Prais­ing Cruz gets boos

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Un­fair at­tacks

Re­gard­ing “Don’t hate on Cruz; he gets the job done,” (Page A15, Thurs­day), this is the most bla­tant po­lit­i­cal rant I have ever read in a news­pa­per or any other pub­li­ca­tion. In the first sen­tences, Ben­jamin First feigns con­cern for ha­tred di­rected at U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz with­out nam­ing any sources and then fills the rest of the op-ed with a litany of at­tacks against Beto O’Rourke, Hil­lary Clin­ton, Nancy Pelosi and Demo­cratic ideas.

In a truly ironic turn, First laments the fact that his hero, Cruz, was de­feated in the pres­i­den­tial pri­mary, and Texas set­tled with Don­ald Trump to fight the Democrats. He has con­ve­niently for­got­ten the fact that Trump heaped more venom on Cruz than any other politi­cian, in­clud­ing at­tacks on Cruz’s wife, fa­ther and of course “Lyin’ Ted.”

To be sure, Cruz has en­dured un­fair at­tacks, many of them from his own party, but not from O’Rourke, who has re­frained from mud-sling­ing and has con­ducted an up­beat, pos­i­tive cam­paign from the be­gin­ning. Ken­neth Mey­ers, Hous­ton Far-right dar­ling

I would point out that First’s ode to Cruz is full of ex­ag­ger­a­tions about O’Rourke’s stances and Cruz’s ac­com­plish­ments. Af­ter Cruz fil­i­bus­tered to shut down the gov­ern­ment in an ef­fort to undo Obamacare, he and his party in power have done noth­ing to re­place that health care plan.

O’Rourke is demon­strat­ing a de­sire to rep­re­sent all Tex­ans. Cruz has been pretty hon­est about not car­ing about any­one out­side his tea party base. That doesn’t de­fine all Tex­ans, and we need rep­re­sen­ta­tion, too. Terry Meyer, Spring Prob­lem-solver needed

My ob­jec­tion to Ted Cruz has noth­ing to do with hate but every­thing to do with his in­ef­fec­tive­ness as a se­na­tor. Our coun­try has a mul­ti­tude of prob­lems in­clud­ing our fail­ing and very ex­pen­sive health care sys­tem, our rapidly wors­en­ing en­vi­ron­ment, our bur­geon­ing na­tional debt, our need for a uni­fy­ing pol­icy on im­mi­gra­tion con­sis­tent with our values and, more re­cently, the men­tal health of our pres­i­dent. As far as I can tell, Cruz has con­trib­uted ab­so­lutely noth­ing to our needs. What he has done with much of his time in Wash­ing­ton is to run for pres­i­dent.

Cruz has to­tally failed in his se­na­to­rial role of ad­vice and con­sent. He ap­pears to be a de­voted Trump syco­phant, vot­ing to con­firm all of Trump’s du­bi­ous Cab­i­net ap­point­ments. He has never pub­licly crit­i­cized Trump for his off-the-rail poli­cies, state­ments or be­hav­ior.

I don’t hate Cruz, I just want to re­place him with some­one will­ing to ad­dress our prob­lems. I want some­one who cares for his fel­low Amer­i­cans, who will lis­ten to his con­stituents and who has a back­bone Gage Van Horn, Bel­laire Ac­com­plish­ments?

The writer chooses to in­stead hate on Beto O’Rorke while fail­ing to spec­ify the first sub­stan­tive, quan­ti­ta­tive ac­com­plish­ment of Sen. Ted Cruz. As an ex­am­ple, he de­scribes the se­na­tor trav­el­ing the state with Sen. John Cornyn and Gov. Greg Ab­bott fight­ing for our re­cov­ery af­ter Hur­ri­cane Harvey. Could he not have used his sup­posed acu­men to fight for the peo­ple of Texas by per­suad­ing fel­low trav­eler Ab­bott to un­leash a few bil­lion dol­lars from the Rainy Day Fund to sup­port our re­cov­ery? Fur­ther, I find that vol­un­teer­ing to de­bate Sen. Bernie San­ders, I-Ver­mont, mul­ti­ple times on CNN pro­vides scant value to his con­stituents in Texas. I will await some fact-based sub­stan­ti­a­tion of our ju­nior se­na­tor’s ac­com­plish­ments be­fore agree­ing that he is get­ting the job done. Alan Husak, Hous­ton



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