Letters to the Editor – Gov. Greg Abbott’s voting plans, term limits, the Ted Cruz advertisement, Dallas County vaccine effort, stimulus checks
False beliefs about electoral fraud
Subject: “Abbott wants to tighten restrictions on postal voting. Despite “no math” showing fraud, he says steps will alleviate concerns, “said Metro & Business on Wednesday.
Governor Greg Abbott wants to “alleviate concerns” by introducing legislation to prevent election fraud. This is despite the fact that countless investigations since the election have found no significant fraud. All his legislative proposals will do is affirm and strengthen existing false beliefs that electoral fraud affected the 2020 elections.
These false beliefs, backed by former President Donald Trump and others, have already resulted in violence and death, as well as a historic attack on the U.S. Capitol. If only Texas had a governor who was able to develop basic reasoning skills instead of just having “pandering skills”!
Louise Delano, Richardson
Keep the hippos away
I admire Governor Greg Abbott’s preventive zeal to protect our elections. It’s almost as important as having no liars and crooks on the ballot at all. And it reminds me of a neighbor when I first moved to Texas. He had a big red X on every door of his lake house and barn. When I asked why he said, “To keep the hippos out.” When I discovered that there really never were hippos in Texas Lakes, he said, “See?”
Robert M. Lebovitz, Dallas
Learn from other states
In his speech on the state, Governor Greg Abbott said again, following the Republican Game Book, “Every election we have has raised concerns about electoral fraud.” The only reason people are concerned is because Republicans keep repeating that lie. Abbott must have learned this technique from our former president.
While serving as attorney general, Abbott’s own $ 1.4 million study of election fraud found minimal violations. I would have more respect for these Republicans if they just came out and admitted that their policies couldn’t win elections because they don’t have any. Oppressing voters and denigrating postal ballot papers are the only ways it can be successful.
Governor, please call your colleagues in Oregon, Washington, Utah, Hawaii, and Colorado to find out how they conduct postal and fraud-free elections.
Hans Voorn, Frisco
Support for the acceptance of term restrictions
Subject: “Cruz gives tenure limits one more try – Proposed change would limit terms in Senate and House of Representatives,” News of Jan. 28 and “Tenure Limits Adopted” by Richard T. Hevey, January 28 letters.
I agree with Senator Ted Cruz and Stevey’s letter that the time has come to limit the terms of office of U.S. Senators and officials. Two terms of six years for a senator and four terms of two years for a representative are more than enough time to represent them. We have to end career politicians who are indebted to so many lobbyists and big money groups rather than their voters. Let our elected US officials know how we are feeling.
Carol Zinn, Dallas
This is freedom of the press?
In my 40 years of reading the Dallas Morning News, I have never seen a full-page paid ad in the paper publicly defaming one of our elected senators. I understand “freedom of speech” and “freedom of the press” but The News seems to be somewhat selective about what to choose to print or advertise.
You may not agree with Ted Cruz’s actions, but I can assure you that regardless of past or future actions, he will abide by the United States Constitution. Cruz is probably one of the foremost legal scholars in the constitution.
I care deeply when a person can buy an ad in our local newspaper to destroy a person’s character, career and livelihood. So does this mean The News will allow me to purchase a full page ad defaming President Joe Biden for destroying thousands of people and making a career by eliminating the Keystone pipeline? This is freedom of the press, right?
Lynda H. Leake, Dallas / Uptown
Cruz must resign
Who could miss Wednesday’s full-page ad at the front of the Dallas Morning News? Rafael (Ted) Cruz wore a “Come and Take It” face mask to the inauguration of President Joe Biden just two weeks after our Capitol coup attempt. He voted to block the fair and lawful election of Biden. Our constitution doesn’t support that. He misled Texans about the election. He doesn’t work for us. He only works for himself. He is a threat to our democracy. He has to resign.
Kathy Candelaria, grapevine
Miss Dallas residents
Subject: “Dallas County, City Officials Keep Shooting Over Shooting,” Wednesday message.
Wednesday’s newspaper said, “The Denton County effort was made possible by an excess of vaccines the state sent to both Denton and Collin counties this week.” I conclude that Denton and Collin counties were entrusted with the excess vaccines because they showed they could get vaccine shots in their arms.
Meanwhile, Dallas County is effectively denying its residents access to excess vaccines because its politicians have fought over turf and things like the metaphysics of zip code justice. In the meantime, Dallas residents are missing out on the chance to receive excess vaccination shots.
Competition is a good thing. Compared to the accomplishments of Counties Collin and Denton, Dallas County’s politicians are significantly less competent. I don’t know who’s screwing this up in the commission court or city council, but everyone should better sort it out or face the legitimate anger of voters.
Joe Dannenmaier, Dallas
Consider donating your check
Subject: “Send help to those who need it” by Charles G. Griffith, Sunday Letters.
I agree with Griffith’s suggestion that stimulus checks be sent only to those in need. But for those of us blessed not to need these checks, the solution could be to invest them instead of investing them to donate to charities that work to help the victims of the pandemic.
Charles Vaughn, Sherman
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