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Letters to the editor, August 23

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Time to remove Straus

The Texas Senate twice voted (21-10) to pass a bathroom bill. In the regular session, 81 of 150 House members co-authored a bathroom bill.

Gov. Abbott and Lt. Gov. Patrick support a bathroom bill, as do the vast majority of Texans, who elected our leaders.

Republican House Speaker Joe Straus admits it could pass if pushed on members but has refused throughout both sessions to assign bathroom bills to committees or allow a House vote on them.

One man is defying the entire state and destroying our democratic process.

Hundreds of religious leaders brought a letter to state legislators signed by 1,000 Texas pastors who support this bill. The Bible says God created male and female (Genesis 1:27). God's moral law forbids cross-dressing. It is abomination to God (Deuteronomy 22:5 KJV).

Nature itself exposes transgender lies.

Have some House members, for political expediency, publicly supported a bathroom bill knowing they would never be held accountable while Straus is speaker? The Texas House should do the right thing and act, with courage and integrity, to protect the innocence, modesty and safety of Texas children and women.

Texans should demand a House bathroom bill vote and the removal of Straus as speaker.

Michael Ellis,

Electric cars

Doesn't it warm your heart when you can drive an electric car and think you are helping save the planet even though you must recharge it with an electric outlet powered by gas or coal?

Solar supplies less than 1 percent of U.S. electric power.

Rush Limbaugh related a grim fact about the batteries used to power electric cars: The lithium is mined in countries where slave labor is used.

Some of those slaves are children as young as 8 years old and living in squalid conditions and suffering physical abuse.

Another problem is disposal of the worn-out batteries, which is a real environmental issue.

But, hey, you are helping save the planet. Give yourself a big gold star and help yourself to some federal taxpayer dollars to subsidize the purchase of the "earth friendly" vehicle.

Drive with your head held high regardless of some little kid slaving away in some rock mine in some forsaken country.

Alice Gore,