stevens and others in harm`s way, did not give them what was requested, and it resulted in the deaths of four Americans.
— Thomas R. McGlasson,
Voter ID law
When I went to vote in the mayoral election, I had a voter registration card good thru December 2015.
I saw my name on the voter rolls when my wife voted. But when asked to produce a photo ID in addition to my valid voter card, I refused.
The election judge was polite but firm: “You cannot vote.” I was not offered a provisional ballot because as, the judge explained, “It wouldn’t count anyway.”
Although I had a driver’s license, I refused to show it, to make a point.
I stand with the millions of Texans like Neysa Thompson who cannot vote.
I felt the isolation that those on the “outside” have always felt; left out of “decent” society.
So as the Star-Telegram urges us to vote, I urge our good citizens to join me in demanding this breach of human dignity and denial of full citizenship be ended.
Lincoln said “To get rid of bad law, strictly enforce it.” I’m with honest Abe.
— David Perkins, Fort Worth
Museum of first class
Tom Klein of Sabre may be excused for misspelling the Kimbell Art Museum “Kimball” (“Back Brand USA’s tourism gains,” May 23).
But in the 42 years since the Kimbell opened, this unfortunately happens far too often.
Most oldtimers in Fort Worth are aware of the great generosity of Kay and Velma Kimbell in leaving the bulk of their substantial estates and art collection to create and endow the Kimbell to be, in Kay’s words, “a museum of the first class.”
— Frank H. Sherwood, Fort Worth
Red light morality
I support any measure that might protect the next innocent victim from being T-boned by a red-light runner.
A red-light camera is documentation of a possible violation.
Is there a moral justification to pick up a stack of $100 bills when the bank teller turns his or her back for a minute, simply because there is no camera?
Are you less likely to pick up that stack of money when you know there are cameras?
— Donald Matheson, Fort Worth
No faith in commission
Just think of the money that could be saved if the Texas Railroad Commission were replaced with a giant rubber stamp marked “insufficient evidence.”
Then the commissioners could openly work for the gas industry and could stop pretending that they’re genuinely investigating the reports of earthquakes, livestock deaths, unpaid royalties, contaminated water, benzene leaks and the cases of asthma, cancer or birth-defects that some studies have linked to hydraulic fracturing.
I called the RRC over a year ago to report a 2 1/2 hour gas pipeline leak near my house and was told not to worry because it was a sweet gas and really not all that flammable.
I read later that a similar pipeline in San Bruno Calif had exploded killing eight people and burning 30 homes to the ground.
Apparently that fracking gas wasn’t so sweet.
— Sharon Austry, Fort Worth
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