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Letters on Lobo band, political judges

Dec. 13, 2017 at 11:55 p.m.

Disappointing display

It was very exciting for two East Texas teams to play in the state football quarterfinals (sports story, Sunday). It was an exciting game, and congratulations to Longview's coaches and players.

In 40 years of watching football, I have never seen anything more disgraceful and disrespectful than the Longview band director leading his band in song while the Lufkin band was still on the field with almost two minutes to finish. Opposing bands should always stand at attention while the other team is performing. He embarrassed his school and hometown.

Barbara Robinson, Lufkin (Robinson is a retired Lufkin High School teacher)

Judging the judges

For the first 200 years or so, the judiciary branch of our federal government was basically a referee that prevented executive and legislative branches of government from exceeding their authority as defined by the Constitution. Then, most judges were considered to be honest and to have an extensive knowledge of the law.

Unfortunately, many judges are now activists who think they should be able make law instead of just interpreting law. Politics has become the major factor in selecting judges. Many appointments are now determined by how much money the appointee or his sponsors have given to his political party.

Look no further than our Supreme Court. We now have mainly Republican justices and Democrat justices. Constitutional law and the truth are now largely ignored by most of the justices. Many of today's decisions are made by one or two justices who do not let partisan politics determine their vote. Most courts are now moving more and more toward political party loyalty and away from country loyalty. This does not bode well for America.

Don Peck, Longview



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