This article regarding Rafael Cruz ramping up his campaign against Beto O'Rourke is an interesting exercise in contrasts. Where O'Rourke's political ads ask for cooperation and understanding to address issues ranging from the contrived NFL flag controversy to obsolete drug policies, Cruz forgoes substance to rely on dog whistle name-calling and innuendo.
Also note with amusement Cruz's yard signs that read "Tough as Texas." A true Texan would be tough enough to demand a public apology from a person who publicly insults his family and whom he had previously described as a "pathological liar," "utterly amoral" and "a serial philanderer." As a fourth-generation Texan, I wonder what Sam Houston would think of someone who would not stand up for his family's honor.
James C. Francis, Carrollton
Cruz's way or no way
Ted Cruz's non-negotiable terms for debating Beto O'Rourke reminds me of his "my way or the highway" tactics that resulted in the 2013 government shutdown. Stubborn refusal to compromise does not benefit our citizens, our nation or our state.
Mary Jean Hayden, Dallas/Knox Henderson
A double-standard on dirt
Re: "Cruz campaigns harder as GOP blasts O'Ro
Todd Gillman decries the use of an old arrest picture of Beto O'Rourke to slander him in his political race against Ted Cruz. He writes that it appears the GOP is trying to reshape O'Rourke's image from "fresh-faced Kennedy-esque optimist to dangerous radical". Gillman's article leads the reader to believe he supports some limited, if any, use of old transgressions in politics.
I could not agree more with Gillman. But that is not the standard that is applied to our president. We have folks going back as far as inception to find any and all dirt on Donald Trump. Haven't read Gillman condemning that approach for Trump. America is getting pretty good at establishing a double-standard society. Seems that what is good for the goose is not always good for the gander. Some might look at this as political bias. Rightly or wrongly, some think the media is complicit in perpetrating this bias.
Jerry W. Halpin, Lucas
Now we hear from Cruz
Sen. Ted Cruz has never responded to any of our emails. We know it is impossible to communicate with him in any way. We've written him off, as he's written us off.
Now, suddenly, we are receiving fundraising emails from Ted Cruz. This man who has used our tax dollars for his own political benefit without regard to us suddenly wants us to give him money for his personal fundraising. What a slap in the face.
I am sure our money would not be good enough for you, Mr. Cruz. We have not been good enough for you all the years you've enjoyed politics. Vaya con dios the heck away from us.
Rebecca Todd, Dallas
Signs don't count as votes
Re: "Cruz doesn't do his job," by David McLintock, Sept. 1 Letters.
This writer, a supporter of Rep. Beto O'Rourke, ends his impassioned plea with "I see more 'Beto' yard signs than 'Cruz.'"
I'm sure that if Sen. Ted Cruz wins the election, the author will maintain it was illegal because there were more Beto signs than Cruz. I'm reminded of the past election. Oh, the irony.
Bob and Marsha Crawford, Richardson
Reasons to back O'Rourke
Ted Cruz has shown he lacks the independent courage that Texans demand to remain as our state's senator. I am advocating for Congressman Beto O'Rourke to win Cruz's seat on Nov. 6.
Cruz's galling comments on whether Texans care about the Russian election interference should be considered as unpatriotic and unfitting to represent our state. The fact Cruz has called Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation a "farce" should be an instant red flag toward his
lack of respect for every Texan. The simple reality is our state deserves a senator who stands up against President Donald Trump's obsession with Russian President Vladimir Putin. O'Rourke would put a much needed check on our president.
O'Rourke is running a campaign primarily fueled by 216,000 small-money donors, outraising Cruz by $23 million. O'Rourke's donors would allow the candidate to do what is essential for building a strong economy shared by all Americans. In contrast, many of Cruz's financial backers demand tax breaks, hereby exploding America's national debt.
Additionally, voting for O'Rourke means people with disabilities would have an advocate serving in Washington. The senate hopeful co-signed a Democratic bill, HR 1377, which ends sub-minimum wage for people with disabilities. Lastly, O'Rourke's voting record includes a "no" vote on HR 620 which puts the onus on disabled people to prove business owners have ample evidence that their establishment is inaccessible to the person before filing a lawsuit. I regard these measures as critical due to the fact I have severe cerebral palsy.
O'Rourke's common-sense approach to climate change is the final reason I am voting for him.
I urge Texans to vote for O'Rourke because our state deserves a senator who puts America above politics.
Jay Prophet, Denton
Cruz vote is one for Trump
Regarding a recent Ted Cruz commercial, Cruz made a commercial about standing for our flag, yet he never states or admits his leader disrespected a military hero and senator by raising his White House flag after John McCain's passing and then, to make it worse, fought to keep it up. Kneeling is a high form of respect which is more than our president has shown for McCain.
It is the same party. Voting for Cruz is a vote for Trump, who is the disrespectful one.
Anne Binns, Far North Dallas
Escaping Irish heritage
Re: "Cruz takes PAC money," by Priscilla Dayton, Sept. 1 Letters.
Regarding this letter, Dayton claims that Sen. Ted Cruz is a hypocrite because he uses the nickname "Ted." She goes on to say that Robert Francis O'Rourke started using the name "Beto" before he was in kindergarten.
If Dayton truly believes that story then I have some oceanfront property in Arizona that I would love to sell to her. Anyone who tries to escape their Irish heritage to get the Hispanic vote by using only the name "Beto" is the true definition of hypocrisy!
Candy Gilmore, Far North Dallas
O'Rourke's the petty one
I'd remind your newspaper that Sen. Ted Cruz had the debate all set in Dallas on a Friday night when Beto O'Rourke pulled out like the coward he is. Your "petty antics" apply to O'Rourke, not Cruz.
Carl Herman, Dallas/Lakewood
Cruz turns to Trump
All Texas voters need to know about Sen. Ted Cruz is easily summed up with the knowledge that after being thoroughly and disgustingly abused in tweets by Donald Trump, who critiqued his wife's looks, talked about his father's involvement with killing JFK and made other taunts, Cruz then turns cravenly to him for help in his bid for re-election. Doesn't he realize that after a two-minute blather about Cruz, Trump will spend the rest of the rally making it all about him while stirring up the rabid base up with ugliness and divisiveness? We don't need or want that in Texas!
Irma MyersDonihoo, Plano
If we're sending people back ...
It was reported that Sen. Ted Cruz paused, chuckled, and remarked "that's a good one" when someone in the crowd shouted about Beto O'Rourke, "send him back to Ireland."
I don't know if O'Rourke has ever been to Ireland, but I suggest we send Cruz back to Canada where he was born along with his father, whom the president has charged with conspiring to kill JFK.
A cautionary note: I believe that Michael Flynn chanted "lock her up" referring to Hillary Clinton. It now appears Flynn could be the one locked up.
Phyllis Vaughn, Sherman
Republicans try to stoke fear
Republicans Greg Abbott and Ted Cruz label their Democratic opponents as socialists to stoke fear among Texans. Instead, Abbott and Cruz should explain why the Heritage Foundation, a right-wing think tank, rates the U.S. as only the 18th most economically free country. Heritage's 2018 report cites a continuing decline in government integrity in the U.S.
President Trump faces six different federal and state criminal investigations. Five of Trump's associates stand convicted of federal felonies. Within the last month, the U.S. indicted Republican members of Congress, Duncan Hunter and Chris Collins.
The Republican Texas attorney general, Ken Paxton, is under indictment on charges of securities fraud. Republican Land Commissioner George P. Bush reportedly authorized unlawful severance pay and filed false time sheets. Texas convicted Democratic state Sen. Carlos Uresti for fraud this year.
Canada, which has much lower income inequality than the U.S. and has universal, single-payer health care, ranks highest in the Western Hemisphere and ninth in the world.
I will vote for Democratic candidates in the midterms because they will fight government corruption.
Brian Dungan, Carrollton
Source : https://www.dallasnews.com/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/2018/09/08/letters-senate-race-texas-beto-orourke-ted-cruz-heats