Letters to the Editor – Roe Vs. Wade, Gun Legislation, Texas GOP Platform, Gas Tax
He is not surprised
No one should be completely surprised that the United States Supreme Court has just overruled Roe v Wade. The progressive left has for decades pushed and pushed against the third-trimester protections for unborn children that Judge Harry Blackmun built into the Roe decision.
If abortion activists had simply held back and followed Hillary Clinton’s words in her 2008 presidential campaign that abortions should be “safe, legal, and rare,” then perhaps we wouldn’t be where we are now.
John Riggs, Highland Park
So Roe vs. Wade, a standing law since 1973, was overturned by six conservative arbiters of good versus evil and not even God can overturn their decision.
By striking down abortion, the judges have completely ignored the 55% or more of all Americans who fully support a woman’s right to choose.
But since when does the majority reign today other than in the Supreme Court?
Bob Ory, Chicago
Choices to be made
When the Second Amendment was drafted, a firearm was needed to defend home and family, to join the militia, and to hunt for food. Today, some need a handgun to ward off intruders and a rifle when hunting wild game for sport. Our standing army supplies weapons to the troops.
There is no good reason for a civilian to have a high powered weapon. Should the minimum age for owning a high-powered weapon be raised? There is research to support postponing gun ownership to age 25 when the prefrontal cortex, the area of the brain that inhibits impulses, is fully developed.
And why should we spend taxpayers’ and individuals’ money to protect ourselves from gun-related harm and suffering? I believe that many of our legislators feel the same as most of us about the need for gun control. It is ironic that they themselves are held hostage by lobbyists and gun manufacturers. Are they so desperate for campaign finance?
The first step to passing serious gun control legislation is to elect candidates who do not accept campaign funds from gun lobbyists and who support an amendment to cut big money money in politics. The choice is ours.
Joan M. Ridley, Old East Dallas
Always up in the air
“The morality plays are dramatized allegories, in which virtues personified [and] vices … struggle for the soul of man. According to this definition from the Oxford Dictionary of Literary Terms, the hearings of January 6 are our own piece of medieval morality.
Tuesday’s witnesses embodied principled righteousness. “I don’t want to win by cheating,” said Republican Speaker of the Arizona House of Representatives Rusty Bowers. “I will not mess with the laws to which I have sworn allegiance.” He also pointed to his “deep fundamental desire to follow the will of God, as I believe he has led my conscience to embrace it.”
Former President Donald Trump and his followers embodied a plethora of sins, especially lying. Most egregiously, Trump gave his supporters the personal information they needed to threaten law enforcement officials, including Georgian election officials Wandrea “Shaye” Moss and his mother, Ruby Freeman.
Played in the roles of Everyman, these two women clearly illustrate what happens when powerful people behave in immoral ways.
“There’s nowhere I feel safe,” Freeman said. “Nowhere. The President of the United States is supposed to represent all Americans, not target one.
The room is not finished. We have to decide which side will win.
Barbara Chiarello Austin
A fight to come?
As the Roman Empire went into decline, its representatives in the hinterland came under increasing attack as locals worked to end Roman influence. Why think of that? Because I wonder how the indictment and eventual incarceration of the former president will be received by his most loyal supporters.
I see a decade of attacks on federal facilities of all kinds: courts, post offices, agencies, IRS, military bases, etc. We could well see a repeat of the social unrest that shook the South after the civil war.
But, you know, if we let the fear of it deter us from holding him accountable for his criminal behavior, we can say goodbye to our integrity as the world’s first democratic society, for we will have become docile allies in the elevation of supporters/staff loyalty rather than the rule of law. The Trump rule against constitutional law is an existential struggle that cannot be avoided.
If not, then what?
Re: ‘Leave the gas tax alone – President Biden shouldn’t play politics with funds that won’t move inflation’, Wednesday editorial
I agree that removing the gas tax is like putting a band-aid on a gunshot wound, but what else can President Joe Biden do? To abandon? Oil production is recovering, but prices continue to rise. The strategic reserve does not help. What other tools does he have?
We expect the free market to solve all our problems, but we turn to government when the free market doesn’t work. Price controls or temporary nationalization would reduce prices, but they would automatically get the pushback from market fanatics.
What do you suggest Biden do? Cut the gas tax? You say no. Giving people gas cards? Inflation. Beg the oil barons? As if. Wait? Discomfort speech. Gaslight the audience?
Biden does not have the charisma of Donald Trump. What do you propose, Dallas Morning News Editorial board? What would fit your pro-market ideology and help the American people?
Thomas Urech, Plano
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