Weatherford Democrat

July 18, 2013

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Proud of leaders who stood for life

Weatherford Democrat

Proud of leaders who stood for life

Dear Editor,

Texas made history last week when the Texas Legislature passed the largest single piece of pro-life legislation in the United States.

I am so grateful to live in the state of Texas where our leaders are willing to stand up against unprecedented opposition to defend life. Over the past several months, I have been blessed to have the opportunity to work with Carol Everett and play a small part in the passage of this bill.

There have been so many ups and downs over this pro-life legislation. Since January, I have watched this legislation gain support, slowly die, and then be brought back to life so many times. Through the emotional highs and lows, we continued working and praying, never giving up hope that God could work a miracle in Texas and save the lives of countless women and unborn babies in Texas.

During the past months, I have had the opportunity to sit in on numerous committee hearings and floor debates. I have worked with several major pro-life groups, met with many of the conservative senators and representatives, and heard the passionate stories of courageous men and woman who have amazing personal experiences to share. I watched Sen. Glenn Hegar stand tirelessly for hours while boldly and courageously defending life.

I saw Rep. Jodie Laubenberg go head-to-head with the most pro-abortion member of the Texas House. I witnessed Gov. Perry and Lt. Gov. Dewhurst passionately stand for life and refuse to give up the fight. I listened as Democrat Sen. Eddie Lucio Jr. passionately stood in his blue suit and supported life, even when his fellow democrat Senators did not. I sat as senators Donna Campbell and Charles Schwertner, representatives Bryan Hughes and Greg Bonnen and many others courageously joined in the fight and unashamedly stood for life.

Texas could have given up on several occasions, but chose to continue the fight. We didn’t give up when the Democrats successfully blocked the bill during the regular session. We didn’t give up when we were outnumbered in committee hearings and in the gallery. We didn’t give up when the clock ran out on the first special session. We didn’t give up when Planned Parenthood rallied their followers and brought in outside support. We didn’t give up when the Democrat legislators filibustered, submitted amendments and stalled with points of order and parliamentary inquiries for as long as they could. We didn’t give up when we were yelled at, spit on and called names. We quietly continued our work, called in reinforcements, and prayed for the miracle we knew only God could provide.

Today I am grateful that God has given me the opportunity to play even a small part in this process. It has been an incredible experience to witness firsthand what God can do when we are faithful and obedient to follow the path he has laid before us. I am also thankful for the men and women in Texas leadership who have stood strong in the face of opposition. They held to their convictions and never backed down.

This morning I woke up reminded of how blessed I am to call Texas my home. This truly is a great state, and I will miss living here as I leave for University of Denver law school in a couple of weeks. However, I know this is the path that God has laid before me and I will likely be back in Texas in a few years to rejoin the fight.

Looking back over the past few months, I know that all the glory must be given to God. Without Him, none of this would have been possible. I am just grateful that He chose to include me in the work he was doing in Texas.

What an incredible experience!

 To God be the glory!

Elizabeth Davidson, Georgetown

Better treatment of elderly, disabled and veterans needed

Dear Editor,

God has asked us to, “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.” Proverbs 31:8-9

This should apply to every Christian, including our government elect. But our elderly, our disabled and our veterans are poorly cared for in the name of money and convenience.

Caregivers (sitters, foster care and HCS group homes, ICF-MR homes, state-supported living centers state hospitals) should be properly trained and certified and should have CPR certification and held accountable just like certified nursing aides and nurses are through the Department of Aging and Disability Services. Random drug testing, at least three times a year, should be required for all who work with our elderly, our disabled and our veterans.

I am asking all to go to the Lord to pray and petition for better care for our elderly, our disabled and our veterans.

God bless,

Deb Collins, Olney

The facts support Zimmerman verdict

Dear Editor,

Surely, everyone knows by now that George Zimmerman has been found not guilty of second-degree murder and manslaughter in the death of Trayvon Martin. Since the jury was bound to judge the case based on Florida criminal law, I must agree with their verdict.

When I first started watching this trial, I thought that the defense was somehow presenting its case first. Prosecution witness after witness basically said Zimmerman’s account of the incident was true and generally accurate. The only witness that really contradicted Zimmerman said she saw Zimmerman shoot Martin in the back. However, the medical examiner testified that Martin was shot once in the chest and not in the back. Which places her entire account in doubt.

The chief investigating police officer testified that he thought Zimmerman was telling the truth, because the physical evidence and witnesses did not contradict his account. If that was not enough, the same police officer testified that he only recommended charges against Zimmerman, because he was told to do so by his superiors.

The only real evidence presented by the prosecution were minor inconsistencies in Zimmerman’s accounts to the police and reporters. Inconsistencies like those are to be expected in any truthful account of a traumatic event. If there had been no minor differences in his account, that would indicate a pre-constructed, memorized and false account.

Zimmerman said he saw Martin from his car, called police several times and then left his car and followed Martin into a dark dog path, between apartments, where Martin confronted him and attacked him with his fist. This account was supported by the head and face injuries Zimmerman received and the total lack of injuries on Martin, with the exception of the gunshot wound to the chest. The only close witness, about 20 feet away, testified that Martin was on top of Zimmerman, either punching him or slamming his upper body against the ground or sidewalk. He also said it was Zimmerman who was calling for help.

This “prosecution” witness destroyed the state’s case against Zimmerman. By Florida law, a person only has to “feel” threatened to legally use deadly force to stop an aggressor. No weapon or bodily contact is required. This “stand your ground law” makes proving murder or manslaughter extremely difficult if there is no other felony chargeable to the survivor and no firsthand witnesses.

Florida’s, and many other states’ firearm and use of force laws, are an invitation for deadly violence. Do you think Zimmerman would have followed Martin into a dark passageway if he had not felt the added security of a firearm? Would he have violated the standard community crime watch rule of not carrying firearms while on patrol? However, these are errors of judgment and not violations of Florida’s criminal law.

Trayvon Martin also used bad judgment by not just continuing to walk home, instead of confronting Zimmerman. Martin crossed the line between bad judgment and criminal acts, when he attacked Zimmerman.

There is talk of bringing Zimmerman to federal court on criminal or civil rights violations. But I believe if anyone else is to be judged, it should be the Florida governor and legislators who created this nightmare of gun carry and use of force laws. They wrote the script for this tragedy, Zimmerman and Martin just acted out the parts.

Texas has very similar laws governing firearms and use of force, which actually encourage deadly violence instead of discouraging it.


Dennis Tilly, Weatherford