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The Galveston County Daily News : Letters To Editor

October 31, 2014

Letters To Editor

Friday 10/31/2014
Insurance agents are also well compensated

When Sen. Larry Taylor questioned Judge Susan Criss’ judicial integrity (“Faircloth a trustworthy candidate,” The Daily News, Oct. 26), he was merely parroting the spin his bosses, the insurance industry, have furnished him.

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What is GOP teaching young voters?

Darts — bars to polling locations ... wow (“Political darts thrown over GOP polling activity, offends local Democrats,” The Daily News, Oct. 28). Is it because the GOP doesn’t plan or doesn’t think ... we accept their apologies, but we understand the other party’s dismay.

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Do we need another attorney in the House?

The Texas Legislature was recently compared to a henhouse with two foxy insurance guys threatening the unprotected chickens (“We don’t need two foxes in the hen house,” The Daily News, Oct. 30). Actually, there would be two separate henhouses, since Larry Taylor is in the Senate and the election is about the House of Representatives.

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Criss out of touch on key issues

Susan Criss has been overcome with an apparent election year conversion to being our nonpartisan savior. You will not find the word “Democrat” on any of her campaign literature, signs or website. In her own words, though, Susan Criss describes herself as a “very, very, very partisan Democrat.”

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Thursday 10/30/2014
Is this retaliation against on judge or entire judiciary?

I recently read that Judge Kimberly Sullivan was forced to file a lawsuit against the commissioners court because her annual salary was reduced (“Meeting fails to take place, rift widens,” The Daily News, Oct. 24).

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We don’t need two foxes in the hen house

I read Larry Taylor’s letter in the paper on Oct. 26 (“Faircloth a trustworthy candidate,” The Daily News). I can’t believe a preacher would write something like this. Taylor accused Susan Criss of lies about Wayne Faircloth. I went back and checked everything she had written and found no lies.

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Wednesday 10/29/2014
Criss won’t bend for special interest groups

In Sunday’s newspaper, Sen. Larry Taylor falsely accused Judge Susan Criss of letting trial lawyers walk away with hundreds of millions of dollars in attorney fees. That is not true, and Larry Taylor should know better. The judge does not award attorney fees. Those decisions are made by juries or in mediation where all parties agree on final settlements.

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Staffing based on race is racism

In response to Jeanette Slaughter’s guest column (“Professor makeup doesn’t match diversity in student population,” The Daily News, Oct. 20): I have to admit that I am confused in regard to several of Ms. Slaughter’s assertions. Her assertion that staffing should be based on race is dangerous and echoes the thoughts of those in control of educational systems before 1965. If the tables were turned and the local population suddenly became 90 percent white, would Ms. Slaughter be willing to fire most of the nonwhites on the staff?

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COM is an asset to the community

Hopefully, College of the Mainland hires on the basis of qualifications, not on skin color or sex (“Professor makeup doesn’t match diversity in student population,” The Daily News, Oct. 20). I had some teachers there that were better than what I had at the University of Texas at Austin.They were well-versed in their subjects, made lectures interesting and they made me think.

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COM’s hiring yields a staff that fails to reflect community

COM-Unity Vice President Jeanette Slaughter’s recent column did an excellent job showing how the makeup of College of the Mainland’s top managers, faculty and employees fails to reflect our multiracial community.

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Seniors still have a lot of life and a lot to give

Things to consider before the cow jumps over the moon and lands in your backyard, and you begin to realize that you are almost a senior citizen:

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Malala wins Nobel Peace Prize

As a member of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA, I would like to congratulate Malala Yousufzai and Kailash Satyarthi for winning the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize. Both have valiantly championed the importance of education for children.

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Second annual plein-air contest at G. Lee Gallery

Impressionist painters, including Monet, Renoir and Galveston’s Boyer Gonzalez, extolled the virtues of painting “en plein-air,” the exhilaration of painting outdoors.

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Criss will fight, not follow

Heber Taylor’s endorsement of Wayne Faircloth for state representative missed the boat (“Daily News endorsements in the Nov. 4 election,” The Daily News, Oct. 19). Taylor claimed Faircloth will be better for Galveston because he is a Republican, just like state Sen. Larry Taylor. He failed to mention another similarity between the two. People who have seen Faircloth’s misleading television ad, where he claims to be a small-business owner, may be surprised to learn that he, like Larry Taylor, is an insurance agent.

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Faircloth stood out at candidate forum

I noticed the most glaring difference was the lack of Susan Criss’ knowledge of the issues. And there’s more than just Texas Windstorm Insurance Association.

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Don’t forget the ones who have helped

Roman Catholics, Anglicans and some other Christian denominations will celebrate All Saints Day and All Souls day this weekend.

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Faith leaders urge support of minimum wage legislation

The existing minimum wage is unjust. Religious leaders agree that better pay is not just an economic issue but also a concern of justice.

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Vote wisely, insurance agencies do

I read with particular interest Loretta Davis’ letter concerning the election of another insurance agent teaming up with Larry Taylor to dissolve Texas Windstorm Insurance Association (“We don’t need two insurance agents in Austin,” The Daily News, Oct. 25). I couldn’t agree more with her assessment.

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Why is Larry Taylor so interested?

Why is Sen. Larry Taylor so interested in who is elected to the Texas House in District 23? It is not normal for one elected official to get this involved in another’s race, especially when he does not even reside in the district.

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Tuesday 10/28/2014
Insurance companies have influence

Did you know that you may not have full replacement cost insurance coverage on you home?

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Flying, voting different when it comes to IDs

No matter what side of the voter ID issue you fall on, there is always the argument that if you have to show ID to board a plane, shouldn’t you have to show ID to vote?

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Faircloth will represent all of us

We need a conservative voice representing us in Austin as state representative District 23. That person is Wayne Faircloth.

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Faircloth may want to distance himself from Merck

In Sunday’s Daily News counterpoints, Republican candidate Wayne Faircloth said, “I have actively supported adoption and anti-abortion causes for many years, donating time and financial resources to provide women in need with compassionate alternatives to abortion.” (“House Bill 2 appropriately restricted abortions,” The Daily News, Oct. 5).

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Monday 10/27/2014
McMorris owes several apologies

Leonard Woolsey’s editorial of Oct. 16, which addressed Galveston City Council member Ralph McMorris’ (at best) inappropriate verbal and written communication with Interim City Manager Brian Maxwell was spot on.    

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Galveston Chamber urges PID approval

The Galveston Chamber of Commerce board of directors has unanimously passed a resolution in support of the city council establishing a public improvement district for the Bayside at Waterman’s master-planned community.

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Voters should consider choice for House District 23

One of the most important questions asked during The Daily News’ candidate forum for state representative was: “Who do you intend to support for Speaker of the House?”

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Wayne won’t lose his core values

Wayne Faircloth is the right candidate for House District 23. He will go to Austin and won’t lose his core values. He is like us and he will represent us well. He is a family man, having raised both daughters and sons. He has a lovely, supportive wife of more years than she looks. He is a man of faith.

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Saturday 10/25/2014
Is Cones the candidate we want representing us?

Does Tommy Cones think we have forgotten the last time he served on council? Those residents who were living here at the time will recall the questionable happenings when it was time to select a new garbage collection company.

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We don’t need two insurance agents in Austin

What would happen if the Texas legislature shut down Texas Windstorm Insurance Association and the insurance industry fails to put windstorm policies back on the local market?

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Young’s my choice for county judge

There is a lot of dissatisfaction in both parties with County Judge Mark Henry. In his party’s recent primary election, he barely squeaked by.

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Friday 10/24/2014
ID should be shown when voting

I think that people respect the office of the president of the United States, but Barack Obama presents us with serious concerns over the many blatant lies he has told to the American people and not just “if you like your plan, you can keep your plan, period.”

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Women should receive equal pay

In 2013, Gov. Rick Perry vetoed the Equal Pay for Women Act. Unfortunately, Greg Abbott stated that he would have done the same as governor. Equal pay should be an economic issue, and not a partisan one.

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Voter ID law is not racially prejudiced

Since when is it racist to show a photo ID to vote? This is a privilege that should be honored by proudly showing your photo ID when you cast your ballot. In the last two weeks, I have shown ID to buy a prescription and board a plane. Does this mean that the airline and my pharmacist are racist, too?

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Don’t let Faircloth ‘fix’ what’s not broken

The Texas Windstorm Insurance Association is not a state entity!

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Thursday 10/23/2014
If you’re wanting more information, try this book

A secure part of John Sealy Hospital could become the designated treatment center for future Texas Ebola patients.Citing the University of Texas Medical Branch’s experience with handling infectious diseases, and the level of training its employees receive in containment and treatment of such diseases, the head of a state Ebola Task Force said the medical branch would be the first choice among all Texas’ hospitals to become an Ebola treatment center.

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Majority demands flight restrictions

A secure part of John Sealy Hospital could become the designated treatment center for future Texas Ebola patients.Citing the University of Texas Medical Branch’s experience with handling infectious diseases, and the level of training its employees receive in containment and treatment of such diseases, the head of a state Ebola Task Force said the medical branch would be the first choice among all Texas’ hospitals to become an Ebola treatment center.

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Texas Health Presbyterian lacked training, preparedness

A secure part of John Sealy Hospital could become the designated treatment center for future Texas Ebola patients.Citing the University of Texas Medical Branch’s experience with handling infectious diseases, and the level of training its employees receive in containment and treatment of such diseases, the head of a state Ebola Task Force said the medical branch would be the first choice among all Texas’ hospitals to become an Ebola treatment center.

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There are expenses associated with hiring

I was surprised to see your front page story about how much was spent at a recent dinner where three city council members met with city manager candidate Steve Rasmussen (“Wooing of 1 of 2 candidates for city manager cost isle $1,400,” The Daily News, Oct. 18).

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Education is the key to equality

Why do students go to college? To further their education? As a student, do you want the best educator your money can buy? How does race, ethnic background, religion or any other variable define a good education? (Actually, I believe each learner determines the quality of his own education.)

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Wednesday 10/22/2014
I want to be your county judge

I wanted to revisit with you about our county election’s only independent candidate and what “independent” means. Independent (definition) is “free from others control and outside authority.” It’s very simple. A person cannot serve two masters. I choose to serve the taxpayers.

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Faircloth’s pulling a fast one on voters

Credibility has become an issue in the race for state representative District 23. One of the candidates is trying to pull a fast one on the voters.

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Wayne Faircloth will make District 23 proud

Wayne Faircloth has demonstrated his knowledge, belief and practice of the ideals that have made the Texas economy the envy of our nation. He understands that jobs are the economic engine of our local communities and our state.

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Everyone should vote

Recently, the Congressional Budget Office reported that in 2012, the gap between the richest 1 percent of our citizens and the remaining 99 percent was the widest it’s been since the 1920s. Incomes of the wealthiest 1 percent rose nearly 20 percent, whereas the income of the remaining 99 percent rose 1 percent in comparison.

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Criss utilizes legal skill to protect people

The Wayne Faircloth campaign is focused on attacking Susan Criss’s profession.

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Daily News endorsement was disappointing

I couldn’t help but be disappointed in The Daily News’ rationale for lifting up Wayne Faircloth in the race for District 23. It seems the editorial board decided that potential access to a state senator whose job it already is to represent us is enough. We deserve better from The News.

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Tuesday 10/21/2014
County Judge Candidate Questionnaire: Mark Henry

Mark Henry

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County Judge Candidate Questionnaire: Bill Young

Bill Young

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Saturday 10/18/2014
America was founded on Christian principles

President Barack Obama said “America is not a Christian nation,” and he is doing his best to make it so. The majority of our founders were Christians. God is the author of the Bible — you either believe all of the Bible or none of it.

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A vote for Criss is a vote for our children’s future

When the Texas Legislature cut funding for public education by $5.4 billion for the 2012-13 biennium, every school district in Galveston County felt the impact.

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Friday 10/17/2014
Galveston should stay the course with Maxwell

Kenneth Shelton quoted, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” in his support of Brian Maxwell (“Maxwell has shown he can do the job,” The Daily News, Oct. 15). I’d use another folksy saying, “Dance with the one who brung ya.” Stay the course with the talent, process or system that got you here.

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