Bouncing Joe Straus

For years, I heard good conservatives list many reasons to remove so-called RINO [Republican In Name Only] Joe Straus from the Texas House speaker position. The main reason is: Speaker Straus has used his position to bog down and stop good legislation that would protect the citizens of Texas. Now two of the most important pieces of legislation are being sat on.

It would benefit every individual if his own property was not being taxed from underneath him. Property-tax control has to be put in place to protect the people from an overbearing tax yoke.

Then there’s the fact that no sane citizen wants to see a strange man follow his wife and child into the women’s bathroom.

Some big corporations said they oppose the common-sense restroom bill but would not answer, when asked, why they do business in many Islamic countries that imprison and execute cross-dressers and homosexuals.

You know, the speaker position should not be locked down by one person for years and years anyway. Let’s have a person there who really represents the people, not some door-jam for the Dems. Call your state representatives.

Real Americans are going to have to stand up for what is important (God, family, country). Let’s help our statesmen on the coast dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.

Eric J. Mach, Sanger

Pulling up stakes

I figured it would only be a matter of time before people had to start selling their homes because of the jump in property taxes. One of our neighbors put his house up for sale and, when I asked why, the answer was: “Can’t afford the taxes.”

Just a matter of time before many of the other homeowners in our area will need to do the same. It’s a shame. When it comes to government, it’s always about the money.

Sam Maitz, Waco

EDITOR’S NOTE: Those who want to better understand the dynamics involving property taxes in Texas should consider Sunday’s column by Jessica Attas, policy director of the Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce. The column details how the state complicates and even aggravates the local property-tax situation.

Texas hypocrisy

In Bill McBride’s diatribe against humorist Garrison Keillor and his native Minnesota [Letters, Sept. 13], I don’t see him actually respond to the central point of Keillor’s column, and that is the hypocrisy of Texas lawmakers now asking for government assistance for relief from Hurricane Harvey, yet not approving the same for victims of Sandy earlier. This demonstrates two things: Dr. McBride recognizes Garrison Keillor’s point is valid and, therefore, his letter is basically a pointless and thoughtless temper-tantrum. Fairly disappointing for a professor emeritus of computer science.

Bruce J. Evans, Hewitt