Your observation that Sen. Cornyn is closer to the Republican base of the party than are Perry, Dewhurst, and Hutchison is absolutely correct (“The Gospel According to John Cornyn,” Aug. 8). Consider the conservative planks of the Texas Republican Party platform-which is written by the rank and file. In my view Sen. Cornyn is one of the few in the Senate who conducts himself as all senators should-with dignity, thoughtfulness, and conviction. He would make a great president.
One further observation: Most of those at the state convention were struck by the ultracool reception given to the speech by Kay Bailey Hutchison. She will not be our next governor.
Gerald Fruziavia e-mail
AN ALTERNATE TAKE
Big John. Texas down the toilet. Big John. Big Sad John.
George P. Webstervia e-mail
A BRIGHTER FUTURE
There is another energy system on the horizon to help these people (“Let There Be Light,” Aug. 8). The problem has always been whether the “powers that be” will allow the new power systems. I actually know of several inventors who have developed systems that can generate more than enough power to manage these people’s energy deficit. There is no reason that everybody can’t enjoy easy living with cheaper electricity.
Kim Zorzivia e-mail
NO END TO THE ROAD
Please forgive me for my handwritten letter and my informality. I am reading the July 11 Summer Books edition of the Observer. It is captivating. I began at the back and have progressed to the front this afternoon.
I am a 91-year-old freelance writer and fugitive from South Texas, Port Isabel. I am actually an Okie in disguise and at present live in Manor (the end of the road).
I remember reading On the Road by Jack Kerouac many years ago on a vacation from Ponca City, Oklahoma, to South Padre Island.
I am without a typewriter at the moment and know better than to handwrite this, but necessity rules. I have written for Oklahoma Today, Western Woman, True West, Real West, and others. Before moving to this town, I wrote a weekly column for a South Padre Island paper. Many years ago, I wrote for True Story, True Confessions, True Romance, and the like.
I hope to rejoin the fraternity of writers soon.
What amazing photographs! I want to get a copy of Exodus/Ã‰xodo as soon as it comes out (“Movement of the People,” July 11). These are compelling images that have increasing relevance as each day passes and as the pressures to leave the country escalate.
Altha Craveyvia e-mail
TO SWIFT GO THE SPOILS
I, too, love the work of Edward Swift, and don’t understand why it’s not more heralded (“Out in East Texas,” July 11). Thanks for a wonderful piece on the unique genius of Mr. Edward Swift.
Peter Cameron via e-mail
WALL OF SHAME
South Texas refuge manager Ken Merritt deserved a better fate for all of his years of unselfish service (“Against the Wall,” June 27). Our country is circling the drain as a result of this administration’s acts. We must have a change before it’s too late for future generations.