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Your Turn: Sept. 29

September 29, 2018

Before FordRe: “Vote your conscience,” Your Turn, Wednesday:I agree that we must look to our conscience when making important decisions, although the letter writer seems to have selective memory that can only be attributed to her political beliefs.She remembers Anita Hill, but does she remember Monica Lewinski, a young woman whose life was ruined by those in power for the sole purpose of retaining power? Or Juanita Broderick, who accused Bill Clinton of rape in 1978? Or Kathleen Willey, who accused him of groping her without consent in 1993? Or Leslie Millwee, who accused him of sexual assault in 1980? Or Paula Jones, who accused him of exposing himself to her in 1991, as well as sexual harassment?Do you remember Harvey Weinstein, a Bill and Hillary pal? Do you know of Keith Ellison and his accuser? Unlike Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s accuser, his filed charges and has corroborating evidence.If you are a Democrat, you will be forgiven anything in order to stay in power. If you are Republican, the Democrats will do anything to bring you down. I don’t see any moral high ground in any of this. I do see that the party this letter writer is espousing seems to be more interested in political maneuvering for power than in seeking justice for the abused.So I say to all Texas men and women, think carefully about your vote. Do a little research beyond the political talking points about old white men messing things up. Do a little logical and critical thinking. The very future of this democratic republic is at stake.Leo Dye, BulverdeCast those stonesRe: “Casting stones,” Your Turn, Wednesday:Regarding the accusations against Judge Brett Kavanaugh the writer wrote, among other things, “If anyone is to blame, it is the parents at whose house this allege incident occurred,” and as our lord stated, “He who has no sin may cast the first stone.”I wonder: Would he say the same if his mother, wife, sister or daughter was the accuser? It seems like many are only interested in a judge who votes the way they want, regardless of anything else.Oh, well, I’m a sinner, so I can’t throw any stones?Frank Bent, SchertzNot an offsetRe: “Vietnam vets deserve benefit of the doubt,” Editorial, Wednesday:This editorial argues that benefits should be restored for Vietnam veterans who served offshore and were potentially exposed to Agent Orange.While the pros and cons can be debated, my big beef is the statement that the U.S. House has offered an “offset’ for the $6.7 billion cost estimate. A true offset would cut spending elsewhere. Proposing to increase VA home loan fees is not an offset; it’s just a tax increase on other veterans.Both Congress and the president need to get a spine and quit spending beyond our means.Brian Cleannan

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