Letters to the Editor – Answering activists, Hobby Lobby, renewable energy, guns, Sen. John Cornyn

Letters to the Editor - Answering activists, Hobby Lobby, renewable energy, guns, Sen. John Cornyn

Gun lovers from all over came out to the NRA Personal Protection Expo at the Tarrant County Convention Center in Fort Worth, Texas on September 6, 2019. The pro-gun group and its state affiliate have funneled more than $700,000 into state campaigns in Texas in the past 19 years, but some wonder whether gun control talks could lead it to invest even more. Carrots, sticks and stumbles Re: “Activists hoping their voices will be heard — Chief cites ‘critical needs’ as some say root causes of crime not addressed,” July 4 news story. Too many carrots, too few sticks. Too much climate worry, too many conflicting regulations. Too much income inequality focus, too little acknowledging the laws of economics. Activists want a chunk of the cops’ budget for mental health, housing, job training and more. As a former board president of a community behavioral health care group, I support mental health spending — where targeted outcomes are feasible (carrot.) But, the inability to hold a person, unenforceable outpatient oversight and re-engagement and restrictive privacy laws often make the stick a wet noodle. Affordable housing? Have the Dallas City Council review increasingly green building codes, zoning requirements and impact fees. As a former Dallas Planning and Zoning Commission member, I know how their legislative stick ups the cost of housing and cooks builders’ carrots. Family leave, minimum wage, shutdowns? Unless you’re a multibillion high tech start-up, you better make a profit. Otherwise, why risk your nest egg? Increased costs must […]

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