Letters to the Editor

The way of failure; keep local control; unequal justice

The way of failure

I read with dismay about the fiasco in Austin over the “panic” buttons and the Open Carry Tarrant County group.

Sad. Sad. Sad.

I do not agree that intimidating citizens and lawmakers and creating an atmosphere of fear is a god way to get laws passed.

It is the way of fools.

It is the way of failure.

— Corbin Douthitt, Hurst

Keep local control

Gov.-elect Greg Abbott wants the Legislature to override local governments.

Is that was conservatism is all about — restricting local control?

Local control is a hallmark of Texas values from the first years of the Republic of Texas.

Local residents, taxpayers and property owners need to continue to have a say in how our tax dollars are spent and threats to our health and public safety are handled.

Single-use bag ordinances have been passed from communities as diverse as Brownsville, Dallas, Fort Stockton, Port Aransas and Sunset Valley.

Communities have supported them and seen benefits from having less pollution on their streets, in waterways and in parks.

Communities have been able to steer their tax dollars to other city services and protect their tourism industry and quality of life.

Conservatives in state government should be the biggest defenders of local control and keeping decision-making as close to the people as possible.

If not, where are the state funds to effectively address the problems created by pollution from single-use bags?

— John MacFarlane, Fort Worth

Unequal justice

I am waiting with bated breath to see how the assistant district attorney from Dallas who was arrested and now faces a drunk driving charge will be treated.

How light will the slap on his wrist be?

I have discovered that in many counties, the scales of justice seem to be weighted in favor of any defendant who has money or status.

If you have neither, you wind up losing all state licenses which keep you from earning a living.

And you are given a fine, so you have to scrounge from relatives to meet your obligation and depend on them for living expenses — little necessities called food, a roof over your head and transportation to all the meetings you are mandated to attend.

I think the lady with the blindfold holding those scales would be embarrassed if the blindfold were removed.

When we have police officers, probation officers and assistant district attorneys committing the same offenses, but given little or no consequences by pleading down the offense, it should embarrass everyone in the court system.

I really don't expect an answer because none of the above will admit they participate in favoritism.

— F.L. Commander, Granbury

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