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October 6, 2018

Beto vs. BrettFellow Texas voters, do you believe that allegations of a serious incident many years ago make Brett Kavanaugh unfit for the Supreme Court? Do you plan to vote for Beto O’Rourke as senator?If your answer to both questions is “yes,” you need to reconsider.The case against Kavanaugh is, at best, a “she said, he said” matter. (Accusations of this sort were blithely brushed off when Bill Clinton was accused.) O’Rourke’s DWI incident is a fact. He was driving at a high speed at night while impaired by alcohol. As a result, he was involved in an accident. He willfully jeopardized his own life and others.’ This reveals bad judgment.Then he attempted to leave the scene. This isn’t part of his criminal record. (Beto’s assertions of not leaving are true but deceptive). There is credible evidence that he would have left were he not restrained (which he denies). This reveals bad character — from both his state of mind at the time and his current evasiveness.Don’t rationalize. O’Rourke’s proven bad behavior occurred when he was in his mid-20s. Kavanaugh’s alleged bad behavior occurred when he was a teenager. Don’t rationalize Beto by saying that he has been a model citizen since 1998. There is ample demonstration that Kavanaugh has been a model citizen since 1982.Bottom line: If alleged misconduct decades ago renders Kavanaugh unfit for the Supreme Court, then O’Rourke’s proven misconduct decades ago renders him unfit for the Senate.The only way to rationalize voting for Beto while opposing Kavanaugh is to assert that standards of conduct apply only to people you don’t like.Raymond Franck, New Braunfels‘No’ on amendmentsI just can’t understand how a city employee tries to tear down our well-run city government by imposing his personal will on the residents of our beautiful city. You only see things like this in a communist country where they impose their own personal agenda simply for their own good.I know how the communists work; I had 30 months under them as a prisoner of war. They tried to brainwash us into their way of thinking. This is like San Antonio Firefighters Association President Chris Steele.Wake up, San Antonio, and vote “no” on his demands.Oscar CortezMoney for schoolsRe: “Students in Texas fall short on college readiness,” front page, Sept. 30:Oh me, oh my! Another front page article highlighting deficiencies in Texas public schools. Anyone — parent, student, teacher, retired teacher (of which I am one), administrator — will tell you that you cannot improve goals for high school graduates on both career and college tracks without experienced teachers who create and teach innovative curriculum.And that takes money!If Robin Hood funds went into a fund for education only and not where they can be pillaged by the governor, the lieutenant governor and the Legislature for their priorities — and education is clearly not one — high school graduates, whether college-bound or career-oriented, will continue to be ill-prepared for the next level.Didn’t someone once say, “Hope springs eternal”? Without adequate funding for our public schools, “hope” is having a very difficult time “springing” out of the education doldrums.Sarah Joe LeMessurierRevising historyRe: “Turn back the clock,” Your Turn, Sept. 25:Ann Coulter was right when she said a few years ago, “For liberals, history started this morning.”The letter writer accuses the Supreme Court of appointing George W. Bush president in 2000. What happened was that the Gore campaign took the county with the hanging-chad problem to state court to contest the county’s recount. When the state judge ruled against the campaign, it took the case to the Florida Supreme Court. The Florida Supreme Court overruled the state court; the Bush campaign upped the ante and appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, which ruled in favor of the Bush campaign.Only Democrats would complain about losing a fight they started. If Al Gore would have won his home state, none of this would have mattered.Not having learned from history in 2000 that the Electoral College determines the presidency, not the popular vote, they made the same mistake in 2016. Hillary Clinton received nearly 3 million more votes than did Donald Trump, almost entirely from California and New York. Not very many Texans want those big states selecting our president, which is exactly what the founders had in mind when they put the Electoral College in the Constitution.Ed Pickrel, Universal CityNo ‘deal’ for themThe mayor has consistently promoted recommendations for badly needed affordable housing. Lots of media attention and thumbs-up for great ideas. However, the cheery attitude disappears in the light of reality.In seeking to build needed infill housing to provide a nearby elder caretaker residence, our family has found we are one of the unfortunate ones told by the San Antonio Water System that we must pay to construct the main sewer line to obtain sewer and water service. This will add thousands onto the cost of a modest home.While SAWS often constructs main line extensions for high-end, multiple-housing developers, waiving fees and costs in the process, it would not do so for “only one house.”Contacts with City Council members, the mayor and several others have yielded no response or assistance. This, while Robert Puente, president and CEO of the San Antonio Water System, was given a 5 percent pay raise, bringing his total compensation to $468,194.40. (He declined a bonus this year.)Any questions about who truly runs the city?Teri Frey

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