Letters to the Editor – Supreme Court, Denton County, Short Term Rentals, Abortion

Children also deserve to be protected

Re: “Gunman targeted for justice – Suspect angered by opinion leak arrested near Kavanaugh’s home,” Thursday’s article.

This article is simple proof that the GOP has no understanding of the conditions in which American citizens live. To quote Senator John Cornyn: “The arrest of this individual proves that these threats to the lives of judges are horribly real, and that is unconscionable for House Democrats. to leave their families without police protection for just one more day.

Shouldn’t he say, “Each day they fail to act, the threat to innocent children and all American citizens grows, and the potential for tragedy becomes more likely, and House Republicans reach a new height of dysfunction Politics.”

Cornyn deduces that a GOP-appointed judge is worth more than all the children and innocent citizens who have been slaughtered because Congress is unable to enact reasonable gun safety measures.

It is time for the extreme partisanship in this country to end. We need a unified government to protect all lives, not just those of the privileged few.

Michael Janicek, Dallas/The Cedars

What Short-Term Rentals Are Not

Re: “Dallas Shouldn’t Ban Short-Term Rentals – It’s The City Council’s Job To Come Up With Reasonable Rules For Single-Family Neighborhoods,” June 1 editorial.

I disagree that Dallas shouldn’t ban short-term rentals in single-family neighborhoods. Single-family homes are owned or rented by long-time residents who take pride in their neighborhood. The owners of these properties are committed to preserving a pleasant environment in which to live and raise their families.

Short term tenants don’t care about the upkeep of the area as they will be gone in a few days. And owners of short-term rental homes seem to have little incentive to maintain the property. I also take issue with the editorial’s assertion that short-term rentals (in single-family areas) are an integral part of the economy of our big cities. They will only become full if the voting citizens tolerate this bad idea.

Daryl DavisDallas

Between a woman and a doctor

Re: “Philosophy, Not Religion, At The Heart Of The Abortion Debate – Let’s Deal With These Difficult Questions Seriously, Not Self-righteously”, by Angela Knobel, Opinion, June 6.

In my view, it’s pretty obvious that Knobel has an agenda, first in asserting that the issue of abortion is a matter of philosophy (not religion), and second, in the questions she chooses to ask and how she formulates them. The fact that she teaches in a Catholic university where more than 70% of the students are Catholic only confirms this observation and explains her sole focus on the fetus. There is nothing wrong with that, and I applaud his attempt to frame the issue as a matter of philosophy.

But what about the life of the pregnant woman, without whom the fetus would not even exist? It seems simplistic to try to analyze this philosophical question without acknowledging and dealing with its problems, whatever they are (death, serious injury, rape, incest, extreme poverty, etc.).

And what about unwanted children? How will society care for millions more of them? Not very well, if recent reports on the foster care system in Texas are to be believed. All of these additional factors can lead to very unfair situations for both the pregnant woman and the unwanted children.

I find it absolutely stupid to focus only on the fetus, which may or may not achieve “personality”. If this really is an unresolved question of philosophy, why not leave this difficult decision to the pregnant woman and her doctor?

Arnold Grothues, Arlington

She allowed me to live

As best I can determine from genealogy sites and state records, my birth mother was single and had other children. She could have aborted my birth but chose to let me live. She gave it to me within a week of my birth and my new parents were thrilled. I am forever grateful to have been allowed to live, graduate from college, serve in the Air Force, contribute to military contractors for 45 years, and volunteer thousands of hours at the city, county, state, national and international.

In addition to my time, I have provided financial support to many organizations. Even though I am retired, I continue to volunteer.

I’m sure there are hundreds of people like me out there who are somewhat silent on the issue of abortion. We are important and I hope we have touched someone, served our nation with pride and shown leadership. From my point of view, there would have been a hidden but measurable loss if I had been aborted. There are many methods to control conception since Roe vs. Wade, so maybe it’s time to allow those who are conceived to live their lives.

Art Trepanier, Sulfur Springs

It’s time to step up

We are in a moment of crisis for access to abortion. Nearly half of all women of childbearing age could lose access to safe and legal abortion in the United States after the likely abortion ban if Roe v. Wade is overturned. Texas SB 8 gave us a glimpse of what a post-Roe world might look like — a bizarro world where women have little control over whether they have children.

Abortion is a fundamental human right.

It’s time to support access to abortion in all communities and support policies that increase access to abortion, rather than destroy people’s most basic rights, state by state.

Everyone who shares these opinions should vote. It’s time to fight back by supporting the leaders who protect our rights. If you’ve ever thought about going out and working for pro-choice candidates, now is the time.

Julia Austin, Austin

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