Robert Mueller, White Rhino, Starter Homes, Jorge Ramos, Immigration, Solar Energy, Trump's Signature

Cruz and Cornyn should join inRe: "Stop Mueller Attacks — GOP leaders right in trying to rein in Trump," March 20 Editorials."If he tried to do that [fire Robert Mueller], that would be the beginning of the end of his presidency, because we're a rule-of-law nation," Sen. Lindsay Graham, an ally of the president, said on CNN. "When it comes to Mr. Mueller, he is following the evidence where it takes him, and I think it's very important he be allowed to do his job without interference, and there are many Republicans who share my view."I urge Sen. Ted Cruz and Sen. John Cornyn to issue statements of their own, supporting this position. If the President has done nothing illegal, why would he oppose the rule of law and due process?Texans are paying very close attention to the actions of their representatives and are firmly opposed to allowing Russian interference in our democracy. Anything that would contravene or interfere with the right of Texans to vote would be strongly opposed and viewed as odious and extremely dangerous to our rights.Stewart Ball, DallasGoing extinctRe: "Last male northern white rhino dies — Experts scramble to develop technology to help avoid extinction," March 21 news story.Sudan, the world's last male northern white rhino, died March 20 at Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya. Sudan's death has guaranteed that he was the last of his kind.You may be thinking, why am I talking about this? Because, while supporting our kids at the March For Our Lives last weekend, I kept thinking that Rep. Pete Sessions, Sen. Ted Cruz and Sen. John Cornyn and their party are like ol' Sudan. I don't think they'll pass any reasonable gun control. I'm sure the NRA has paid them off enough for the rest of this Congressional session. And who knows, their blood money may even buy you one more congressional term. But make no mistake, thanks to these brave and inspiring kids, you and your party are going to be the last of your kind.David Kravetz, DallasWhy no counsel for Trump?Even mobsters like Al Capone and John Gotti, accused murderers like O.J. Simpson and notorious serial killers seem to get top-notch lawyers. So why can't President Donald Trump?Kenneth L. Zimmerman, Huntington Beach, Calif.High-priced housesRe: "Starter homes getting scarcer, pricier — Less than 8 percent of homes in Dallas market are in first-timers' range," March 22 Business story.I appreciated this article and fact-based reporting on this subject. In the past, condominiums, town homes and small and zero-lot-line housing products were an industry response to higher starter home prices. I don't detect as much activity and discussion around these housing types as in previous cycles. Is my perception correct, or is more happening than I realize? Construction liability lawsuits and concerns over difficulty in making needed renovations may be issues. Prices and supply also may be issues for these housing options as well. Some reporting on this could be worthwhile.Art Hudman, PlanoHed Re: "People are not illegal — The term strips humanity and establishes degrees of false superiority among equals, says Jorge Ramos," Sunday Points.I am writing as an Asian immigrant who came into this country 15 years ago. As a qualified professional, I had to jump over many hurdles and wait for nearly 10 years to get my immigrant visa approved.Against this background, I find the articles written by Ramos and other liberal activists rather ludicrous. First, many of the people coming across the border have little respect for the host country's immigration laws. Second, after coming in, they make no effort to make their stay legal. Many of them commit further illegal acts by obtaining fraudulent Social Security and ID cards to gain employment. It is a pity that immigration laws were never enforced by previous administrations. They are not Trump's laws, they are the federal laws they have broken. They claim they are honest, upright citizens,How?The emotional trauma experienced by these undocumented immigrants is always highlighted as a means of justification, not realizing they brought it upon themselves. Is jumping the line and claiming legitimacy and preference fair to the millions of other legal Immigrants? Is this a message you want to send to the rest of the world?Chittaranjan Jaswanthkumar, ChicagoKeep monopolies away from solarThe Edison Electric Institute, a powerful national lobbying group for monopoly utilities, suggested its members should be able to provide and control home solar and battery storage services. It's part of an ongoing utility campaign against home solar and an attempt to take away our choice to self-generate energy.These D.C. lobbyists are trying to tell us Texans how to run our energy industry. But allowing monopolies to own and manage our home-grown energy will stifle innovation and work against the interest of consumers. Let's allow free market competition to bring down costs and create higher quality products.I've been working in Texas solar for nearly a decade. I've been with home solar and battery company Sunrun since they opened their doors in Dallas. We are already working with local energy suppliers like ENGIE to offer solar solutions. Monopoly utilities should stick to what they do best, which is building poles and wires and recovering the costs from Texas ratepayers.Sarah-Ann Walter, DallasWhat's up with Trump's signature?Is it my imagination or is President Donald Trump's signature being bigger, thicker and darker each time he signs new legislation? There was a time when a different pen was used for each letter and then given as souvenirs although maybe that was only on the inspirational but fictional West Wing with President Bartlett.There are a number of ways of considering this signature, now getting so large that soon a Crayon will need to be used, including it being a reflection of a growing ego or its seismographic appearance being a symbol of the political shakeups that have and will occur.When the signed documents are shown on TV, only the signature is really visible and that is not a comforting image.Dennis Fitzgerald, Melbourne, AustraliaPerfect logicI recently had a conversation with a teenage boy that I'd like to share. We were driving down the alley in our Dallas neighborhood, and I said, "That building they are building is illegal." He said, "What do you mean?" I said, "All buildings in the backyard have to be at least 3 feet from the property line and sometimes 5 feet." He asked me a couple of more questions about spacing and and the law and I said, "Someone has to call in a complaint for anything to happen." We had a couple of more exchanges about calling in to code compliance and then I explained, that garage apartments are illegal anywhere in this neighborhood. He replied that everybody has them and then said, "I guess they don't care, then." I couldn't argue with that logic.Barbara King, East Dallas  Continue reading...

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