The letters section of the Dallas Morning News covered a wide range of views on the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission’s operation to preemptively arrest drunk drivers. Here are to the issue:
The common sense view:
Backwater Barney Fifes turn Texas into a joke
What am I missing here? Operation Last Call is supposed to eliminate or reduce drunken drivers by issuing citations before they leave the bar, if, in the “opinion” of the agent, the perpetrator “seems” drunk?
By that logic, we can remove all, or most, murderers from our streets by perusing the gun registry, since murderers usually use such weapons.
I’m not certain how such citations are even constitutional, but I’m willing to bet most people just pay the fine and get the hell out of Texas, making our state the butt of more jokes.
I think a more appropriate term for this recent activity would be “revenue enhancement by swaggering, tin-horn, backwater Barney Fifes.”
Mike Nielson, Dallas
The MADD view:
My family’s experience tells me TABC is right
Re: “TABC stakes out bars in intoxication sting — Effort goes too far, say 2 jailed for drinking and sitting in Irving; officials stand by law,” Friday news story.
I am a nondrinker who has never patronized a bar and who is fully aware of the association between alcohol and crime.
In addition, my aunt and cousin are dead and my uncle is quadriplegic as a result of a drunken driver. Therefore, I find it very difficult not to applaud any effort to reduce public intoxication.
Kathy Ortiz, Richardson
The liberal view:
Here’s a state agency that could use funding …
Re: “Woman opened the door to her son’s killer,” by Jacquielynn Floyd, Tuesday Metro, on the tragic death of 2-year-old Chase Chamberlain.
There was a story in the previous Saturday’s Dallas Morning News about how horribly underfunded Child Protective Services is. On the page opposite this appeared coverage about Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission agents run amok and proud of it.
Maybe funding being squandered by TABC would be better spent with CPS.
David Newell, Euless
The conservative view:
… and here’s another real problem to fix
Re: “Bar arrests elicit outrage — Public floods TABC with e-mails; legislators to review program,” Saturday news story.
How ironic and frustrating that we can come up with 100 additional officers to enforce public intoxication laws, yet we can’t find any additional agents to enforce our immigration laws, especially here in Texas.
Don Pinkos, Plano
While it’s a repeat, it’s still my favorite:
I’ll be fucked by a rabid wombat! Youse cunts won’t even let a guy get drunk anymore? Christ on a shaslick stick, what the fuck was The Alamo about? Guess who will NEVER spend tourism dollars in your (police) State? Me, ya fuckin’ wankers. GreginOz. And P fuckin’ S, since I am in Australia – get a bristly Brahman bull up yer arse, bristles backwards, you sanctimonius butt fuckers.