Letters to the Editor – Targeting Books, Dan Patrick, HB 20, Stephan Pastis, Prop 3, Campaign Donors

In search of books

Re: “Legislator aims for books – GOP representative launches survey in libraries, classrooms,” Wednesday’s news story.

This cover story, which describes the efforts of a Texas state attorney general who has been looking for books in public schools that he considers harmful, is more than disturbing. His prey? These books that “may cause students to feel discomfort, guilt, anxiety, or any other form of mental illness.”

This hunt for lone wolves is carried out by rep. Matt Krause, R-Fort Worth, reportedly in his role as chairman of the meaninglessly named Texas House Committee on General Investigations. Surely, the Texas House of Representatives can do better than that for a committee title. Oh, try this for the size: House Committee on Non-Republican Activities.

Kelly Akins, Dallas / Preston Hollow

Make books irresistible

I hate to tell it to the rep. Matt Krause, but the very best way to get a teen to read a book is to ban it. I also have other slogans for him, but I’m biting my tongue for now.

Diana Austin, McKinney

Goes low

Rejoice away from democracy: See how easily we can slide into the abyss? Keep attacking the validity of an election with vitriol, but no relevant facts, and some will be recruited, while many simply reject the effort as typical political rhetoric. When it does not move the needle, then attacking the election process itself makes it harder for those who do not accept certain views to express theirs. Political expediency will pave the way. Attacked a previously inviolable government hall.

If you do not succeed in burning it down, then at least harm it so that it is no longer seen as an open forum for free speech. Slow, selective, unfair prosecution will make it worthwhile. Construct smart laws to make those who have conflicting social opinions guilty of a crime and / or subject to civil sanctions.

Setting up a moral facade, even if it is inconsistent, will pave the way. Attacked further democratic principles by imitating European history from 1920-30 and, as rep. Matt Krause is destroying libraries with harmful (what was then called “degenerative”) works.

Without firm backs that stand straight in strong opposition, there is no limit to how low we can be taken.

Robert M. Lebovitz, North Dallas

Recommended reading

GOP Representative Matt Krause demands to know where certain books are in the Texas school library system and how much was spent on them. I would suggest he go to a library and check out Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451. He may be learning something.

Thomas Kelly, Lantana

Reveal the lie

Re: “Patrick pays 25,000,000 bounty to you – Man gets payslip after reporting illegal vote by a Republican,” October 23 news story.

I have been expecting a stream of opinions on this from our readers, but not yet much feedback. May I be the first?

Lieutenant Dan Patrick has offered a bounty of $ 25,000 to anyone who reveals evidence of electoral fraud. Anyone from anywhere is eligible. Well, it works. And the very first is a gentleman, Eric Frank from Pennsylvania. He became the hero of the day when he uncovered a ne’er-do-well with malicious intent to commit the heinous fraud.

Oh, and I forgot to mention – the perpetrator is a Republican voter. Talk about rubbing salt in my wounds – d’oh! Everyone who has promoted the lie that there is violent election fraud, from the former president to the poor voters, has been Republicans, so sure the evil Democrats were deep inside the non-existent conspiracy.

But as fate would have it, the very first to be revealed was a Republican. Is it not delayed that our legislators in Texas drop their quixotic pursuit and focus on working for the people? Enough is enough.

Richard Street, Carrollton

Just be quiet

Re: “Wait, did it really happen?” by Mary Pritchard, Monday Letters.

The same day that House Bill 20 was questioned in a reader’s letter as “a shock”, two other posts in Dallas Morning News could be noted. First, “The Legislature’s Account Suspended by Twitter.” If Indiana Rep. Jim Banks was a resident of Texas, HB 20 wanted to protect his right to freedom of expression and comments regarding the US Public Health Service Commissioned Corps’ four-star admiral, Dr. Rachel Levine.

In summary, Banks refers to Levine as a man, while Levine identifies as a woman, so Twitter suspended Banks’ account. This raises the question, are we entitled to freedom of expression, or only on certain platforms?

Another gripping commentary on the use of social media comes from the esteemed author and illustrator Stephan Pastis, author of the thought-provoking cartoon. Pearls before pigs. In Monday’s strip, Rat draws an ascending graph of the world’s progress from people walking upright, through the first use of tools, to the use of electricity. The graph is crashing sharply when it comes to the emergence of social media.

Thank you, Mr Pastis. What if we looked at it this way? Maybe it stems from what is in the heads and hearts of each and every one of us. Maybe it’s time to be quiet and know it.

Andy Williams, McKinney

Churches saved lives

During the pandemic, many responsible churches closed their doors and served their congregations by going online and avoiding crowds. They prevented turning church attendance into a spreading event. I believe that these actions saved many lives and in no way affected the ability of their congregation to worship. I do not see at all the need for Proposition 3 and to allow anyone to opt out of a law that binds us all, puts them above the law – an unusually bad idea.

Kate French, Waxahachie

Follow the money

To limit a contribution to $ 100 per. a valid registered voter for a person running for public office would help get this country back on track as a true democracy. Today, too many of our politicians are “bought and paid for” and respond only to large and extremely large financial contributors.

Charley Canfield, University Park

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