Letters to the editor, March 13

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Good grief

Many letters to the editor in the DRC and talks with people in Denton make current the idea that we live in a tyranny, that “they” do all kinds of unaccountable things to ruin what one is assured is the greatest nation in the world (the cognitive dissonance is breathtaking).

Finally, on Page 2 of the DRC on March 3, there was an article about the banning of plastic bags in Austin stores. The final paragraph makes explicit one of these fascistic, statist intrusions:

“There is nothing wrong with plastic bags,” said Virgil Rohleck, a Walmart shopper who carried his groceries out of the store in his hands. “It’s just another thing they are putting on people to take away their rights.”

Am I to assume that we have inalienable rights under the Constitution to be provided plastic/paper carry bags at stores? Is the banning of such bags part of the anti-Christian, humanist push to promote the agenda of tree-hugging, climate-change fanatics? Good grief. No wonder people are worried. No telling what “they” will think of next.

Elinor Johansen,




Cavalier approach

The latest e-mail from Congressman Michael Burgess shows an unfortunate lack of concern for millions of people who will be negatively impacted from the cuts of the sequestration. How easy it is for those who have plenty to take such a cavalier approach to this problem. These cuts are being done with an ax, not a scalpel, and as a result, there will be plenty who suffer from them.

Jobs will be lost as $118.8 million more is cut from school budgets and military families will see pink slips and cuts in pay as $534.8 million is cut from their budget.

Health care costs will rise as families become high risk from budget cuts to clean air and water programs to the tune of $10.7 million, and elderly people confined to their homes will have to forego the one nutritional meal a day they receive from the Meals on Wheels program that will experience a $3.5 million cut.

No, people like Burgess may not feel the impacts of these cuts and many others who support him may think so, too. But the areas mentioned above are likely to impact at least one in four of us in some way, and if you are already struggling to make ends meet, get ready to sacrifice more. In the meantime, the wealthy corporations are protected from any further tax cuts.

Through tax loopholes, many actually pay no taxes at all. This is what Congressman Burgess is really fighting for.

Larry Beck,


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