Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas


July 5, 2013

Letters to the Editor 7/6/13

Protest protest

To the Editor: Hundreds of protestors disrupted the Texas Senate legislative proceedings as the special session closed at midnight June 25. Their yelling and chanting delayed the Texas Senate vote on SB 5, which passed just before the midnight deadline, but did not have time to be signed, so the measure automatically failed despite a 19-10 vote in favor.

This well-financed and well-executed chaos in the Texas Senate Chamber of the Texas Capitol was characteristic of the angry Occupy Wisconsin capitol group in 2011. They were un-elected, yet they succeeded in intimidating our elected state legislators whom represent us, and interrupted the legislative process without setting foot on the floor of the debate. President Barack Obama sent out a Twitter message, supporting the unruly mob, urging them on.

This anarchy should concern every Texan and every American. What is at stake is the democratic constitutional process of passing legislation, being derailed by a minority of voters. In this month’s UT-Austin/Texas Tribune statewide survey, 62 percent of respondents supported the prohibition of abortions after 20 weeks.

As we celebrate the Founding Fathers’ vision for self-government with the July 4 holiday, will we have established order by rule of law, or be governed by those who scream the loudest and obtain the most media attention? Call your state representative and state senator’s offices, to thank them for supporting legislation that will make healthcare safer for women and end late-term abortions.

We have chosen our elected leaders to speak for those who cannot speak for themselves, where every human life is valuable.


Steven L. Jessup

Garbage talk

To the Editor: I do not understand. A few years ago, Allied Waste picked up all the garbage I placed on the curb on Monday and Friday. There was really no limit. The truck would drive down my street one time and one guy would get one side of the street, and the other guy would get the other side. They picked up the bags, or dumped the cans, and went.

Now, I see a truck drive down one side of the street to “auto dump” a container of a limited size, and then turn around and rive down the other side of the street to get the rest of them.

Then, another truck drives down to get the recyclables - same thing.

On Mondays only. In my mind, that is four times the road wear for half the service.

And what’s with the “random drivers?” As I write this, it is Wednesday. This guy is driving the truck around for what?

“Special pickup?” Why is that required?

I guess these roll containers … just don’t hold enough for a week. Need to get two of them - twice the fun.

Maybe five times the road wear? Just call me stupid.


Paul Merr

Text Only
  • Dr Don Newbury 2014.jpg Old, new, borrowed, blue

       Dissection of notes found in the pocket of an old suit isn’t easy. Maybe they were scrawled during the lull in a wedding ceremony, or to jog my memory of a joke for later use.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Dick Platt 2014.jpg Spam french fries

    I saw a relatively disturbing video and article on Yahoo which touted making Spam French fires to go alongside your big old ground chuck burger. I just can’t imagine a basket full of these deep-fried cholesterol-loaded sticks, but there they were, bigger than Texas.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Janet Jacobs Dumb and dumber in the blotter

    When it comes to dumb criminals, nothing beats the would-be gang of car burglars who tried to break into a car in Tampa, Florida, this past week.

    July 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • Belcher, Bob.jpg ‘Change’ — old "buzz word" shows up in our town

    If you pay much attention when you’re driving around town lately (and I really hope that you do — pay attention, that is) you can’t help but admit we’ve seen some “change” as of late. And, contrary to the political connotations that word will forever carry with it now, that “change” we’re seeing is good.

    July 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Bill Tinsley Germany present and past

    Last Sunday evening my wife and I stood on the balcony of our apartment in Nuremberg and watched as fireworks lit up the sky.

    July 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Dr Don Newbury 2014.jpg Where strawberries are king

    In 1949, when Stilwell, Oklahoma’s “Strawberry Festival” was just one year old, crooners were applauded when they cut loose with Dear Hearts and Gentle People.

    July 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Dick Platt 2014.jpg My TV is held hostage

    Give me back my TV! The Sunday sports fare today is just pitiful as far as I am concerned. Over the past weeks, my normal sports programs has been rudely preempted by endless hours of Wimbledon tennis, the Tour de France, assorted motor sports, and the nauseating mega-million signing sagas of LeBron James and Carmello Anthony

    July 14, 2014 1 Photo

  • Janet Jacobs Thoughts from abroad

    So, with the generosity of Mastercard and warm encouragement of my friends who went with me, I went to Italy on vacation. Not Italy, Texas, the one in Europe.

    July 13, 2014 1 Photo

  • deannakirk.jpg For a community that’s hurting

    I think all would agree that our community is hurting right now.
    It seems like some weeks, our quota of tragedy and loss just goes through the roof. This is one of those weeks.

    July 11, 2014 1 Photo

  • Bill Tinsley An inspiring life

    Last week, while Americans prepared their fireworks for the fourth of July, Louis Zamparini quietly slipped the bonds of this earth at the age of 97.

    July 10, 2014 1 Photo