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Letters to the Editor — Ken Paxton, Tar Heels, Texas women, safety in today’s world

Readers talk about the attorney general running from a subpoena; share a story about the Tar Heels; wonder why Texas women don’t protest like Iranian women are; and didn’t feel safe while shopping.

Was Paxton’s flight enough?

Re: “Paxton saw server as threat — He said he ran away out of concern for his and his family’s safety,” Wednesday news story.

The sight of the chief law enforcement officer of Texas running from a process server while his wife runs interference is another embarrassment for the state of Texas.

Attorney General Ken Paxton has been under indictment on charges of securities fraud since 2015 but has been protected by the 5th Circuit Court that seems to have accepted the Trumpian defense of deny and delay, allowing the case to wallow.

Not bad enough that he has even more charges pending against him, he has the temerity to waste millions of our tax dollars suing the federal government and other states whenever he needs a publicity bump from his base. Texans, what does it take to get you embarrassed enough to throw him out?

Robert Barrese, Dallas

Rules for other people

Ken Paxton runs from being served a subpoena. He claims his safety was at risk. The server identified himself and left a business card. If anyone Paxton was serving a subpoena did this, he would put them in jail.

Business as usual for MAGA/GOP Paxton. Rules and laws are for other people. By the way, when is he coming to trial on his other charges?

Kurt Wolfenbarger, East Dallas

Innocent until proven otherwise

Re: “Support for Paxton unbelievable,” by Dee Wilson, Friday Letters.

Wilson asks eligible Republican voters, “If Ken Paxton were a Democrat, would your deafening silence over indictments continue?” As an eligible Republican voter, my answer is yes, because, unlike Wilson and many Democrats, I believe constitutionally that a person is innocent until proven guilty.

Paxton claims he’s innocent. As an American, Wilson should believe him until proven otherwise.

Donald Jones, Wylie

What about Tar Heels?

Re: “Tracked — How colleges use AI to monitor student protests,” Sunday news story.

I grew up in Durham, N.C., just a few miles from the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I found it interesting to see your references to UNC in this story and that officials at the school were keeping track of social media references to the removal of the statue of Silent Sam, a statue of an anonymous Confederate soldier honoring the hundreds of thousands of also anonymous Confederate soldiers who gave their last full measure.

I find it both humorous and ironic that at the same time UNC continues to refer to themselves as the Tar Heels. History has it that during a Civil War battle, when a North Carolina unit refused to retreat, that Confederate General Robert E. Lee said that they must have tar on their heels.

So if the UNC students want to take down Silent Sam perhaps they should also consider changing their own nickname.

Thomas Palmer, Fairview

What 3 men are doing to Texas

Where are the good people of Texas? Can anyone just decide that they will run away and hide from a court-ordered subpoena, or just edit someone else’s words for a political ad that creates a lie about an opponent?

This and more is happening in Texas now. Also, mostly just three men — Greg Abbott, Dan Patrick and Ken Paxton — have decided what kind of medical care a woman can get, no matter what age she is or what is needed.

These same three men have put all Texans, especially schoolchildren, in extreme danger with very lenient gun laws while reportedly taking large donations from gun manufacturers and gun groups.

In Texas, these three men run away from any accountability because they have the power to do so. Their lack of empathy will lead Texans down a road that has few exits.

Where are the reasonable and moral people, and also where’s the former president who lives here? “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”

Priscilla Dayton, Frisco

We face danger every day

I was shopping at a store at interstate 635 and Midway Road in Dallas Tuesday afternoon when out of the blue I became aware of the dangers facing every one of us in today’s world.

While in the back section of the store, I heard loud angry shouting that raised my heart rate immediately. Cautiously I walked toward the noise and saw a very loud, distraught man gesturing at no one and everyone while yelling at the top of his lungs. My first reaction was to look around for a place to hide if needed and noticed many others seeming to to do the same.

This went on and I was startled to realize that there was absolutely no sign of security at the scene. Slowly he made his way to the exit but that only made me more nervous as I wondered if he would return with a firearm. I still expected to see a security person or law enforcement, but that never happened.

I checked out safely after waiting for a period of calm to take over. We are all subject to danger and must be aware of our surroundings.

Paige E. Jones, Farmers Branch

Get a true grip on the world

Living in the extremely red county of Rockwall, I saw a truck parked along Justin Road with a “Socialism Sucks” bumper sticker on its window. My immediate thought was how quickly this person will sign up for Medicare and Social Security at 65 years old, not realizing that those two programs are socialism in its glory. I wish these people would stop watching biased news stations and get a true grip on the world.

Merceda Winder, Royse City

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