MORE THAN A GOOD VOTING RECORD IS NEEDED IN AUSTIN
The good news is that our current state representative to the Texas House of Representatives (District 6) has a stellar conservative voting record, and I had high hopes for him.
The bad news is that he has failed to build coalitions necessary to effectively represent our district. In fact, he has created so much ill-will during the short time he has been in office that nearly every bill he was associated with died in committee. His inability (or, unwillingness) to build relationships with his fellow legislators and House leaders should be a red flag to all voters that he cannot effectively advance the interests of our great district.
For instance, I find it alarming that our district almost lost a huge opportunity to address our region’s shortage of pharmacists and a chance to grow UT-Tyler. The recent legislation establishing the new pharmacy school at UT-Tyler was headed for the trash can with our current representative taking the lead. Thankfully, the state representative from Nacogdoches was willing to successively save the UT-Tyler pharmacy school bill in the Texas House during the last session.
As a 12-year former Republican Chairman, I have seen firsthand that it takes the trust and respect of the House leadership and members to get things done in Austin. So I am supporting Skip Ogle as I know him to possess true conservative principles and values.
Furthermore, I am confident in his ability to effectively represent our district’s interests as he has already proven his gift for building productive working relationships in our community.
Please help send Skip to Austin.
John de Noyelles
I was disappointed to read Christine Flowers’ recent column, “Supreme Court case is about speech, not abortion,” on last Thursday’s opinion page.
Actually, it’s not about speech or abortion. It’s about religion.
It should be about personal freedom; freedom from religious or governmental influence and control.
I support an individual’s right to abortion, whether it’s for health, incest, rape, economic or a personal preference for any reason.
And keeping anti-abortionists 35 feet from an abortion clinic is about as effective as the Tyler ordinance restricting smoking within 20 feet from most buildings used by the general public.
As a lifelong Republican, I can no longer support U.S. Sen. John Cornyn because he supported cloture during the “defund Obamacare” debate. He didn’t support his fellow Texas senator, Ted Cruz. In the Bravery Department, Sen. Cornyn is a first cousin to Moses Rose (check your Texas history).
I thank him for his support of the NRA, but how hard will it be to find a Tea Party candidate in Texas who is also a staunch supporter of the NRA and the 2nd Amendment?
It will be as easy as catching fish with dynamite.
Our “duped” Supreme Court ruled that the penalty fee for Obamacare was a tax, although the Democrats argued it was only a fee for not enrolling in Obamacare. The truth is government is forcing people to buy something they don’t want.
Of course people don’t want policies that cost more and are not as good as the coverage they had. Any fool should have been able to see this would harm and even destroy our medical system, our insurance system and even the drug industry. And it will hurt our overall economy. This grows our out-of-control government and harms every citizen, their children and grandchildren.
Vote all these nincompoops out of office.