Letters to the Editor

Big brother bills; the ‘non-disgruntled’, net neutrality; Texas history lesson; the same standard

Big brother bills

Representative Phil King’s H.B. 540 attempts to undermine our three-branch system of government by circumventing the judicial branch. The bill would require the attorney general’s approval before a citizens’ initiative could be put on a ballot. (See: “Rep. King should bow to local control,” Sunday, Feb. 22)

The attorney general, not the courts, would determine the legality of any citizens’ initiative, totally undermining home rule and the authority of our courts.

H.B. 540 is designed to keep citizens from passing any initiative monied special interests find objectionable.

King asserts fracking bans violate personal property rights. But Denton’s ban does not eliminate mineral owners’ rights since it does not ban traditional gas extraction.

Furthermore, surface owners’ property rights have long been ignored by the state, which is one reason Dentonites were forced to live with fracking, virtually unregulated, 200 feet from homes. Our human rights were violated, and the state ignored our pleas for help.

King’s bill and others like it are a result of pressure from powerful interest groups like the oil and gas industry.

Defend your right to home rule — lobby against these big brother bills.

— Sandy Mattox, Denton

The ‘non-disgruntled’

I found fascinating what is going on in the DA’s office in the new regime (See: “Dozens leave as DA cleans house,” Sunday, March 8)

However, I’d also like to hear from employees who are not disgruntled.

— Beryl Dowd, North Richland Hills

Net neutrality

It appears that there is little discussion on the local level about the recent decision from the FCC to reclassify Internet service providers as common carriers.

Without the ruling the companies that connect us to the Web would be allowed to limit our Internet usage based on the wishes of the highest bidder.

What if websites were bundled like cable television channels?

What if you had to pay extra to your Internet provider to access the Star-Telegram because a competing news source was paying for your access to be restricted to their competitors?

Months ago, 4 million Americans spoke up to the FCC about their desire to preserve an open Internet.

The FCC listened and agreed to reclassify Internet service providers as common carriers who cannot bias the choices of their customers.

Recently, H.R. 4070, known as the Internet Freedom Act was introduced to the U.S. House.

The bill aims to revoke the FCC ruling and allow companies to restrict the Internet from their customers.

Reps. Joe Barton, Roger Williams, Louis Gohmert and Michael Conway — all from Texas — have cosponsored this bill.

We need to start asking ourselves just who our elected officials work for.

— Robert Nursey, Fort Worth

Texas history lesson

Bud Kennedy cited the Texas centennial as an example of how Texans separated themselves from the “old south” during this time. He further insinuated that the confederate section at Six Flags Over Texas had no meaning.

Bud is wrong on both counts.

In Fort Worth, the centennial was celebrated at the Will Rogers Memorial Complex. Will’s father, Clement Van Rogers, was a Cherokee Indian who fought for the Confederacy.

Will stated that his favorite film role was the title character in “Judge Priest,” where he portrayed a former confederate soldier in a film that had very strong southern sentiments.

Texas’ role in the Confederacy was not overlooked, but because the centennial was an occasion to celebrate independence from Mexico (something Bud would never do), the primary focus was on that aspect of the state’s history.

As far as Six Flags is concerned, the Confederate section was in the heart of the park. It featured a Confederate drill team and the gift shops sold Confederate first national flags and kepis (caps).

The whole focus of the park was on Texas history as opposed to Looney Tunes and D.C. Comics.

— Paul B. Martin,

Cleburne

The same standard

Bob Ray Sanders slams the GOP for their open letter to Iran, which many Democrats claim violates the Logan Act.

What Bob Ray fails to mention is the number of times the Democrats have done the same thing.

John Kerry in the early 70s had talks with North Vietnam. Obama, when a senator, had talks with Iraq. Pelosi, when speaker of the house, had talks with Syria.

The Democratic Party in 2006 had secret talks with Hamas. Jimmy Carter, after he was president, had talks with Hamas.

These incidents can be considered a violation of the Logan Act.

Bob Ray fails to hold the Democrats to the same standard to which he holds the GOP.

— Eugene Ross,

Granbury

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