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January 2, 2013

Letters to the Editor - Jan. 2, 2013

An open letter to Rep. King

Dear Representative King,

I am one of your constituents. This is an open letter to you and to everyone interested in good representative government in Texas. Thank you Mr. King for your service in the Texas House since 1998.

We Texans have an extremely important problem in the upcoming session; namely, who should be House Speaker in 2013. The fiasco of the 2011 speaker selection must not be repeated. Normally we-the-people stay out of such internal House matters but when the Legislature fails to protect us and our Republic with essential legislation, the people must act.

Please recall: We-the-people own the government. Elected officials work for we-the-people, that is our system.

The new Texas State Legislative session begins in a few days and a new speaker of the House will be elected as the first order of business. The Speaker is a powerful and extremely important position. I’m confident you would agree with me in this matter.

Shall an elected representative of good character, having demonstrated he responds to the needs of the people of Texas be elected speaker, even though he is relatively new to the House? Or, shall the controversial previous Speaker be re-elected, who demonstrated no desire to facilitate the very popular TSA, anti-groping bill desired by informed voters of Texas?

There is no doubt in my mind that Rep. David Simpson, District 7, of Longview should be elected House Speaker. I first met Mr. Simpson some seven to eight years ago. I have listened to his talks and speeches on at least three occasions. He is a constitutional conservative who we can believe in and Texans are very fortunate to have representing them in Austin. Don’t hold Rep. Simpson back, give him the reins of power and watch the Texas House flourish and produce legislation we urgently need.

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