Time out for child’s play

Childish antics should have no place in the Texas Capitol, particularly among lawmakers who are there to do the public’s business.

But that was the case Wednesday, the day representatives of Planned Parenthood went to Austin advocating continued funding for the breast- and cervical-cancer screening program for low-income women, the Texas Tribune reported.

Rep. Jonathan Stickland of Bedford placed outside his office a Texas Right to Life-distributed sign with the words, “FORMER FETUS” to indicate Planned Parenthood representatives were not welcome.

Rep. Charlie Geren, a Fort Worth Republican and chairman of the House Administration Committee, removed the sign because he said it violated State Preservation Board rules governing Capitol upkeep.

Stickland, insisting that Geren “ripped down” the sign, proclaimed “the Kumbaya is about to be over” and it’s “time to start telling voters where we stand.”

No, Rep. Stickland, it’s time to put away childish rhetoric and get on with the voters’ business.