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Rhetoric mud­dles talks

Re: Nov. 29 ar­ti­cle, “Sides hint at ‘fis­cal cliff’ progress.”

A pet peeve of mine is the sta­tus of ne­go­ti­a­tions in Washington. In or­der to avoid the fis­cal cliff, and the bot­tom line at the end of the road, we need to take noth­ing off the ta­ble and avoid kick­ing the can down the road. That should solve it. If that doesn’t do it, maybe we should think out­side the box and get a win/win deal. No prob­lem. Then we can work on rein­vent­ing the wheel.

Any ques­tions? Just thought I might toss in some clever, orig­i­nal rhetoric for clar­i­fi­ca­tion.

Se­quester ne­go­tia­tors

Re: Nov. 29 ar­ti­cle, “Sides hint at ‘fis­cal cliff’ progress.”

Let’s lock up all the top Repub­li­cans and Democrats from the ex­ec­u­tive and leg­isla­tive branches in a large, un­com­fort­able room and make them eat box lunches and din­ners and sleep on cots and maybe they will stop their par­ti­san pos­tur­ing and get to work on a deal where both sides give up some­thing and get some­thing in re­turn. Af­ter they slip a copy of the com­pleted deal un­der the door, we should for­get to un­lock the door.

Even test­ing play­ing field

Re: Nov. 30 ar­ti­cle, “Test furor sparks pro­pos­als.”

It seems to be an odd rul­ing to al­low school dis­tricts to opt out of hav­ing to have the STAAR test count for 15 per­cent of a stu­dent’s grade while oth­ers will ad­here to it. If this will have an im­pact on the stu­dent’s fi­nal grade and in­flu­ence the abil­ity to get into the col­lege of his or her choice, then shouldn’t there be an even play­ing field? It seems to be a mat­ter of fair­ness and not lo­cal con­trol.

Sub­ject law­mak­ers to test

Re: Nov.23 com­men­tary, “Com­pro­mise on STAAR exam.”

The ed­i­to­rial points out the need for changes in the “Texas high-stakes test­ing sys­tem.” It fo­cuses on the role of the Texas Ed­u­ca­tion com­mis­sioner as well as the role state leg­is­la­tors have in mak­ing th­ese changes and fund­ing the en­tire sys­tem. In­formed de­ci­sions in th­ese ar­eas will re­quire knowl­edge in both state and fed­eral government and ed­u­ca­tion, in­clud­ing test­ing.

So, to cre­ate a “test­ing mind-set” and brush up on the law­mak­ers’ knowl­edge of re­lated government mat­ters, we should re­quire they take a test prior to any ac­tion on the “Texas high-stakes test­ing sys­tem.” We could start with an easy ques­tion: “How many jus­tices serve on the U.S. Supreme Court?”

States­man ex­poses waste

Re: Nov. 30 ar­ti­cle, “Judge fi­nally pays his ticket.”

Thank you Austin Amer­i­can-States­man and Tony Plo­het­ski for ex­pos­ing this gross mis­use of our jus­tice sys­tem. I be­lieve that your ex­cel­lent ar­ti­cle ex­posed this sham for what it was and brought an end to this to­tal waste of our court sys­tem, not to men­tion the thou­sands of dol­lars it has cost to keep this case go­ing for four years. You pro­vide such a valu­able ser­vice to our com­mu­nity, and I am proud to have you here in Austin. Keep up the great work.

Judge’s ac­tions sick­en­ing

Re: Nov. 29 ar­ti­cle, “Ar­rest war­rant is­sued for judge.”

The fact that this judge — a rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the law — has used le­gal ex­per­tise to put off paying a sim­ple $193 fine, which all of us reg­u­lar ci­ti­zens would have been pros­e­cuted for not paying, is sick­en­ing. Even af­ter hav­ing an op­por­tu­nity to make things right, he still chooses to avoid paying the now $400 fine. Bizarre.

The irony here is he makes a nice liv­ing coming down on in­di­vid­u­als for sim­i­lar or lesser vi­o­la­tions.

This man should be locked up on prin­ci­ple as you would think he would have paid his fine — if not for any­thing else, to set an ex­am­ple. … What a disgrace to the sys­tem this man is.

Ed­i­tor’s Note: Judge Lawrence Mey­ers has since paid the fine.

Judge should re­tire

Re: Nov. 29 ar­ti­cle, “Ar­rest war­rant is­sued for judge.”

What is wrong with this pic­ture? A judge on the Texas state’s high­est crim­i­nal court, Lawrence Mey­ers, re­fus­ing to pay a speed­ing ticket for four years? Does he think he is above the law? Has he been tested for de­men­tia or psy­chi­atric prob­lems?

Maybe Judge Mey­ers should re­tire be­cause you won­der what he is do­ing in court. We have a judge in Wil­liamson County, An­der­son, who is await­ing trial for his il­le­gal court ac­tions 25 years ago. He needs to go also.

Repub­li­cans must ad­just

Re: Nov. 24 let­ter to the ed­i­tor, “Post-elec­tion 2012.”

“Enu­mer­able and un­fath­omable ig­no­rance”? It seems to me the orig­i­nal let­ter was a rea­son­able look at why the writer thought Mitt Rom­ney lost.

The re­sponse had no facts or re­but­tals, just name call­ing. Keep it up Repub­li­cans, no re­think­ing, no read­just­ment, just vi­tu­per­a­tion, then the Democrats will be shoo-ins in 2014 and 2016.

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