Mothers can make a difference

We don’t have to stay the way we were born. Sinners. 

I believe that we, as women, should teach our children right from wrong so that when they (grow up), they will better understand who is who, and what their purpose is, whether in the home, or outside the home. Then, I believe, the world will be a better place to live in. Respect one another. 

Claire Nelms , Kerrville

Open-borders folks would change tune if they lived on the border

Byron York is spot on in his remarks about the crisis at the border. Not only is there a crisis at OUR Southern border there us a crisis of our country. I suggested to our President that for those who are advocating for open borders, send the illegals to their states and then see how fast these representatives, senators and citizens would be screaming for border control And let my freedom from this invasion (because that is what I is) ring this 4th of July!

Mary Mays, Kerrville

Census intended to preserve voice of citizens, not foreigners

Astounding what is happening. Dysfunction of US government, the lack of logic and understanding of the US Constitution, We, as in “We the people” have lost understanding of the role of the US government. It is manifest in the constitutional requirement for an enumeration every ten years to determine the number of representatives and electoral votes for each state. It is to count the number of people, persons, citizens of each state. That is the sole reason for the enumeration or census. It is not to include, for representative purposes to the US government, people in the state on vacations or visiting or there illegally. It is to determine the number of “people of the state,” not people in the state.

Three federal judges have denied the inclusion of a citizenship question in the census and the supreme Court has even had the case presented to it. Have we lost our minds?

The census is to provide current citizenship data so the states can have their constitutionally specified representation and electoral votes. The election of the president is by popular vote within each state, winner gets all the electoral votes, the people do not vote directly for president in a national election, it is the states voting with their electoral votes that determine the winner. That is to say the US government deals with the states not the people of the states individually. 

We, the people, should not tolerate such stupidity! Vote in new people that appreciate the genius of what we have inherited, The Constitution of the United States.

Richard Monts, Kerrville


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Mary Lou Shelton

Mr. Monts, Multiple sources, including the words in the constitution, state that the census is to count every person living in the state. Even slaves were counted-though only as 3/5 of a person. Nothing is said about them being of the state or a citizen. And courts have repeatedly upheld this interpretation. Now it may well be time to revisit this idea, just as it may well be time to examine moving to a popular vote to elect the president, or to proportional electoral votes from each state. I don't think that the founding fathers thought they had written the perfect document that would never need revision, but there are many that do. As an aside, a few counties in tx. have large prison populations. Even though they cannot vote, these persons are counted as residents. Perhaps that also needs to change. Gene


For all those who love the Constitution, consider its actual words: "Representatives and direct Taxes shall be apportioned among the several States which may be included within this Union, according to their respective Numbers, which shall be determined [Namely] --> by adding to the whole Number of free Persons ... excluding Indians not taxed, three fifths of all other Persons [i.e., slaves]. The actual Enumeration shall be made... within every subsequent Term of ten Years, in such Manner as they [i.e., the House of Representatives--NOT the Senate] shall by Law direct." Unless one thinks that these immigrant, human souls who find their way within our borders should be the equivalent of modern-day slaves, we should probably faithfully follow the U.S. Constitution and carefully count each and every one, for the purpose of both taxation and representation. (By all means, make sure that they pay their fair share of taxes, just like those who have by good fortune been born here.) It seems that when these words were written, most Americans were first generation, and their numbers were growing daily with immigrants from all over! It is only since WW2, and really with the end of the Mexican guest worker (Braceros) program in 1964, that we have begun to make the distinction between legal and illegal aliens. Fifty-five years. And yet we think our ideas have always been the only logical ones! Patrick Lewis

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