Weatherford Democrat

July 5, 2013

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Don't change the rules

Weatherford Democrat

Don’t change the rules

Dear Editor,

As children, we’re taught that cheating is against the rules, plain and simple. As adults, many of us work to instill this value in children. We want them to play fair, and follow the rules even if it doesn’t go their way. As the old adage goes, “Cheaters never win.”

Gov. Perry, Lt. Gov. Dewhurst and their allies in the legislature must have missed this lesson. And Texas women could pay the price. Perry and Dewhurst have resorted to cheating and deception to push their abortion bill that will hurt the health of many women across the state.

We demand that Gov. Perry and Lt. Gov. Dewhurst stop changing the rules. Cheating is no way to make laws for Texas. If the governor and his allies can’t pass a law fairly under the rules, we can’t let them cheat their way to victory. Here in Texas, cheaters never win.


Janell Jenkins, Garland

Men have no say on abortion

Dear Editor,

It’s amazing that Perry, Dewhurst, et al, go to such bullying lengths to deny women their rights, choice, voice and votes using dirty politics.

Their tactics are nothing but lies but educated Texas people see right through their schemes. If they were so “right” there would be no need for such a fight. They need to listen to what over half of Texas citizens are saying about a woman’s right to choose her life’s path just as they allow men to choose theirs.

The whole situation is insulting. What about the laws that affect the other half of this equation, the males who helped cause pregnancies? Their silence on this matter speaks volumes and show men like Perry, Dewhurst, et al, as the hypocrites they are. They care nothing for women or children but their pocket books and power. There were some women at the last session but many more will be at the next.

Women (both Republicans and Democrats) are fed up with step lock, condescending behavior.

When a man can get pregnant, carry and raise a child to adulthood then they can talk. Until then they have no voice in this.


Cathy Williams, Dallas

Texas women matter

Dear Editor,

The saddest day in Texas history occurred last Thursday (June 27). As the world watched Texas politicians were openly cheating on the Senate floor.

Every woman deserves a voice. Texas women matter. I stand with Wendy.


Rebecca Cox MacDonald, Chico

My body, my choice

Dear Editor,

As a mother, daughter and wife I believe in women having the choice to legal abortion.

What is happening in Texas is based on religious opinion and not the law. I hope Texas women will see how this bill hurts women health. No one can tell me what I should do with my body except for me.

Stop changing the rules, Gov. Perry.

Jacqueline Turner, Grapevine

Twain’s slavery position misunderstood

Dear Editor,

As most Americans find the scandal built around something Paula Deen said over two decades ago to be hypocritical foolishness, I am reminded of one of the “classic” examples of the same kind of politically correct hogwash.

Only a few days ago, I was talking to a recent high school graduate and asked her what she knew about Mark Twain. Basically she had heard the name but that was it.

Several years ago, the books of one of America’s greatest writers, Mark Twain, were removed from many school libraries because, in his books, he uses the “N” word. No one bothered to mention that Twain was a lifelong abolitionist who actively spoke out for the rights of the black man and fought against slavery.

This first came to my knowledge when I watched a movie about one of Twain’s lesser known books titled “Pudd’nhead Wilson.” The evil of slavery was clearly revealed in this work.

In Twain’s better-known works, he was more subtle. He wrote stories that both the pro-slavery and the anti-slavery folks would enjoy. In Huckleberry Finn, one of the main characters was “N… Jim.” Jim was a slave and Huck’s close friend. When Jim sought to escape to freedom, Huck assisted him. The readers on both sides of the slavery issue found themselves hoping that Jim would succeed in his quest for freedom. This was Mark Twain’s intention. He was generating sympathy for the slave.

In visiting Twain’s Connecticut home, I was surprised to learn that Twain’s next door neighbor was none other than Harriett Beecher Stowe, the author of “Uncle Tom’s Cabin.” Twain and Stowe worked together in their efforts against slavery. The books of both authors contained the “N” word. But whereas Stowe’s “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” was a blatant attack against slavery, Twain’s works were more subtle, trying to open the eyes of readers who weren’t thinking about slavery one way or the other.

Stowe’s works are honored in our schools. Twain’s are not. What asinine foolishness.

This is only one of many examples of how politically correct insanity has robbed the younger generation of a good education in favor of political extremism. God have mercy on us!

Steve Casey, Stonewall, La.