Read the US Constitution
Re: “Fund the infrastructure and then get out of the way – Lobby partisan politicians to block the deal while public works crumbles”, by Roger Williams, Monday Opinion
US Representative Roger Williams’ essay begins: “I think the government should do three things: collect our taxes, defend the homeland and help with infrastructure, and then get out of the way. “
It explains what should be covered by the term “infrastructure”, which should be extended to include various elements related to the “digital age”. OKAY. But he opposes various details (for example, restricting certain oil and gas developments) in the administration’s second infrastructure proposal.
Williams needs to read the Constitution, which he hasn’t done or doesn’t understand. The preamble alone includes the following elements that the government is charged with doing: “form a more perfect union, establish justice, ensure domestic tranquility” and perhaps more importantly “promote general welfare”.
And it’s just in the preamble – think about the trade clause and the establishment of the judicial system. It is our government, not “the” government as it sees it. So that cannot be his complaint. He often confirms that he is not qualified for a public office of any kind, let alone to serve in Congress.
Richard Galvin, Fort Worth
As I read the protests and laws against the teaching of critical race theory expressed in Fort Worth and elsewhere, it becomes increasingly clear that this is only the first of many experiments conducted by the media and right-wing politicians to assess how easily they can dupliciously fabricate “outrage” against an imaginary problem and then turn that “outrage” into profits and votes.
In fact, former Trump adviser Steve Bannon recently said he believed this pipe-dreaming campaign against the CRT could win up to 50 Republican House seats in the 2022 election.
Fortunately, there is a silver lining in this “outrage”. An obscure theory that few had heard of is now known across the country, which may spark curiosity that inspires more people to learn more. Plus, the fact that so many people and politicians seem terrified of having honest discussions about race proves that the slogans “America is color blind” and “there is no systemic racism” that the right peddles as alternatives to the CRT are nothing. but myths.
David R. Hoffman, South Bend, Ind.
Miss an opportunity to move forward
Why do some people stay out of touch with reality? The optics of Governor Greg Abbott welcoming former President Donald Trump to our Texas border the same week that criminal charges against the Trump organization are announced stuns me. The continued loyalty to him from politicians and fellow citizens even after his incitement to insurgency and his continued insistence that he win the 2020 presidential election in the face of all reasonable evidence leaves me shaking my head in disbelief.
Trump is what he really is and always was before many bought into the myth – not what he is trying to convince us of or what some people choose to believe. He is a simple mortal like everyone else, and like all of us, he is not above the law. He may indeed have to answer for some of his actions. But now we have a chance to move forward and focus on positive aspirations.
Linda Johnston Arage, Waxahachie
Voting is a right
Re: “Keep Your Vote” by Steve Massey, Sunday Letters.
Sunday’s letters contained good pro-voting letters, but also the usual concepts of far-right alarm and reversal of the facts that the GOP is spreading. Most scandalous was Massey’s letter which put its finger on Republican ideology and strategy. Massey says “voting is a great privilege”.
This is as far from the truth and from the Constitution itself as it gets, and embraces the original Jim Crow ideology that helped prevent minorities from voting in the past and even today. Voting is a right, not a privilege, and is enshrined in the Constitution with the 15th, 19th and 26th Amendments offering proof.
It is only a privilege as long as everyone in America is allowed to vote, but a right as long as no one should be prevented from doing so. Sadly, that’s what the Republicans are trying to do with their “vote security” shenanigans by setting up as many roadblocks as possible for underprivileged citizens to stay in power.
The Founding Fathers had the right idea, but they also had a narrow view of who should vote, which is why these additional amendments were needed. And finally, despite Massey’s assertion, voting needs to be even more convenient and accessible.
Chuck Elkins, Plano
North Carolina could have played
I’m so sorry the state of North Carolina was forced out of the College World Series, but they shouldn’t blame the NCAA. They knew the rules. There was an easy way to prevent what happened: vaccination.
Peggy Finger, Dallas / Merriman Park
There is always DART
Re: “No parking, no bosses”, by Skip Broussard, Letters of June 26th.
If you seriously miss your favorite restaurant in Deep Ellum, DART will deliver you a few blocks from the restaurant for a $ 6 round trip. You won’t be able to park in front of the front door, but you can get a good meal and some exercise thanks to the short walk.
Jimmie Robertson, Plano
Click on here send a letter to the editor. Make sure to include the sources.