Letters on State of the Union, Super Bowl bias, Parks & Wildlife tyrants
Feb. 7, 2018 at 11:45 p.m.
Consent of the people
Alexander Hamilton once wrote, "The fabric of American empire ought to rest on the solid basis of the consent of the people."
After watching President Trump's great State of the Union speech, I believe the words of Hamilton so long ago were the underlying theme of the president's message.
One topic of the president's speech was the barbarism of a despotic North Korea. He showed us a young North Korean man whose legs were severed while he tried to steal a small amount of coal in order to buy a little food.
This poor brave soul is the very definition of despotism.
I believe this is one great reason why we should never, I pray, never forget the words of Hamilton — "the consent of the people."
Lonnie Holmes, Longview
Super Bowl bias
Who won the Super Bowl? Wasn't it the Philadelphia Eagles? Why then was the whole top half of Monday's sports page devoted to Tom Brady? Foles got very little mention.
And Tuesday's paper was the same, talking about Brady missing a touchdown pass that was thrown to him, and oh, by the way, as mentioned much later in the article, Foles caught the one thrown to him!
I am going to cancel my subscription to the News-Journal because of all your biased opinions. Watch and listen to what Fox news says about all this political whining.
Jenny Collins, Longview
Editor's note: The photograph on Monday's Sports page showed Brady being stripped of the football in a play that led to another score by the Eagles and sealed the victory for Philadelphia.
The Texas Parks & Wildlife Department is taxation without representation. It uses its excessive tribute to buy land, the same as seizing it, and now owns more land than anyone in Texas.
It is governed by a 10-member commission appointed by the governor to 10-year terms. It is unconstitutional.
Article 4, Section 4 of the Constitution says, "The United States shall guarantee to every state in this union a republican form of government." Who enforces this guarantee? Not Greg Abbott, not Dan Patrick, not Ted Cruz, not John Cornyn, not Jeff Sessions, not Donald Trump, not the U.S. District Court.
The TPW has seized all wildlife resources in violation of the Fifth Amendment, which says "no taking of private property for public use without just compensation."
Game wardens make random search and seizure stops every day. If a warden sees you hunting, fishing or boating, they stop and search and seize. They have "inspection authority." Any game warden that sees you taking wildlife resources or reasonably believes you have been or were attempting to take wildlife resources can inspect any container or anywhere he thinks wildlife resources may be "car, boat, 4-wheeler, home freezer." Game wardens are judge, jury and executioner, the same as all tyrants.
Lloyd Crabtree, Big Sandy