Paxton an embarrassment
Re: “AG: No to mail-in ballots — Paxton says officials offering them to voters with virus concerns can be prosecuted,” Saturday news story.
Ken Paxton continues to be bad for Texas and his ethics reflect a “good ol’ boy” network gone bad. Not withstanding three felony indictments still pending, his ongoing use of his political office to help both his political contributors and himself is certainly grounds for a Texas Ethics Commission investigation.
He is an opportunist who now endeavors to sequester the Texas vote. What happened to “three strikes, you’re out?” Having just recently written letters in the capacity of his office to influence the opening of Colorado to $2 million worth of financial contributors and friends, he now seeks to undermine our democracy for his political benefit.
For the record, Oregon has overwhelming support of its mail-in ballot system among Republicans. It is time for a new attorney general in Texas, and removing Paxton from office is long overdue. It matters not whether you advocate for an “R” or “D” agenda, our attorney general should represent the legal rights of all residents of our state. Paxton’s ethics do not represent the honesty of Texans and are an embarrassment to the office he holds.
Todd C. Howard, Dallas
Denying mail votes immoral
In mid-March I sent an email to the Texas Elections Division asking about voting by mail during this pandemic. I received the following response.
“One of the grounds for voting by mail is disability. The Election Code defines “disability” to include “a sickness or physical condition that prevents the voter from appearing at the polling place on election day without a likelihood of needing personal assistance or of injuring the voter’s health.” (Sec. 82.002) If a voter believes they meet this definition, they can submit an application for ballot by mail.”
Now Attorney General Ken Paxton threatens election officials with criminal prosecution if they allow mail voting by people who would not qualify if there were no pandemic. I believe this is wrong both legally and morally. There is a pandemic. And one of the first duties of government is to protect the health and safety of its citizens.
David J. Plazak, Arlington
Cherry-picking case numbers
Re: “Experts: Texas’ plan lacks details — Reopening outline has no triggers for easing or tightening measures,” Wednesday news story.
Cherry-picking, anyone? In his April 27 news conference, Gov. Greg Abbott said “the data” showed a reduction in new COVID-19 cases in Texas over the past “17 days.” But why 17 days? Why not 14 or 21 days?
Here’s one possibility — those numbers didn’t support the decision he wanted to make!
According to the texas.gov/dshs website, on April 26, the day before Abbott’s announcement, there were 858 new COVID-19 cases in Texas. On April 13 (14 days before his April 27 announcement), there were 422 new cases, less than half of the April 26th number. On April 6 (21 days before his announcement) the number of new cases was 480, still too low.
But on April 10 (the magical 17 days before his announcement) there had been a spike in the number of new cases, to 1,440. Aha! This could explain why Abbott chose 17 days — nothing else would work!
As Mark Twain said, “There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies and statistics.”
As small business owner, I earnestly want to see our economy reopen. But let’s do it safely. And honestly!
Jon Bullock, Colleyville
Do as you say, leaders
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and Attorney General Ken Paxton have encouraged and allowed businesses across the state to begin reopening despite rising coronavirus numbers. Just wondering if anyone saw them dining out last Friday night in a restaurant or in a mall shopping for new shoes? Has anyone seen them meeting and shaking hands with “Open Texas” protesters?
Come on guys, you want Texas to reopen, lead the way. Get your families and go out for dinner, go to the malls, meet and greet your supporters, or are you afraid you’ll be exposed to the coronavirus? Put your money where your mouth is.
Danny Barnes, East Dallas
Texas grows but doesn’t plan
Just as the pandemic began I went to a Department of Public Safety Driver License Mega Center in Garland to renew my driver’s license. I had to go in person because of my age. I sat for seven hours in a petri dish of humanity. Some were standing because there were no seats available due to the crowd.
When I finally was called back to renew, I saw numerous cubicles vacant. This problem has been discussed on numerous occasions with no results. Republicans boast of how many people are coming to Texas, but they do not provide the infrastructure to accommodate them. We need to throw them out of office and let others try to repair this problem.
Craig H. Berry II, Highland Park
Partisan all around
Re: “Bush’s call for unity angers Trump,” Monday news story.
George W. Bush offered a thoughtful, kind, non-partisan commentary to unite the people of our country in fighting COVID-19 and supporting all persons affected by this heinous pandemic. Donald Trump turned it around to be a commentary on himself, asking why Bush didn’t ask for non-partisanship during the recent impeachment hearings.
Did it ever occur to Trump that the Republicans were just as partisan as the Democrats? If there had been no partisanship in the Senate, might the outcome of the impeachment hearings been a guilty verdict? Is there anything that Trump won’t say or do to take the lowest possible road?
Vivian Bush, Ovilla
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