Reader Responses, July 5

Published on Thursday, 4 July 2013 23:42 - Written by


When then-Sen. Obama ran the first time in 2008, he was considered a rock star who gave excellent speeches and he convinced many people, including the main stream media, he had the leadership ability to correct all the evils caused by past administrations. He was, however, never vetted by the media or anybody else. Now that we see his true colors, he has lost all respect by the majority of the American people for the fact he is not a leader and his honesty is always in question.

We have a country with a stumbling economy, which is only slightly getting better after four years, and he is, through executive order, instructing the EPA to do away with the coal industry because of the myth of global warming.

This will result in hundreds of thousands of job losses. How is that doing anything for our economy other than wrecking it further?

Another example of his willingness to destroy our economy is his refusal to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline construction which would create more jobs and make our country energy self-sufficient in just a few years. The last example, of course, is Obamacare. It cannot be allowed to go into operation because, by itself, it will devastate our economy and country with no possibility of saving it.

Our Congress better get a backbone and begin stopping this president by not funding Obamacare, the IRS and the EPA.

James W. Blair Jr.



Your recent criticism of those vocal and passionate supporters of state Sen. Wendy Davis’s filibuster of Rick Perry’s bill was, to say the least, a tad hypocritical given your pious pronouncements in the past about the righteousness of much more riotous behavior by Tea Party groups during their flash mob shenanigans at congressional town hall meetings.

I suppose the difference is plain to everyone watching the Austin debate, as it pits mostly women protesters from all ages, races and backgrounds against old, white, male Republicans trying mightily to go further right than any potential opponent.

Otis Carroll



Isn’t it funny how Hollywood actors and actresses find nothing wrong with moving in together and having children out of wedlock yet are the strongest proponents of the right of homosexuals to legally marry.

I personally think that after this group experiences enough nasty divorces and custody battles, they’ll be asking themselves if it all was worth it.

Michael M. Miller



When I moved to Tyler in 1957, to the best of my recollection, Gilbert’s El Charro was the only Mexican restaurant in town. For young couples, ending up at El Charro after a Saturday night partying at the Country Tavern was a ritual. If you chose El Charro for lunch, it was also a good idea to arrive early to get a table or booth.

Several years later, El Chico opened a restaurant at Fifth Street and Beckham Avenue. I don’t think it had a major impact on El Charro, but to stay ahead of competition they opened a second location at Fifth Street and the Loop 323.

In the years following that, the floodgates opened. I can’t remember when I started losing count of the Mexican restaurants, but if I could win the jackpot today by naming them, I couldn’t do it.

It seems a little sad that progress always engenders a few casualties.

Hugh Neeld