A Chuckle-worthy Column About Beer Drinking
I couldn’t help but chuckle when I read Ryan Rusak’s column on September 3rd, praising Senator Ted Cruz for his passionate opposition to what he perceived as government interference in our beer consumption. At first, I thought it was a tongue-in-cheek commentary, especially after watching the funny video of Cruz defending Texans’ love for beer. However, it quickly became clear that Rusak was dead serious. Would the Biden administration really try to keep Texans sober? Well, if Cruz has his say, they won’t. It’s amusing to think that a staunch defender of beer like Cruz could be the same person who failed to support his wife when Donald Trump attacked her appearance. Perhaps it takes a cold beer to get Cruz all riled up.
###Finally, Basic Guidelines for Public Behavior
The recent ban of Bob Willoughby and Adrian Smith from attending Fort Worth City Council meetings has been long overdue. Their disruptive, rude, slanderous, and aggressive behavior would get them terminated from a job or barred from various public events. It’s about time that these basic guidelines for public behavior also apply to City Council chambers. Kudos to our mayor and city manager for making this bold and necessary move.
###Equitable Charging for Electric Vehicles
A new state law now requires owners of electric vehicles to pay an annual flat fee to compensate for lost gas-tax revenue used for highway maintenance. However, the fairness of this flat fee raises concerns. Gas taxes are based on vehicle weight and mileage, which directly correlates with fuel consumption. Therefore, it would be fairer to charge electric vehicles in the same manner as their gas-powered counterparts. The weight of the vehicle is known, and mileage can be easily recorded during vehicle inspections.
###An Unbiased Account of Fort Worth History
Reading Richard Selcer’s column on September 3rd about the history of Fort Worth was a pleasure. It’s rare to come across accounts of the 19th and early 20th centuries that aren’t tainted with 21st-century bias. It was heartening to learn that Union and Confederate veterans, despite their differences, got along well after the Civil War. Perhaps there’s something we can learn from their experiences. As a proud descendant of both Confederate and Union veterans, one of whom sacrificed his life for Texas, and a member of the R.E. Lee Camp of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, I appreciate Selcer and the Star-Telegram for providing an unbiased perspective on Fort Worth’s history.
###Silence Speaks Volumes
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s refusal to testify in his impeachment trial speaks volumes. If he truly believed in his innocence, he would want to have his voice heard. It’s hard to buy into the excuse that Paxton and his legal team fear being tricked into lying. It’s quite baffling to think that such a scenario is even possible.
###The Unchanging Laws of God
In his commentary on September 6th, David Gibson discussed Pope Francis’ criticism of what he perceives as a “reactionary” philosophy prevailing within the American church. It’s essential to remember that Catholic teaching holds that man changes, but God does not. The laws of God remain constant, regardless of anyone’s wishes, including those of the Pope.