Dear editor,

By almost a unanimous vote (124-5), the Texas House voted to put the words “under God” into the Texas Pledge of Allegiance.

Recited by thousands of school children every day, the change mirrors the national pledge which has included “under God” since 1954. The pledge will be: “Honor the Texas flag. I pledge allegiance to thee, Texas, one state under God and indivisible.”

Surprisingly from a Democrat, we hear a sick complaint; when will those people learn right from wrong?

Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a guft so we call it the present. Thank God for a wonderful vote.

Corbin Priefert

Lindale





Dear editor,

An amendment to reform federal farm and food policies to help more farmers and to better address hunger, health and environmental challenges would increase federal farm spending by at least $20 million in 13 Texas congressional districts when compared with extension of the 2002 Farm Bill.

That’s according to analysis conducted by a former USDA official on behalf of Environmental Defense, a national environmental group.

The districts include those represented by Reps. Louie Gohmert ($39,851,327), Silvestre Reyes ($25,781,218), Chet Edwards ($21,799,617), Sheila Jackson-Lee ($27,848,728), Charles A. Gonzalez ($24,314,592), Lamar S. Smith ($20,120,792), Ciro Rodriquez ($33,334,828), Lloyd Doggett ($20,916,272), Henry Cuellar ($41,813,031), Gene Green ($23,082,018), Eddie Bernice Johnson ($23,442,336), Ralph M. Hall ($20,556,203) and Jeb Hensarling ($23,528,624).

The full House is scheduled to debate the Farm Bill Extension Act on Thursday. The Fairness in Farm and Food Policy Amendment to the Farm Bill Extension Act will be offered by a bipartisan group of legislators to reduce and restructure farm subsidies and to increase spending on USDA nutrition, conservation and rural development programs.

The Fairness in Farm and Food Policy Amendment would reform subsidies by replacing Depression-era prices guarantees with a modern, revenue-based safety net developed by USDA, placing reasonable limits on crop subsidies, controlling the administrative costs of crop insurance, and by gradually reducing “direct” subsidy payments linked to past production.

The amendment increases nutrition spending by $5.4 billion over five years, increases conservation spending by $6 billion over five years, and makes other investments to help fruit and vegetable growers, minority farmers, and boost rural development.

Jennifer Dickson

Austin

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