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Pit bulls pose dan­ger

Re: Nov. 26 ar­ti­cle, “Dan­ger­ous dogs law has weak­nesses in it.”

Your oth­er­wise fine set of ar­ti­cles failed to high­light two ob­vi­ous weak­nesses in our dan­ger­ous dog laws. First, Lil­lian’s Law H.B. 1355, named for a woman who was sav­agely killed in her own yard by be­ing torn to pieces by a pack of pit bull mixes, still re­quires us to wait un­til af­ter the pit bulls kill or maul some­one be­fore the pit bulls are re­stricted. Sec­ond, Texas state law sec­tion 822.047 pro­hibits cities and coun­ties from pass­ing re­stric­tions spe­cific to a breed. So, if we in Austin or Travis County wish to pass a law re­quir­ing pit bull own­ers to carry li­a­bil­ity in­surance be­fore their pit bulls maul or kill some­one, the state pro­hibits it. Pit bull apol­o­gists have been hid­ing be­hind this law way too long — let’s tell our state law­mak­ers to change it. Fi­nally, re­gard­ing the non­sense that it’s the be­hav­ior, not the breed — the num­bers speak for them­selves.

Pres­i­dent Palin? Ha!

Re: Nov. 26 com­men­tary, “GOP would have win­ner with Sarah Palin in 2016.”

In gen­eral, I en­joy your Balanced Views page, from both the right and left. But you di­min­ish right-lean­ing stal­warts such as David Brooks and Ge­orge Will when you in­clude Char­lotte Allen who

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