Texas AG investigating Chick-fil-A exclusion
Texas’ attorney general opened an investigation Thursday into San Antonio’s decision to exclude Chick-fil-A from opening airport concession facilities due to the fast-food chain owners’ record on LGBT issues.
Attorney General Ken Paxton announced the investigation in a letter to San Antonio officials and stated his office will examine whether Texas’ second-largest city violated state law with the rejection. Paxton called the move “the opposite of tolerance” and a “discriminatory decision” based on the religious beliefs of the chain’s owners.
“The Constitution’s protection of religious liberty is somehow even better than Chick-fil-A’s chicken,” Paxton said in the letter. “Unfortunately, I have serious concerns that both are under assault at the San Antonio airport.”
The attorney general’s action comes after the San Antonio City Council voted 6-4 last week to block Chick-fil-A from getting a new concession contract at the airport. The council members voted instead for city staff to find another company for the contract.
“The City’s Attorney’s Office is reviewing the letter. I am withholding comment until we have had adequate time to analyze it,” San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg said in an emailed statement.
Council member Manny Pelaez said at the meeting that Chick-fil-A has a history of funding anti-LGBTQ organizations that support and advocate for gay conversion therapy. Pelaez said approving the restaurant would “help them fund those efforts by making money off of our airport.”
Buffett: Boeing issues won’t stymie aviation
Investor Warren Buffett, who has major stakes in three airlines that operate the Boeing 737 Max, says safety issues with the jet won’t have a long-term effect on the aviation industry.
The plane is grounded after two deadly crashes within five months. Boeing is upgrading flight-control software.
“Obviously there’s a problem with this 737 Max, but Boeing, you can bet they’re staying up 24 hours a day to get it worked out,” Buffett said Thursday.
The 88-year-old chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway praises the safety of flying, saying it’s almost impossible to believe how much it has improved during his lifetime.
Berkshire Hathaway holds stakes in Delta, Southwest, United and American. All but Delta have Max jets. The firm had no Boeing shares as of Dec. 31.
Buffett, who spoke at a benefit event in Grapevine, near Dallas, said Berkshire’s shares in Delta Air Lines accidentally went above his normal limit of a 10 percent stake in a company this month when the airline borrowed money to buy back stock. Then he bought more shares, and now owns 10.4 percent of the Atlanta-based carrier.
District: Teacher made mistake with essay
A Houston-area school district says one of its teachers used poor judgment when she had her students read an essay critical of President Donald Trump.
The Goose Creek school district teacher had seventh-graders read a series of 10 essays from an outside source designed to help them practice inference and point of view. One of the essays was titled “Trump Against American Values.”
In a statement Wednesday, the school district said “clearly the teacher did not use good judgment” with the essay.
The district says the teacher “had no ill intent.”
The district says after the incident was made public, it received many calls about it that were “threatening in nature.”