Amer­ica needs more politi­cos like Straus

Austin American-Statesman Sunday - - VIEWPOINTS -

Re: Aug. 17 ar­ti­cle, “Ab­bott blames Straus for all that the special ses­sion didn’t get done.”

In read­ing about Gov. Greg Ab­bott’s “sour grapes” view of House Speaker Joe Straus, I am re­minded of a time when there were peo­ple who made de­ci­sions with their heart and cared less about their lower ex­trem­ity.

I have been a yellow dog Demo­crat for most of my life and had noth­ing good to say about the other party. I must say that Straus de­serves praise on both sides of the aisle. I think he cares enough to look squarely at the pow­ers that be and votes his con­science. It is Ab­bott who wants noth­ing more than to blame oth­ers for his failed agenda. Po­lit­i­cal par­ties need peo­ple like Straus to speak for and rep­re­sent the peo­ple of this state and this na­tion. ROBERT BYRAM, AUSTIN

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