Miscarriage of justice
Congratulations to the 16 senators who have succeeded in making Texas look like a banana republic. As a lifelong Republican, former reporter and appointed state official (in another state), I watched with interest the majority of the Ken Paxton impeachment proceedings.
I am appalled at the obvious political maneuvering that was done to acquit this miscreant in what should have been an easy and obvious decision. Hopefully, the feds were watching and will do their duty in correcting this miscarriage of justice.
I am most disgusted with my senator, Tan Parker, one of the group who made a mockery of the right and prudent truth. I (and many of my neighbors) will be supporting anyone opposing him in future elections. Sadly, his political bedfellows have more influence over him than the oath to his constituents, as well as to constitutional and moral duties.
However, I would like to recognize and support the representatives, including Rep. Jeff Leach, and the brave senators in the minority who had the best interests of Texas citizens in mind. Perhaps the Senate needs more like Leach, a true leader who understands the difference between right and wrong and is strong enough to stand for justice?
Nanette White, Coppell
Ashamed to be a Texan
I am disappointed but hardly surprised that Texas senators voted on Saturday to acquit Attorney General Ken Paxton on all of the articles of impeachment. The majority of Republican senators did what was easy and expedient, providing a negative example for the country.
Sadly, the impeachment vote confirmed my cynical and disheartened view of Texas politics. Texas’ three leaders (governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general) have been mean, vindictive and insensitive to the needs of their constituents. Each has been using the Trump and MAGA playbook, placing political fortune above moral, ethical and legal principles.
Watching Paxton’s attorneys during his impeachment trial provides ample evidence of this shameful tendency. For example, both the tone and content of defense attorney Tony Buzbee’s closing statement echoed the former president’s rhetoric lashing out against prosecutors.
I hope American citizens take notice and don’t follow Texas’ lead. I have lived in Texas since 1978. Most of that time I have been a proud citizen of the state. But not today. Like so many days in recent history, I am ashamed to be a Texan.
Richard A. Cherwitz, Austin
Outrage for masks, not guns
An elementary school in Silver Spring, Md., recently instituted a 10-day mask mandate because of an outbreak of COVID-19 infections. Republican politicians reacted with outrage. Fla. Gov. Ron DeSantis said, “They want to muzzle your children. … When I’m President, there will be a reckoning for the harm they’ve done to kids….”
Sen. Ted Cruz tweeted, " If you want to voluntarily wear a mask, fine, but leave our kids the hell alone.” And Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene called masking kids “insanity and child abuse.”
But they don’t have much to say when our school kids are shot by an 18-year old man with semi-automatic weapons. Is that not harmful to kids? Is that not child abuse? Is that not insanity?
It’s the “harm and child abuse” of masks that is important to them.
Lane Anderson, Lubbock
No denying deaths, suffering
Re: “Misinformation causes anxiety,” by Robert P. Smith, Thursday Letters.
Can everyone agree that misinformation is promoted by conservatives and liberals? Probably not. As for the statistics on deaths due to the climate, whether it is this century or the previous century, who knows what the actual numbers are? How do you get actual numbers when many places have no accurate record of the number of people who have died in a disaster?
Also, how many folks have died from natural causes, which may have been heat-related? Or vice versa? Especially in the previous century, before the advances in modern medicine.
I do not know if there were fewer climate-related deaths in the prior century. I was not around. I am around today. So are the folks who are dealing with the effects of the climate. A whole lot more people are around to experience the effects. Hopefully, the advances in construction and knowledge of the climate will save lives.
Also, this past week, estimates are that more than 10,000 people have died in natural disasters of an earthquake and a flood. Climate-related or not, that is sad.
William L. Scholls, Arlington
Work on Texas climate policies
Re: “Conservative voices needed in climate debate — Preservation of the environment for future generations is at the core of family values,” by Susan Atkinson, Sept. 11 Opinion.
A big thank-you to fellow Citizens Climate Lobby volunteer Susan Atkinson for her op-ed. According to the Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation’s report titled, “Texas Can Get to Net-Zero by 2050 and Simultaneously Bolster the Economy,” “The world is decarbonizing … [and] if Texas ignores the challenge to decarbonize its economy, it may eventually face the more difficult challenge of selling carbon-intensive products to customers around the world who do want them.”
In Texas, we should be asking all our elected officials, including my congressman, Pat Fallon, who is a member of the U.S. Conservative Climate Caucus, what policies they support and promote that will best position Texans to participate in the huge economic opportunities of this decade’s long global trend to net-zero.
Richard Howe, Plano