WE NEED LESS DIVISIVE DISCOURSE, FEWER DIVISIVE LEADERS
As the divide in our country continues to grow, I fear for the future generations of Americans to come. I retired from military service in 1993.
My heart aches for our country I served for 30 years. The political discourse at hand seems to be influenced less and less by the people of the United States and more by the self-importance of those elected to office.
The political grandstanding we see today has reduced the legislative process to something that resembles a childish game of a staring contest.
Now it’s apparent that even our recently elected state representative, Matt Schaefer, has become so abrasive that even his effort to pass a simple bill for our pharmacy school failed. Luckily, the representative from Nacogdoches carried the water for our community and successfully passed the bill for UT-Tyler.
We desperately need effective conservative leadership and that is why I hope that Skip Ogle is our next representative. Skip has a proven record of servant leadership in our community. As an advocate for a successful, Tyler-based employer, Skip was able to help create jobs and promote our community. Many of us have asked Skip to take this to the highest level and be an effective advocate for our entire community as our representative so that we can regain a seat of respect in the Texas House of Representatives.
David E. Pierson
State Rep. Matt Schaefer is not the problem — the problem is the cronyism of the entrenched political process in Austin. As your recent article pointed out, the Texas Speaker of the House wields an untold amount of power.
Schaefer’s HB 1610 was a good bill, but because he had the audacity to support a more conservative candidate for Speaker of the House, his bill was not allowed out of committee. So it is with anyone who opposes the political power elites and their lobbyist supporters.
Sen. Ted Cruz faces the same scenario in Washington.
There is one word that sums up Matt Schaefer and that is integrity.
Regarding your recent editorial on Hobby Lobby’s case before the U.S. Supreme Court, corporations are not people. Instead, they are legal fictions created to protect investors from various types of liabilities which real people otherwise might encounter.
Corporations can’t vote, can’t serve in the armed forces nor can they serve on juries. By glibly declaring them “people” entitled to First Amendment protections, you conflate the real and only “religion” of corporations — profits — with the precious freedom guaranteed to practice any religion or no religion. That freedom is there for owners of corporations but not for the corporate charter which, after all, is a piece of paper.
I read with interest your recent editorial on climate change skepticism. As an atmospheric chemist (I worked 40 years ago with the man who coined the term “global warming” — Dr. Wallace Broecker) and as co-principal investigator with Carl Sagan’s boss at Cornell — Dr. Thomas Gold, I can emphatically say man-caused global warming is a hoax of the highest order. Just because movie stars and power-grabbing politicians repeat a lie frequently enough through a complicit media, does not make a falsehood fact.
Man is presumptuous in the extreme to believe, short of nuclear conflagration, that he can contribute more than a tiny fraction of earth’s climate natural fluctuations. Concomitantly, that man’s actions to reduce emissions could even be measurable with the most sophisticated instruments.
I’m ashamed to know geoscientists who compromise their objectivity and sacrifice their reputation to board the ship of federal science funding that promotes such a sinister agenda and attack on our way of life.