Thank you for publishing the guest editorial from The Austin American-Statesman editorial board ("The American-Statesman on Dan Patrick censoring debate," The Daily News, July 15).
Yes, all Texans should be “deeply troubled by Patrick’s ... use of his authority ... to cancel a panel discussion at a public institution supported in part by taxpayer dollars.”
I reiterate and agree that “what Patrick gave us last week was a textbook case of real censorship, a clear case of the government stifling free speech. Patrick abused his authority. The free exchange of ideas ... is the oxygen that keeps democracy alive.”
And, sad to say, our governor is no better as he “tried to curtail an honest ... examination of our state’s history, opting for indoctrination over discourse.”
Wake up, Texans! Aren’t those hired by we the voters “messin' with Texas?"
Yes, they are.
Maris P. Helfrich
Editor's note: On Thursday, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick asked the University of Texas to assemble a panel of historians to join the authors of the book "Forget the Alamo" in discussion and debate. The university has agreed to that, according to reports.