Children deserve protection too
Subject: ‘Armed man targeted by justice – Suspect arrested near Kavanaugh home, angered by leaked opinion’, Thursday’s news story.
This article is simple proof that the GOP does not understand the conditions in which American citizens live. To quote Senator John Cornyn, “The arrest of this person proves that these threats to the lives of judges are chillingly real and that House Democrats are irresponsible to leave their families without police protection for another day.”
Shouldn’t he say, “Every day that they fail to act, the threat to innocent children and all American citizens grows, the potential for tragedy grows more likely, and House Republicans reach a new peak of political dysfunction.”
Cornyn concludes that a GOP-appointed judiciary is more valuable than all the innocent children and citizens who have been slaughtered because Congress is unable to enact sane gun safety measures.
It is time that extreme partisanship ended in this country. We need one government to protect all lives, not just the lives of a few.
Michael Janicek, Dallas/The Cedars
What short-term rentals are not
Subject: “Dallas Shouldn’t Ban Short-Term Rentals – It’s City Council’s Job to Develop Sensible Rules for Single-Family Neighborhoods,” editorial June 1.
I disagree with the notion that Dallas shouldn’t ban short-term rentals in single-family neighborhoods. Single-family homes are owned or leased by long-time residents who take pride in their neighborhoods. Maintaining a comfortable environment in which to live and raise their families is important to the owners of these properties.
Short-term renters don’t care about upkeep in the area because they’ll be gone in a few days. And owners of short-term rentals seem to have little motivation to maintain the property. I also disagree with the editorial’s statement that short-term rentals (in single-family homes) are an integral part of the economy of our big cities. They will only be integrated if the citizens entitled to vote tolerate this bad idea.
Daryl Davis, Dallas
Between a woman and a doctor
Subject: “Philosophy, Not Religion, at Center of Abortion Debate – Let’s Be Serious, Not Self-Righteous, About These Difficult Questions,” by Angela Knobel, Opinion June 6.
In my opinion, it’s pretty obvious that Knobel has an agenda, first in her assertion that the abortion issue is about philosophy (not religion) and second in the questions she asks and how she phrases them. The fact that she teaches at a Catholic university, where over 70% of the students are Catholic, simply confirms this observation and explains her sole focus on the fetus. There is nothing wrong with that, and I applaud your attempt to frame the issue as a philosophical one.
But what about the life of the pregnant woman, without which the fetus would not exist? It seems easy to try to analyze this philosophical subject without acknowledging and confronting their problems, whatever they may be (death, serious injuries, rape, incest, extreme poverty, etc.).
And what about the unwanted children? How will society deal with millions more of them? Not very well if recent reports on the Texas foster care system would suggest it. All these additional factors can lead to very unfair situations for both the pregnant woman and the unwanted children.
I find it utterly silly to focus only on the fetus, which may or may not attain “personhood.” If this really is an unsettled question of philosophy, why not leave this difficult decision to the pregnant woman and her doctor?
Arnold Grothues, Arlington
she let me live
The best I can tell from genealogy sites and state records is that my birth mother was single and had other children. She could have aborted my birth but chose to let me live. She gave me away within a week of my birth and my new parents loved it. I am eternally grateful to have had the privilege of living, graduating from college, serving in the Air Force, serving in military contractors for 45 years, and volunteering thousands of hours at the city, county, state, national, and international levels.
In addition to my time, I have supported many organizations financially. Although I am retired, I continue to volunteer.
I’m sure there are hundreds of people like me who are a little quiet about life when it comes to abortion. We matter and hopefully we have touched someone, served our nation with pride and provided servant leadership. In my view there would be a hidden but measurable loss if I had had an abortion. Since Roe vs. Wade, there have been numerous methods to control conception, so maybe it’s time to allow the conceived to live their lives.
Art Trepanier, sulfur springs
It’s time to ascend
We are at a moment of crisis for access to abortion. Nearly half of all women of childbearing age could lose access to safe, legal abortion in the US after the probable abortion ban if Roe vs. Wade is repealed. Texas SB 8 gave us a preview of what a post-Roe world might look like – a bizarre world where women have little control over whether they bear children.
Abortion is a basic human right.
It is time to support access to abortion in all communities and support policies that improve access to abortion rather than destroying people’s most basic rights from state to state.
Everyone who shares this opinion must vote. It’s time to fight by supporting leaders who protect our rights. If you’ve ever had the idea of dropping out and working for Pro Choice candidates, now is the time.
Julia Austin, Austin
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