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Letters: Secret Service disaster; ending slavery; props 1, 2 and 3

Secret Service disaster

A president riding in an open car amid tall buildings downtown in a major city? Forget that, evidently it’s not nearly that difficult to assassinate a president today.

Now we learn our current president was recently at full risk of being shot at pointblank range while riding in an elevator!

Agent Clint Hill risked his life, jumping onto the back of a fast-moving car 50 years ago in an effort to save the life of the president. So I can only imagine his reaction upon learning of such incredible lapses in security detail taking place today!

It’s obvious the Secret Service must be fully reviewed and remade in view of this latest shocking lapse.

— Scott Wheeler, Dallas

Ending slavery

Some good news amidst the seeming endless barrage of crises:

This summer, the House of Representatives actually found something to agree on — human trafficking — and unanimously passed HR 2283, the Human Trafficking Prioritization Act.

I’m grateful for their leadership on a towering human rights crisis of our time and pray for more of the same.

Now the Senate has the opportunity to act on this bill, but this being an election year, time on the legislative calendar is running out.

This small but powerful bill would elevate the U.S. government’s Trafficking in Persons Office to a State Department bureau, a change that would ensure human trafficking is upheld as a foreign-policy priority for the United States.

With no new bureaucracy or measurable cost, it would be a critical step forward in America’s response.

The Senate version, SB 1249, has robust backing with 37 cosponsors so far.

I hope Sens. Cornyn and Cruz join their colleagues in co-sponsorship before time runs out.

I know they care about this issue deeply, as do a multitude of Texans of faith and conscience urging they prioritize our fight against a horrific crime enslaving nearly 30 million people worldwide.

— Michael Pickering, Arlington

Props 1, 2 and 3

Recently I received a brochure in the mail touting a new multipurpose arena being proposed by the City of Fort Worth.

Half of the cost of the arena (total costs estimated to be $450 million) will be paid for by a group of private-sector individuals led by businessman Ed Bass.

The other half will be paid for by user fees; the taxpayers aren’t being asked for a penny.

Even cost overruns will be paid through private donations.

I would like to encourage all citizens of Fort Worth to go to the polls Nov. 4 and vote yes to propositions 1, 2 and 3.

This is an offer we can’t refuse.

— Robert M. Moon, Fort Worth

Proud to follow

Wendy Davis is not an Ann Richards or a Dolly Parton. She needs more decorum and more mature polish to serve as our governor.

Her book title reveals bravado rather than a truly confident, secure individual. Wendy comes across as self-conscious, possibly trying to use acting skills learned from her late father.

A governor represents all Texas residents to the rest of the world. Let us elect someone of whom we can be supportive and proud to follow.

— Betty Richards,

Fort Worth

Incumbents out

After doing nothing, Congress adjourned early so they could campaign for re-election and return to Washington and do some more nothing.

Please! Vote against incumbents.

Even though you might be voting for an unknown, our government could hardly be more dysfunctional than it has been in recent years.

— Don Ponder, Fort Worth

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