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November 27, 2018

Wrong on Prop BThe ill-informed voters who voted to pass Proposition B made a huge mistake that will cost the city of San Antonio dearly in years to come. They were misled by Chris Steele and the firefighters union, who demonized City Manager Sheryl Sculley.Sculley is the best city manager that San Antonio has ever had and has kept the city’s AAA bond rating for years. The Proposition B voters obviously do not understand the importance of good fiscal management and this bond rating, and how that helps the city move forward.Now, however, the City Council’s hands are tied by limiting the salary of anyone who replaces Sculley. It saddens me to see swayed voters choose the wrong path for San Antonio.Harry ShaferRecusal, pleaseIf there were a contest for the 2018 Poster Child for Recusal, Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker would win hands down! That he might not recuse himself from the Mueller inquiry indicates this appointee lacks an iota of integrity.And yet he would lead the Justice Department. If the Republican Party lets that stand, it will confirm it has become no more than a cabal of bootlickers.Ross SmithNo evidenceRe: “What Kavanaugh fiasco says about us,” Another View, by Rudy Apodaca, Nov. 4:Judge Apodaca’s op-ed tried to appear even-handed and ameliorative — he even quoted Pope Francis and Martin Luther King Jr., and wrote about his grandson — but the results were a hate-filled, hypocritical, prejudgment of Judge Brett Kavanaugh showing little evidence other than Apodaca’s emotions.Apodaca stated, “Judicial temperament is a quality all jurists must work hard to attain.”A judge who presumes guilt with scant evidence and absolutely no corroboration should take his own advice. No one else, not even Christine Blasey Ford’s best friend, could confirm Ford’s claims.It’s truly astounding that Apodaca, a former judge, would accuse anyone of a serious crime with so little evidence.Apodaca also refers to “the sham of the FBI investigation.” Who else’s investigation should have been made if the numerous FBI investigations of Kavanaugh were insufficient? And how many more would please Apodaca?The left is willing to tear apart this country and our Constitution rather than seat another conservative on the Supreme Court.John K. Landry, New BraunfelsChristian caravanPastor John Garland of the San Antonio Mennonite Church has a ministry to Central American refugees.In the Nov. 1 interview on “The Source” by David Martin Davies on Texas Public Radio, Garland stated that 85 percent of those in “the caravan” are evangelical Christians, that they are targeted by gangs because they are Christians and leaders in their churches and communities.Why don’t churches know this? Why aren’t we as Christians embracing and supporting these faithful Christian refugees?Rebecca BakerWas Trump right?A question to Donald Trump supporters.He famously said something like: “On the first day in office I will replace Obamacare with a really, really, terrific plan. You will have better coverage and cost less.” My question: “How’s that working out for you?”Donald also once said, “I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose voters.”The next question, “If Donald actually murdered someone, would you still for him?”If your answer is yes, seek psychiatric help immediately. You don’t belong to a political party, you belong to a mindless cult.Dale McCarty, BoerneHe’s not kingOur president seems to believe he is the king of this country and not merely the chief executive in charge of only one of three branches of government.The idea that no reporter can ask a follow-up question — and can get their press pass revoked if they try to — not only makes a mockery of presidential responsibility to the people who put him in office, it also seems subjective enforcement. I doubt any of this president’s fawning acolytes would be punished if they were to ask a follow-up question.In short, this president is supposed to work for we, the people of the United States; we do not work for him, and we are not his subjects!Paul KellarChecks aheadIt seems each day brings new revelations of unabashed corruption in the Trump administration. Success is “winning” at all cost, based on what they can get away with. As evidence, so many of those involved with Donald Trump wind up suspect, indicted, convicted, jailed or fighting off one of the aforementioned — family included.But the morality the GOP staked out in the 1990s has been surrendered in lieu of “winning at all cost.” The justification for its surrender is putting “conservative” judges on the bench, tax breaks for the rich and deregulating businesses such as banks.I believe the goal is relitigating the past, to pick up where we left off in the 1950s. Certainly, “conservative judges,” given the current atmosphere, do imply this. They have been effective recently in striking down parts of the Voting Rights Act and the Civil Rights Act, and eroding women’s rights via Roe vs. Wade.Backward we go, via the federal bench.The number of people supporting this ideology is stunning but sobering, a minority majority. We were down to our last Democratic check (the U.S. Senate and House failed) on corruptive power. Thankfully, voting won (at least partially) as our final check as Democrats won the House. Our democracy stands in saving grace, even as suppressed as voting rights are at this point.Jerry Kempe

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