To the Editor,

Authentic: being of undisputed origin. Genuine.

We being as Texans are bombarded everyday with claims of everything from beer brewed by global comglomerates to vehicles manufactured beyond or our state borders as being authentic to Texas. We have seen copies of things truly Texan being touted as such. And more everyday.

We know the truth.

It is a fact that being Texan is to have a sense of independence, of not following the status quo and asserting ourselves as we are without a need for explaination. We just are as we are. Yet that is not dependent on where we were born or how long we've lived here but how we live, of how we stay authentic to those ideals.

We are being asked to choose our representation in one of the two seats in the U.S. Senate. There is not a doubt of which candidate I support. I have the sign in my yard. My neighbor down the street has a different sign in their yard. Yet we both are still just as Texan as anyone.

To argue the qualifications of our choices is at a stage beyond effective debate. What we have now is not a matter of party politics. We should throw off the red or the blue and realize that what we are choosing should not align with anything more than being Texan, of being representive of what Texas is all about. Not of Washington D.C. in its present state.

As I see it, only one candidate is Texan. The other is being touted as Texan. One is genuine and deserving of my vote to be my representative. The other just another representative of the stagnant swamp and business as usual, being supported by a New Yorker telling us who is best for Texas. Like putting chili with beans on spaghetti and saying it's Texan. Yet, respectfully, your reasoning might be based on something different.

It is a matter of being authentic. Please vote. And quit stealing signs. That is so not Texan.

Alan Fox, Waxahachie