Tablet Opinion

Election letters

Responsible leadership

The November election is important for Arlington.

We need a state representative who is credible and reflective of the values and needs of our entire community.

I am voting for Cole Ballweg. I don’t care about Ballweg’s party affiliation, because he is a good man who cares about Arlington and is not driven by radical ideology.

I refuse to vote for his opponent, an extremist who, besides advocating the invasion of Mexico, recently ranted and raved in front of our City Council in support of a rifle-toting, irresponsible group advocating the open carry of firearms without any requirement for training.

By the way, I have a Texas concealed-handgun license, extensive firearms training and belong to the National Rifle Association.

— Mac Bernd, Arlington

Not about women’s health

Wendy Davis’ campaign will be negative, since her notable accomplishment was an attempt to make abortion more convenient.

Her belief that a “clinic” is adequate for the procedure rather than an ambulatory surgical center, and that abortionists need not be certified to admit and assist with emergencies, is insulting.

Yes, abortions could increase, but her vision to improve women’s healthcare is both dangerous and insulting. Joan Rivers died after a less invasive procedure in an outpatient ambulatory surgical center. Some have suggested she might have survived in a higher-level center.

Davis’ campaign has received a lot of out-of-state money, as Obama would love to see Texas brought down to his vision and Wendy could lead the way.

Hopefully Texas values will prevail and Texas won’t be reduced to “Wendy’s world” in an Obama nation.

— Joseph Ansley, Fort Worth

Career politicians

It is almost election time for the U.S. House of Representatives.

Rasmussen Reports says 8 percent approve of the job Congress is doing. Try to find eight out of 100 locally who approve. It is time for fresh ideas.

District 12 Congresswoman Kay Granger will be 72 in January and was first elected 18 years ago. That qualifies her as a career politician.

During that time she has been the main sponsor of two bills that became law. One renamed a post office. The other, in June, recognized the Monuments Men, because Congress didn’t have anything they needed to be doing.

The vast majority of Americans do not approve of this Congress but will vote for them because they belong to the right party or some such nonsense.

Your election choice is career politician Kay Granger or new guy Mark Greene.

— Sandra Behrens, Aledo

No good choices

If we are to believe that both major gubernatorial candidates are telling the truth about each other, then neither one is a desirable choice.

Since I have not heard a rebuttal by either one, one must assume both are correct.

I would like for each one to take a position on this statement: “I am grateful that we have slums so the poor will have a place to live.”

We might learn something from how they answer.

— Jack L. Drain, Bedford

Party of government

You wouldn’t take your dog to a veterinarian who hates dogs, or hire a babysitter who hates children. Why do we entrust our government to the party that hates big government?

I don’t agree with everything Democrats propose, but at least they want to use government to help people, especially those who can’t help themselves.

A party that funds the Trinity River boondoggle and the governor’s slush fund but cuts funds for education and won’t expand Medicaid; claims to protect women’s health by denying them access to medical care; says government shouldn’t stop pollution but should stop people from marrying whom they want — that party does not deserve power.

Vote Democratic.

— George Michael Sherry, Fort Worth