Thursday, August 6, 2015

Letter to Governor Abbot

Greg Abbot
Office of the Governor
P.O. Box 12428
Austin, Texas 78711-2428

Stephen C. McCraw, Director
David G. Baker & Robert J. Bodisch, Deputy Directors
Texas Department of Public Safety
PO Box 4087
Austin, TX, 78773-0001

Dear Governor Abbot:

The day before yesterday I went online to change the address on my driver’s license and got a message saying that I needed to update my browser first. That surprised me because I always update my software just as soon as I am informed that a software update is available. None the less, I checked for a new software update. Just as I thought, I already had the latest version and no software update was available. So I went back to the DPS website and tried again to change my address, to no avail. I continued getting the same message telling me I need to update my browser.

Day two of attempting to update the address on my driver’s license, I got in my car and drove to the driver’s license office on North Lamar. It was closed. There was a sign on the door saying the office would re-open in ten days, and everybody should go to a temporary office until then. I got back in my car, drove to the temporary office, went in, and explained that I needed to change the address on my driver’s license. She told me to do it online. I explained that I couldn’t. She said they cannot change addresses at the temporary office, and I would have to go elsewhere. I got back in my car and drove to Cedar Park. They said they could not change the address for me unless I waited in line and had my picture made again, even though my license is not expired nor due to expire any time soon. My hair was a mess. I did not wish to wait in that long line for an undetermined amount of time, have my picture made again, and buy a whole new drivers license, and battle the rush hour traffic to get home, when all I needed was to update the address. So I gave up for the day and went home.

On day three of attempting to change the address on my driver’s license, I got up early in the morning, styled my hair, and battled the morning rush hour traffic in hopes of beating the crowd so I wouldn’t have to wait in line for so long. When I arrived they told me the system was down. I ran an errand, came back, waited in line, had my picture made, and got a new driver’s license. It took me three days to change the address on my driver’s license. This is beyond ridiculous. It is obnoxious and disgusting.

As much money as the government takes from people for licenses, taxes, registrations, and traffic fines, it ought to be able to hire a good webmaster to keep it’s website in working order. And they ought to be able to simply change your address if you go in person, instead of making you wait in line and have your picture taken. How are people going to find the time to work and pay taxes if it takes three days of dealing with inefficient government bureaucracy to change the address on their driver’s license? Is that why the state of texas has resorted to policing for profits instead of protections via high way robbery? If the government can’t do any better, it needs to shut down.

I still remember how shocked and dismayed I was at how long it took me to get my first driver’s license 40 years ago. And it has just gotten worse. This is unacceptable. It is beyond unacceptable. It is ridiculous, rude, inconsiderate and obnoxious. If it takes any longer than five minutes to wait in line and renew your driver’s license, the government has no business requiring people to buy one. It is amazing to me that we the people have put up with this for so long. And I have had enough. This needs to be fixed.

If the information I found online is correct, the department of public safety has a director and two deputy directors. All of them are men. If those three men cannot get the department running more efficiently, I suggest you fire them all and hire a woman. And I think they should give back some of the money they have already been getting paid if they would like to keep their jobs and try. The department is unsustainable as it is. It has to be changed. Thank you for your immediate attention to this matter.


Gayle L. Michaels

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Letter for People to Copy and Send

To Whom it May Concern:

The amount of time people have to spend waiting in line to get a driver's license is rude, inconsiderate, inappropriate and unacceptable. As much money as the government is taking from people for licenses, registrations, taxes, fees, and fines, it should be able to operate efficiently. If not, we the people have no business trusting them with our money. If it takes longer than five minutes to renew a drivers license, the government should not be requiring people to buy one. The first time I got a drivers license 40 years ago there were long lines and the wait was atrocious. It has just gotten worse. It is amazing to me that the people have put up with this for so long. I have had enough. How are we supposed to find time to work and pay our taxes with all of the rigamarole government bureaucracies require us to go through in order to remain in compliance? It is beyond ridiculous. It is unacceptable.

I am also tired of seeing cops parked all up and down the highways like hornets waiting to sting people. I saw them all over town today when I was trying to comply. Policing for profit instead of for protection is an unethical opportunistic practice. That policy needs to be changed too. It is time for the government to stop it’s highway robbery. The rest of this letter has to do with government in general. It is not about the Texas Department of Public Safety. My experience with them today is just what tipped the scale and motivated me to take some long over due action.

The government is all about encouraging people to recycle. It loves making people feel guilty because they are using up the earth’s resources. But the military industrial complex is creating more pollution by making war than all of the people on this planet are creating together. How dare the government try to control individual behavior in the name of sustainability? What the government is doing is the most unsustainable activity of all. We the people are not responsible for contaminating the water supply with Flouride. The government creates agencies like FDA to work with companies like Monsanto, which is contaminating the food we eat with poison and mutating our fruits and vegetables into strangeness that doesn’t even taste right. Watermelons leave a nasty after taste on your tongue that is reminiscent of a dead goat. Tomato skins can barely be cut because the DNA has been spliced with spider web genes or worse. An organic apple costs $2.50. One that has been sprayed with a shiny substance that gives people a sick headache costs $.50. How are people supposed to trust the government to protect them when it is subsidizing big businesses that could care less about the health and well being of anyone and all it is interested in is making money? How can people respect a government that is making laws at the request of corporations that want to force people into buying food that is unhealthy for them. Why is the government restricting access to healthier and more efficient alternatives? Power running amuck and bull dozing the populace is insanity. It must stop. It is unsustainable.

The United States is supposed to be the land of the free and the home of the brave. But we have a larger percentage of our population in jail than any other country. What kind of a sick pull the wool practical joke is this to make money? And what percentage of the people in jail have even harmed anyone? The government is convicting people for non-violent crimes. How dare they? This country is supposed to be a Constitutional Republic that guarantees freedom and individual liberty. What has happened to Due Process of Law? Habeas Corpus? Miranda? According to our constitution, without a victim, there is no crime. And the jails are crowded with people who have done no harm to anyone. How dare government opportunistically exploit laws that were crafted and intended to protect people in order to make money? How dare it feed on a supposedly free society, and grow itself until it has mutated into a cancerous parasite? How dare it use restrictions and regulations as an alternative form of taxation?

Taxpayers are straining to make ends meet. They are over worked and under paid. There are so many obstacles and regulations and fines and taxes and fees that hard working people who need a day off can’t even rest and rejuvenate. They have to spend their free time struggling to give more of their hard earned money to an inefficient greedy government in attempt to be in compliance and avoid getting convicted. It is a pitiful state of affairs when the people in jail, who shouldn’t even be in jail, have time to play a game of cards, and those on the outside have to spend their free time in the futile pursuit of running around like hamsters on wheels attempting to give the government money in order to avoid getting arrested, when the government isn’t even responsible enough to wisely spend the money it is robbing from people, and hire a good webmaster to keep it’s website running properly. If this continues there will eventually be more people in jail than out of it. And those on the inside will have a higher quality of life than those on the outside. The government is unsustainable. And it has to change.

How dare any government make laws forcing people to vaccinate children with medicines that cause deafness and autism in order to put them in public schools, and prohibit medicinal herbs that have been used traditionally to heal people for hundreds, if not thousands, of years? How dare the government plan and build communities that look like mini-prisons, and herd-drive them into living like swarms and droves of hives completely away from nature where they cannot possibly thrive because it is unnatural? What is the point of all this? To work everybody to death and then dispose of them? I am disgusted with what is going on. This is unsustainable. And it needs to change.

Sincerely, Concerned Citizens

Places to send:

POTUS 1600 Pennsylvania Ave Washington, DC 20530

US Department of Human Justice 950 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Washington, DC 20530-0001

Greg Abbot Office of the Governor P.O. Box 12428 Austin, Texas 78711-2428

Ken Paxton Office of the Attorney General PO Box 12548 Austin, TX 78711-2548

Attention Steven C. MCCraw Director Texas Department of Public Safety PO Box 4087 Austin, TX, 78773-0001