Dear Editor: Let’s run something up the flagpole, and see if it makes a splash: “Accessible and affordable medical care, being necessary to the health of a woman, the right to abortion, shall not be infringed.” Now would a highly organized pregnancy-termination lobby vigorously opposed to any restrictions whatever -- you know, due to the good old slippery-slope argument -- roundly be dismissed as just a bunch of feticide nuts? J. Reynolds Residents voice dissent over Reagan name change issue Dear Editor: They are also considering changing the name of John H. Reagan High School in Austin, Texas. What I have to say: As an alumni and graduate, 1989, myself, with my former classmates, WE have already changed the meaning of John H. Reagan. THAT is the place where I learned to be … [Read more...] about The Reader: Lobbyists just a bunch of feticide nuts?
THE POST OFFICE – My next fortune is going to be made selling the U.S. Postal Service “Next Window Please” signs. The employees are working as hard as they can, giving a new meaning the term “going postal.” But there is still a line, which gives me time to consider a new Coast Guard cutter, the Thad Cochran, the scandal that wasn’t, 336 VA hospitals and, of course, this particular post office. It all has to do with hypocrisy, again. Let’s begin here. Everyone is always beating up on the postal service, and it’s a staple for late night TV comedians. Actually, my postal carrier is the only federal employee I meet regularly, if you don’t count my contact in the Federal Witness Protection Program. And I get very good home delivery service. Maybe I should print up bumper stickers reading: “The … [Read more...] about No belt-tightening around the governmental waste
An article I read this week grabbed my attention, and not for the reason you might suspect. If you’re in the financial business, you read about the market. If you’re a lawyer, you read about big verdicts in periodicals. And if you’re in the media business, you read about our industry’s bloodshed. I have a friend who warns me about this, because unless your business starts with the words Amazon, Facebook or Google, media stories aren’t kind these days. Radio executives read about Sirius and Pandora and Apple Music. Television honchos would just as soon take a sledgehammer to the knees of Netflix, Amazon (they keep popping up), Hulu and the modern-day DVR, if that’s still such a thing. And newspapers? Sheez. We’ve been writing an extended version of our obituary for the past two decades … [Read more...] about We need to keep small business open
THE ABACUS – Let’s see. One point one million divided by 34 million, or is it the other way around? Oh, hi. I am figuring up how much money each of us will be billed by Gov. Greg Abbott and Attorney General Ken Paxton, our official state panderers, for their latest expensive grandstanding waste of our tax dollars. And it’s high time we low-tax, low-spend conservatives rise up as one and shout: “You two give hypocrisy a bad name!” It’s all very complicated, but began in 2011 when the Texas legislators redrew the state’s maps for the state Senate and House and U.S. Congress. Texas needed approval from the feds, and sued to get it. But Democrats charged the new boundaries favored the Republicans, i.e., gerrymandering. As state attorneys general, Abbott and later Paxton, defended the new … [Read more...] about Texas Congressional Districts have the Line’s Share of Gerrymandering
Dear Editor: Regarding renaming Reagan High School et cetera: If the reality of history, fact from the past, is embarrassing or offensive, then it absolutely must be revised or eradicated. The old Soviet Union -- far superior to the USA, a progressive, Democratic-Party-style central-state paragon that would be flourishing today if the GOP had not interfered -- the USSR constantly amended its history books, photos and statues in furtherance of social justice. We now have a glorious, revolutionary opportunity to be like Russia and implement that practice in America. Unite, Comrades! J. Reynolds Tackling the Wabash controversy In response to your recent story about the owner of Wabash Feed Store’s request to build a porch that would intrude on the 25-foot setback, the North Shepherd Area … [Read more...] about Reader: Offensive history should be revised or eradicated