In contrast to Kevin Moran’s letter (“Please dump Randy Weber in 2020,” The Daily News, Oct. 26), Randy Weber is, and always has been, an excellent representative of the people of Texas and particularly Galveston County and all the way to Beaumont (the Texas 14th Congressional District).

Unlike many politicians, Weber really cares for his constituents. A brief example: In 2017, when I was nominated by President Trump for a judgeship position in D.C., Weber reviewed my curriculum vitae and spent hours meeting with me and my wife in his D.C. office, notwithstanding that the House doesn't have any voting rights whatsoever as to federal judges. Although, I was a New Orleans transplant and only a recent resident of Galveston (three years), Randy and his wife, Brenda, took an actual interest in me and my nomination.

These qualities speak more about the man and his principles, than Moran's ranting and raving about President Trump.

Randy cares about the people of Texas and America; he's a true conservative, who values the family unit, education, employment opportunities, the State of Texas and the U.S. Constitution. I will be campaigning for the re-election of a wonderful public servant, and I urge all eligible voters to re-elect Randy Weber as our representative in Washington.

Robert W. Nuzum

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Emile Pope

What “qualities”? Helping you to get a job isn’t a “quality”. The fact that he helped you personally doesn’t make him a better candidate or in any way make him the best person to serve the needs of Texans in his district.

Craig Mason

My thoughts exactly Emile. Call his office and ask about flood control or any other issue and see what you get.

Carlos Ponce

Flood control - Craig, how about doing a web search and "see what you get".

https://weber.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=417

https://weber.house.gov/constituent-services/harvey-resource.htm

https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/At-congressional-hearing-flood-experts-say-14115220.php

"Infrastructure projects aimed at flood prevention" Opinion by Bill Shuster, Randy Weber and Brian Babin

https://www.houstonchronicle.com/opinion/outlook/article/Infrastructure-projects-aimed-at-flood-prevention-12980257.php

"Attention from Washington: Cornyn: TX flood-control needs met in Congress" "“That’s when they tell you to come back and talk to us during the annual appropriations process. We were able to, as a result of Congressman (Randy) Weber, Congressman (Brian) Babin and the whole Texas delegations’ effort, we were able to do a good job working with Gov. (Greg) Abbott to make sure that Texas’ needs were taken care of.”

https://www.panews.com/2018/07/20/attention-from-washington-cornyn-tx-flood-control-needs-met-in-congress/

Craig Mason

Fake news!

Oh and I have met him too. A few times actually. Nice guy just not impressed. I hope Mayes Middleton runs for higher office at some point.

Carlos Ponce

What's "fake", Craig? And why needle Mayes Middleton? Since you think you can do a better job throw YOUR name into the ring.

Carlos Ponce

I have met and personally talked with Randy Weber and his wife on several occasions. His views and votes are Conservative which would be a turn off to Liberal readers and voters, but I am pleased. I re-viewed a video of his address to the graduates of Hitchcock High School which I recorded. His speech was very Reaganesque. His views reflect those of the majority of voters in Congressional District 14. His opponent on the other hand has an anti-petrochemical bias as part of her platform, something that would devastate jobs and the economic stability of this area.

Emile Pope

Republicans run on scaring their constituents, warning them of "dire consequences" that would occur if their opponents were elected. Democrats run on telling voters what they opponents are doing right now and telling them that they will definitely do better. The only question is whether voters will let their fears rule or their common sense...

Carlos Ponce

Great economy, lowered taxes, rebuilding the military, removal of over-regulation of small businesses, support for law enforcement, building the border barriers, trade agreement with European countries, Mexico, Canada, Part One of trade agreement with China, lowest unemployment in decades across the board - Blacks, Hispanics, Asians, women, teens, high job participation rate, etc. Common sense says vote Republican.

Emile Pope

Dow Jones 1-26-18 27,090.

Dow Jones 12-21-18 22,445.

Dow Jones 10-28-19 27,090. Great economy? Actually we had trade agreements with those countries before Donald. And because of those ridiculous trade wars the market has flatlined and manufacturing is down. And the tax sham overwhelmingly helped the wealthy and corporations. Let's not forget about the farmers who are now on welfare because of his policies...

Carlos Ponce

"Actually we had trade agreements with those countries before Donald. " Yes we did and to use the vernacular those deals "sucked". The economy is doing great! The tax cuts helped the rich and the poor but I understand class warfare is a tenet of the Communist Party. Not all farmers but most are voting Trump because of the deals he is working on, not because of the temporary aid.

Emile Pope

The Dow is at 27,071. lower than it was 21 months ago. That's below flatlining. You mean welfare? Where are the coal miner's jobs they were promised. Their healthcare plan? Mexico still hasn't paid for the wall. And the president is a crook as more and more comes out every day. And apparently a traitor...

Carlos Ponce

27,071 that's over 7000 points MORE since Trump took office.The three year change is UP 51.34%. The one year change is UP 16.05%. Flatline? Only someone poor at math would think so.

https://money.cnn.com/data/markets/dow/

Mike Zeller

2018 was a record-setting year for stocks, but it's one investors would rather forget.

2018 was the worst for stocks in 10 years. The Dow fell 5.6%. The S&P 500 was down 6.2% and the Nasdaq fell 4%. It was the worst year for stocks since 2008 and only the second year the Dow and S&P 500 fell in the past decade.

https://www.cnn.com/2018/12/31/investing/dow-stock-market-today/index.html

Carlos Ponce

Misleading information, Mike. 2017 was a stellar year gaining 25.1%. 2018 was seen as an adjustment year dropping 5.6% as you mention, but the overall picture over TWO years is a NET GAIN. So far 2019 the Dow Jones has increased 16.1% from the end of 2018.

Here's a gambling analogy: You walk into a casino with $1000. At the end of hour 1 you have $1251 - you've gained 25.1%. But by the end of hour 2 you've lost some and now only have $1181 - a loss of 5.6%, but you're still ahead of where you were when you entered the casino. Well into the third hour you now have $1371, a gain of 16.1% since the end of hour two. Now compare where you started to where you are now. You have gained! Do the math.

Emile Pope

Stupid analogy. The first year you work you get your full pay. The next year you receive no pay and part of last year’s pay is taken away. Are you happy? The fact is that although you have more money than you had you still have much less money than you were supposed to have. And blithering and garbage doesn’t change that...

Carlos Ponce

Apparently the math eludes Emile. Not surprising.

Emile Pope

Apparently someone can’t comprehend that the market is where it was almost two years ago. Growth?

Carlos Ponce

" the market is where it was almost two years ago." WRONG! I'll try to explain it - one more time. If on January 1, 2018 you had $1000 invested in the Dow Jones portfolio by the end of the year you lost 5.6% and have $944. But by October 30, 2019 you have gained 16.1% and now have $1095.98. That's called a NET GAIN on your original investment, an increase of 9.6% in 1 2/3 years. Stock market investment is not for the squeamish. A temporary set back in return for a nice gain over the long haul is good. To say " the market is where it was almost two years ago" is ignoring the facts and not true.

Carlos Ponce

Emile is making a jejune mistake by taking two days, two years apart and drawing an illogical conclusion. The Stock Market is open 251 days a year so in two years we are talking about 502 days. Suppose you were given two pieces of a 502 piece jigsaw puzzle. Could you tell me what the picture will be without more pieces or the picture on the box? No. Looking at the Stock Market for just one or two days is not wise. You need more pieces of the puzzle and hopefully all pieces placed together in their proper place to draw a logical conclusion. In 2017 the Dow Jones average rose 25.1%. In 2018 it dropped 5.6% but has risen 16.1% since. Overall - a good picture.

Jim Forsythe

The stock market increase at this point in their presidency, for Trump and Obama is about the same. But both trail Clinton at 45%, for the same time period.

If you extend it out to 48 months, Obama was at 72% and Clinton was at 106%.

At 96 months, Obama was at 148% and Clinton was at 229%.

Can Trump keep up with the growth rate that other presidents have set, maybe, but not likely.

Jim Forsythe

Large-cap stocks have performed slightly better in the first three years after Donald Trump’s election than they did under President Obama’s first three years after his election. The gap in Dow stocks is a bit wider. Growth stocks, however, favor President Obama slightly, as reflected in his five-percent advantage in the Nasdaq.

As with everything in the stock market, however, context matters. President Obama was elected in the midst of the worst economic downturn America has seen since the Great Depression, and he took office about six weeks before the market bottomed (and was elected four months before the bottom). Trump was elected amid almost universal U.S. growth: rising GDP, escalating home prices, and an unemployment rate (4.8%) that was less than half its late-2009 nadir (10%). So it’s far from an apples-to-apples comparison.

Trump advisor Larry Kudlow, who wrote more than a decade ago that stock market performance is the “best barometer” of a country’s health – and a direct reflection on the president.

“I have long believed that stock markets are the best barometer of the health, wealth and security of a nation,” Kudlow wrote during the George W. Bush administration. “And today’s stock market message is an unmistakable vote of confidence for the president.”

Notably, Kudlow wrote that line in 2007 – just prior to the financial crisis and Great Recession. So perhaps stock markets aren’t the best barometer of the “health…of a nation” after all.

Emile Pope

Apparently English wasn't your subject...If the Dow Jones was 27,090 two years ago and was exactly the same yesterday...it's flat. What's the difference in the two numbers? When is one higher that the other? Gobbledegook doesn't change anything...

Carlos Ponce

"If the Dow Jones was 27,090 two years ago and was exactly the same yesterday...it's flat." No it is not. Read my remarks about your jejune reasoning. To look at two dates ONLY is not looking at the entire picture. The economy is excellent. Stock Market is just one indicator.

Emile Pope

https://www.cnn.com/interactive/2019/business/stock-market-by-president/index.html

Carlos Ponce

The economy is excellent. Stock Market is just one indicator.

Carlos Ponce

Emile's link is an invalid comparison. Comparing 8 years of other president's performances to 2.8 years of Trump. Wait until after Trump's second term, then you can compare.

Jim Forsythe

In October 2018 the PMI was 57.5. In April 2019, the PMI was 52.8 and it has decreased each month until September, when it was 47.8, losing almost 10 points in one year ..

Unless this trend changes, we are headed to a slow down if not a Recession. If this rate decrease in rate does not change, we will be in the 46 range in about 4 months.

PMI Manufacturing contracted in September, as the PMI registered 47.8 percent, a decrease of 1.3 percentage points from the August reading of 49.1 percent. This is the lowest reading since June 2009, the last month of the Great Recession, when the index registered 46.3 percent. “The PMI contracted for the second straight month. The contraction continues six straight months of softening in manufacturing. Only one of the PMI sub indexes (Supplier Deliveries) registered at a level associated with expansion. Two of the six big industries expanded, and four contracted,” . A reading above 50 percent indicates that the manufacturing economy is generally expanding; below 50 percent indicates that it is generally contracting.

Emile Pope

I'll wait for his third term. First for bribery, second for tax evasion, third for fraud...

Carlos Ponce

He'll only serve two presidential terms, Emile and after that there's an excellent roster of Republican men and women to choose from.

Charles Douglas

Yes sir! Preach!!!!! ( Mr. Ponce ) ...is talking about that BADDDDDD MAN in DC NOW! That BADDDDD MAN is turning things around in DC, and I am for, and will cast my vote for anybody who is helping him do what he is doing! Lolo.. Democrats have not accomplished anything! They can't even get that BADDDD MAN out office! They have tried everything, and accomplished nothing! After the next election many of them will be called home, and that BADDDD MAN will still be in DC, draining the SEWER, and cleaning up the SWAMP!

Gary Miller

I understand a politician speaking before a group of voters will be careful about what they say. Randy Weber spoke at our local Tee Party meetings several times. What he said and what he's done since have been conservative and supportive of local people controlling their lives without government interference. Worth another vote.

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