Letters to the editor, July 18

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Constitutional criticism

Mr. Melton has reopened the incredibly inane discussion of whether or not Jefferson, Spencer or Jesus would approve of or use seat belts [DRC, July 5].

There is mention of all sorts of instances, such as health care, speed limits, etc. not included in the Texas Constitution. I suppose this is the new and reworked Texas Constitution?

I had the impression there was little not included in the old Texas Constitution.

Many years ago, and very young, I was working in a research museum in the north of Norway and found myself held responsible for the awfulness of the Texas Constitution.

I had no idea what those people were talking about; I had yet to take my Texas government class at UT. I was informed by all the scientists that our Texas Constitution was known worldwide as the best example of how not to write one.

At the time, I figured that was an exaggeration. Later, after finishing college and moving to Denton (1964), I found myself voting on a state constitutional amendment that would allow an elderly couple in Tarrant County to keep their goat.

I voted for the goat.

Elinor Johansen,

Denton


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