LETTERS TO THE EDITOR 

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HERE ARE SOME RECENT EXAMPLES .


Do you remember when Texas was Democratic, up until about the 1950s and 1960s? Now Texas is considered a Republican state. 

Here’s what happened. After the Civil War the South never stopped thinking that black and brown people should remain subservient. The South used many ways to suppress rights of black and brown people including lynchings. But a Democratic Party President signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Voting Rights Act of 1965, and Texans never forgave the Democratic Party for betraying them. President Lyndon Johnson, when he signed those acts, predicted that angry Texans would migrate to the Republican Party. And migrate they did. 

Once in control Tom Delay taught the Republican Party how to gerrymander to stay in power. And now Republicans are limiting the right to vote to maintain their grip on Texas. We all suffer as an out-of-touch small group of Republicans tread on us and our rights. 

Karen Collins, Austin, Texas  

 

While we were (understandably) freaking out about Texas Republicans taking away voting rights, medical rights, and LGBTQ+ rights; scamming us out of education funding; failing to keep us safe in extreme weather; eliminating local control for cities showing too much humanity toward their residents; and mismanaging the pandemic, our Republican state senators have passed to the House State Affairs committee a bill creating a new, statewide appeals court that would supersede the Austin area’s majority-Democratic Third Court of Appeals.


So when we sue our Republican state officials here in Austin for the corruption and incompetence for which they’ve become nationally famous, the lawsuit could be appealed to a court full of Republicans, who, in true Republican fashion, would dutifully craft bad-faith, fallacious justifications for their allies’ misdeeds.


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LTE re: Republican Rep. Larsen and moderate policies    published  Austin American Statesman 12/9/21

These gentlemen raise legitimate points about the extreme partisanship that exists today.  They miss the easiest and fastest solution.

Larsen says leaders should fix the grid, expand health care, improve water and transportation systems, and develop a comprehensive immigration program.  The letter writer says independents want thoughtful action, not posturing.  I agree.  All of these positions have been Democratic Party goals for years.

The quick solution is to vote for Democrats and demand that they implement the centrist policies moderates want AND establish non-partisan mechanisms to protect the voters’ right to fair state elections.

While there are some extremists in the Democratic Party, the bulk of the platform is widely desired programs—programs Rep. Larsen supports­­--- that will benefit millions of Texans, not just the donor class.  When Republicans stop endlessly fighting the culture war and decide they want to govern, then moderates can choose to switch if they are dissatisfied.

Bill King

Austin, Texas

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Americans of Conscience    https://americansofconscience.com/contact/

This is a twice monthly issue oriented checklist writing to many elected officials and government officials on a variety of issues. The checklist also includes good news stories from around the country and a list of Thank Yous.

Lunch + Action + Friendship (LAF)
This group meets every Thursday, 9:30 AM from 12:30 PM at Central Market writing to elected officials, government officials, and CEOs of Texas corporations. There is a checklist produced and emailed to anyone who requests. It’s not necessary to attend the Thursday meetings to receive and write on the checklist. To get a copy of the checklist, send an email to Deborah Marsh at deborahj.marsh@gmail.com deborahj.marsh@gmail.com. It comes out every Wednesday.

Blue Action North Austin Democrats
https://www.blueactiondems.com/bana.html
They have a postcard party on Saturdays, 2 to 4 at Central Market. Cards will go to area voters.

The Civics Center
https://thecivicscenter.org/volunteer
This group specializes in the young and newly registered voter. Their postcard project sends postcards to newly registered voters to encourage them to vote and to engage their friends. After a small donation, the group will send a packet of postcards, a list and a script. Fast and easy.

Letters For Beto
Similar to Vote Forward sending first class letters to voters. Those of us with printers can print the bulk of the letter and include two or three sentences on why we think voting is important.
Request your letters: https://airtable.com/shrQmGobyIYPislgp Find your talking points: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1x6azBp75TmhjLBU4-t6GtGRAbmhKSBezLXMv6eGSamU/edit
Instructions to host a letter writing party:https://www.mobilize.us/betofortexas/event/427673/

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