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Letters to the editor, July 17

Can’t fix stupid

Bubba called. Said this hot weather enabled him to get that wheat crop cut. Being so busy, said he got behind on the news and way behind on sleep. The Kid got a real introduction to cutting wheat and hauling grain. That’s some hot and dusty work.

Bubba picked up on that story of Texas turning silver [DRC, 6-16] and got him to thinking that a 70s-aged person should have been preparing for retirement about 35-40 years prior to retirement. Like, say a 401(k), IRA, investments, government bonds, etc.

Bubba had trouble with the story out of Nashville of a man fathering 22 children with 14 women and taxpayers shelling out more than $7,000 a month to take care of those “families.” Bubba made a suggestion for a cure of this guy fathering more kids and I told him that was against the law.

Bubba said today’s job market calls for degrees in science, math, engineering and computer technology and Americans are graduating with degrees in basket weaving, hospitality and polar bear counting, while carrying student loan debt in the tens of thousands. But wait, these are the twits who voted for Obama and he’s the guy killing the job market. Guess you can’t fix stupid, even with a degree.

“Screw up, cover up, move up” seems to be the way the Obama administration works. Watch Fox News for the real news. Oh, by the way, ACORN morphed into other programs that are still on the government dole.

Alice Gore,



In states whose marijuana laws conflict with federal law, the federals may be reluctant to prosecute because they fear the power of a single juror to prevent a unanimous vote of guilty and the publicity that would result. That could ignite a kind of revolution against tyrannical government on many fronts.

In a recent DRC column was a Thomas Jefferson quotation, “To consider the judges as the ultimate arbiters of all constitutional questions ... would place us under the despotism of an oligarchy.” Another DRC writer declared the four “boxes” of resistance to tyranny: soap box, ballot box, jury box and cartridge box. George Washington warned that government is “a dangerous servant and a fearful master.”

I am for jurors and everyone else trying to apply the Declaration of Independence — “Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” for everyone. Government should only be able to get a criminal conviction when 12 jurors are individually convinced of guilt beyond a reasonable doubt; a lot of jurors don’t act as individuals, and government can sometimes “stack” the jury by striking out those who might question its case. Still, this is the quietest, cheapest and least violent means of keeping our government within limits. Our personal judgment regarding justice is superior to the judges’ pronouncements. Onward.

Ross Melton Jr.,


Look at all sides

Lee Nahrgang [DRC, July 3] had some interesting points. I heartily agree with his opinions on “can-do” and limited government. My head was nodding through his observations of oppression because he included private and public entities. What stopped me was his Wendy Davis reference.

I guess can-do and limited government attitude stops when it’s something that he doesn’t agree with. I heartily applaud the goings on in Austin. It gives me hope for our democratic system.

This particular battle was not started by an organized group, but by individual concerned citizens. This particular battle was not “yelling and screaming.” This particular battle went on for many hours in a democratic, respectful way until the very end when the public had enough of elected officials trying to circumvent the democratic system.

If you’ve read what the “new rules” are for the next special session, it should make your blood boil that the system is able to so effectively shut down our personal freedom to speak to issues. Honestly, compared to our last major social changes (Vietnam, civil rights and women’s rights), this was nothing.

Personally, I’m glad that people got off their electronic devices, stopped forwarding things to people, and actually went out in person to be counted. Makes me sorry I wasn’t a part of this grass-roots movement.

I only hope that some of those complacent representatives who think they know what’s best for us at all times begin to look at all sides. The truth is usually somewhere in the middle.

Danna Zoltner,