Less lethal methods
Whatever happened to tasers?
It would appear to me that in almost all of these incidents involving police shootings, the officers would be better served by using a taser first with a gun being the last resort.
Police have every right to defend themselves, and it’s their duty to stop a crime. But in the interest of accuracy, perhaps a less lethal method would be preferable and save everyone a lot of trouble.
This terrorism and vandalism is disgusting and counterproductive. It is so sad for the blacks who are good citizens.
— Marcelle Houston Borgers, Fort Worth
I agree wholeheartedly with Richard Greene’s editorial regarding the overuse of the politically correct “happy holidays.”
However, while Richard raises a number of good points, he does not tackle the 800-pound gorilla sitting clearly in the middle of the room.
What organization or group of people has the political and financial muscle to influence political parties, businesses and individuals to use the words “happy holidays” over “merry Christmas”?
As he points out, now that Thanksgiving is over, the only other holiday at this time of year is Hanukkah.
Dare I ask my Jewish brothers and sisters what their issue is with what Christmas stands for and why is it so important that the term “happy holidays” be utilized over the words “merry Christmas”?
To me, wishing someone a merry Christmas does not denigrate Hanukkah in any way but is an expression of love, compassion and peace that applies to all people and cannot be expressed by the generic “happy holidays.”
— Mike Morgan, Colleyville
The rule of law
Barack Obama’s decision to let 5 million immigrants stay illegally was a slap in the face to every immigrant who came to this country legally and followed, or is still following, the proper channels to become a citizen.
Do people still not get that the emphasis isn’t immigration but legality?
When it comes to immigration there are two very distinct groups of immigrants: those here legally and those here illegally.
Immigrants built this country and have contributed greatly, but they all obeyed the law.
Obama just ignored those who obey the law to support those who break it.
His excuse is that parents should not be separated from their children. Maybe the parents should have thought of that before they committed their crime.
So what next? If there are murderers and rapists in prison who have children, is he going to just unlock the prison doors so they won’t be separated?
But what truly blows my mind is that there are still those who think Obama does anything for anyone other than himself. He is just buying votes for his hand-picked successor in power, who he can control.
After Kennedy, a vote for the Democratic party became a vote for American’s destruction.
— Chrysanne Mason, Euless
Common sense law
It was good to read the Star-Telegram’s support for a ban on texting while driving (“Ban on texting while driving is common sense,” Friday).
The headline is certainly appropriate. Gov. Perry’s 2011 veto of Rep. Craddick’s bill was anything but sensible.
We know lobby interests can and do influence passage or defeat of legislation. But what special interest could have influenced the governor to veto legislation that would save lives?
Perry’s excuse that the state would be “micromanaging” our driving habits makes no common sense at all.
And his successor, Gov.-elect Greg Abbott, apparently has as little common sense.
Too bad these two otherwise good Texas conservatives have chosen to carry the issue to the realm of stupidity.
Is this the way for Republicans to get support?
We have laws regarding DWI. Texting while driving is even worse because the driver is knowingly creating a potential wreck with another vehicle or running over a pedestrian.
The drunk, at least, is looking through the windshield!
— Joseph Klein, Fort Worth
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