Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor: Aug. 24, 2017

Re: Aug. 16 article, “U.S. court voids 2 area congressional districts.” If the chief financial officer of a corporation were found guilty of embezzling company funds over the course of a decade, the logical first step would be to terminate his control of the company’s money. Yet, after the court’s finding that the Texas Legislature has repeatedly violated voters’ rights...

Letters to the editor

Re: Aug. 16 commentary, “Phillips: Is Patrick lieutenant governor or viceroy? Let voters decide.” Viewpoints writer Alberta Phillips observes that Texans are not people ruled by a viceroy. I don’t think the lieutenant governor and the governor ever got that memo. They are royalty who fabricate stories. Dan Patrick once said, “People are happy with their governments at the state...
Letters to the editor: Aug. 21, 2017

Letters to the editor: Aug. 21, 2017

Re: Aug. 16 article, “Confederate rally set for Austin on heels of Charlottesville outcry.” It is hard to believe that after what happened in Virginia that Austin would allow such an event to occur. There is no reason to honor Confederate heritage. This is a time in the South’s history that we should be moving away from, not honoring. You know that the neo-Nazis, the Klan and other...

Letters to the editor: Aug. 20, 2017

To those who say that Confederate memorials do not support racism but merely celebrate culture — and that men like Robert E. Lee did good deeds other than their participation in the Civil War — I ask, “Why should we be publicly honoring traitors at all?” Benedict Arnold was a fine general and a worthy colleague of George Washington until he committed treason by switching sides...

Letters to the editor: Aug. 19, 2017

Some may be aware of my efforts to have a statue of Leslie Cochran placed at Sixth Street and Congress Avenue. In light of the current spate of controversies, I suggest that the bronze Jefferson Davis statue be melted down for Leslie’s new incarnation. Now, wouldn’t it also be special if we have him his own street? Down with Lee; up with Leslie! SPENCER NUTTING, AUSTIN What I learned about...

Letters to the editor: Aug. 18, 2017

Re: Aug. 12 article, “Activists say Austin plan for 65 percent renewable energy isn’t enough.” If you had told me that Georgetown would achieve 100 percent renewable energy while Austin balked at making such a commitment, well — I guess pigs can fly! The unforeseen consequences of going to all wind and solar have equaled — if not overshadowed — the initial benefits...

Letters to the editor: Aug. 17, 2017

Officer William DeWayne Jones Sr. was shot and killed on Robert E. Lee Road while performing a routine traffic stop. He gave up his life for the residents of Austin. The person who shot him had an arrest warrant for sexual assault. Jones served with dignity, courage and honor; an African-American who wore the badge, he was a real Texas hero. I ask the City Council and the governor to honor our fallen...
Letters to the Sports Editor

Letters to the Sports Editor

This is about business, not racism, in NFL Re: “Kaepernick’s situation lacks good answer,” Aug. 11 Cedric Golden insinuates Colin Kaepernick is being treated differently because he is black and is being punished by white owners. Ridiculous! If owners were racist, as he insinuates, we would not have 85-plus percent of NFL players who are black. Kaepernick overplayed his hand and insulted...

Letters to the editor: Aug. 16, 2017

Like Austin, Charlottesville, Va., prides itself on its progressive values. This weekend we watched as the KKK and other white supremacists marched on their town, intimidating and attacking its residents in acts of terror. These events have made it clearer than ever that Austin cannot let Robert E. Lee Road remain named for a general who fought on the side of slavery. His cause was immoral and indefensible...

Letters to the editor: Aug. 15. 2017

Re: Aug. 11 article, “Soldiers sue U.S. over promise of citizenship.” Honesty and integrity seems to moving towards bait-and-switch with regards to the Pentagon’s reported request to the Homeland Security Department to not process naturalization applications of soldiers who enlisted in the U.S. military under the Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest...

Letters to the editor: Aug. 14, 2017

Re: Aug. 8 article, “Opponent sends annexation bill on a House detour.” Of course residents of unincorporated subdivisions like River Place do not wish to be annexed. When they leave home to work, shop or be entertained, they pay no taxes for the streets they drive. Nor do they pay the police who protect them, the first responders who would aid them in case of accident or for the parks...

Letters to the editor: Aug. 13, 2017

The total solar eclipse this month should serve as a reminder to all about the importance of science to understanding our planet and its place in the cosmos. Science allows us to precisely predict the path of the eclipse and the time it will be seen at specific locations. It’s never a good idea to deny something that a great majority of scientists predict, but in the case of climate change our...

Letters to the editor: Aug. 12, 2017

Re: Aug. 9 article, “Texas Senate leaders reject $1.8 billion House school finance fix.” In response to Senate Education Chair Larry Taylor: Yes, the House education bill is a Band-Aid — but you cover a cut on the way to the emergency room, you don’t just let it bleed out. We welcome a long-term solution to education finance reform, though we have been promised that &ldquo...
Letters to the editor: Aug. 11, 2017

Letters to the editor: Aug. 11, 2017

Re: Aug. 7 letter to the editor, “Do we need national search for library head?” To the writer: Please tell me much you know about running a library in 2017. Tell me how qualified you are to manage a $47.4 million budget, over 400 employees and countless volunteers — and 1.8 million items in the collection. Tell me your knowledge of how to catalog items so they are easily accessible...

Letters to the editor: Aug. 10, 2017

Re: Aug. 5 article, “4.3% jobless rate still may improve.” There is much celebration over the latest jobs numbers with 209,000 jobs added in the most recent month. Closer inspection of these numbers should throw cold water on the party: 53,000 of these jobs, or one quarter of all new jobs created, were in bars and restaurants. Not exactly stable, high-paying employment with benefits. According...
Letters to the editor: Aug. 9, 2017

Letters to the editor: Aug. 9, 2017

I feel fortunate to have two bulk collections each year. The two men who picked up a vast amount of bulk items in front of my home were amazing. They worked diligently as a team; the forklift operator was extremely skilled as he carefully picked up the items and deposited them in another truck. Count your blessings for this service. Paying someone to come to your home and haul off bulk items would...
Letters to the editor: Aug. 8, 2017

Letters to the editor: Aug. 8, 2017

Americans have enjoyed the freedom and ease of driving for more than a century. Looking forward, it’s clear we can’t keep building huge roads for millions of cars forever. Oil and gas are increasingly more difficult to obtain and require increasingly severe extraction processes. We must choose between driving so much or accept fracking and pipelines that spill and destroy water. Toll-...
Letters to the editor: Aug. 7, 2017

Letters to the editor: Aug. 7, 2017

Re: July 30 article, “Finalists announced for Austin’s director of libraries.” Why does the City Council need to hire a search firm to hire a new head librarian? How hard can this be? Even I know the Dewey Decimal System. How hard is it to yell at a kid for dog-earring a page or sending out Mr. Bookman to retrieve overdue books? Anyone can yell, “Hey kid, reshelf that book!&rdquo...
Letter: Bastrop officials should reconsider increasing water rates

Letter: Bastrop officials should reconsider increasing water rates

Upon reading the July 27 article in the Bastrop Advertiser regarding future water rates, my wife Margie and I are alarmed and concerned. The outrageous increase in water rates considered to finance the water and sewer infrastructure for expansion is not acceptable. I take particular exception on “The highest price-tag expenditure is a new wastewater treatment plant that is expected to cost around...
Letters to the editor: Aug. 6, 2017

Letters to the editor: Aug. 6, 2017

I only saw John Kelso a couple times — but he and I shared a lot. We had the same dentist’s office, for example, and it was important, as we were both diagnosed with head-and-neck cancer. Austin remembers John Kelso as a humorist — and he was that. But for those struggling for survival, John Kelso was an honest example and a leader. He couldn’t eat salsa anymore, for example...
Letters to the editor: Aug. 5. 2017

Letters to the editor: Aug. 5. 2017

Re: July 29 commentary, “Castillo: U.S. policy stole 8 lives in a truck. Why the dying won’t end.” I am a very dedicated, long-time daily reader of the Statesman and just cannot let your story in today’s issue go without my comment. I am 83-years-old and have experienced a lifetime of witnessing how our government can injure people without remorse, it seems. Juan Castillo&rsquo...
Letters to the editor, Aug. 4, 2017

Letters to the editor, Aug. 4, 2017

Re: July 29 article, “What Texans in Congress had to say about the Senate health care vote.” So, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz is worried about all the people being hurt by Obamacare. Are these the same people who were worried they would lose their health care if the Republican bill passed? Rep. Lamar Smith wants to replace with legislation that “lowers premiums, lowers taxes and makes better...

Letters to the editor: Aug. 3, 2017

Re: July 28 commentary, “Commentary: Trump didn’t give Scouts a speech. It was a political rally.” I am the proud Texas mother of two Eagle Scouts. My husband and I have tried to raise all of our children according to the tenets of our faith and the principles set forth in the Scout Law, including kindness, helpfulness and bravery. These past few months, we watched in horror as it...
Letters to the editor: Aug. 2, 2017

Letters to the editor: Aug. 2, 2017

I am writing to address my concerns that there is no statewide bicycle helmet law in Texas. As a pediatrician, I have seen the devastation a traumatic brain injury can have on children and their families. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 26,000 children and adolescents are treated annually for traumatic brain injuries in emergency departments as a result of bicycle-related...

Letters to the editor: August 1, 2017

Re: July 27 article, “Trump: No transgender people in U.S. military.” President Trump woke up and tweeted his decision to ban transgender people from “any capacity” in the military. He claimed that he consulted with “my Generals and military experts,” but the reaction from the Department of Defense indicates they were taken by surprise. I woke up this morning worried...
Letters to the editor: July 30, 2017

Letters to the editor: July 30, 2017

Re: July 21 article, “Waco Veterans Affairs office denies 92% of Gulf War claims.” This is not only tragic, but an outright failure and total disregard of our men and women who have put their lives in harm’s way. The Veterans Administration was established in 1930 to take care of all veteran affairs — and to this date it has been doing a very poor job of it. Remember Agent...

Letters to the editor: July 29, 2017

Re: July 17 article, “Carbon monoxide illness linked to Ford SUVs hits APD hardest.” I’ve worked on cars since 1952, military helicopters for 21 years and home air conditioners for 30 years. All of this involved troubleshooting. I find it astounding that the carbon monoxide problem with police vehicles is apparently not being solved. If the problem was caused by the vehicles being...
Letters to the editor: July 28, 2017

Letters to the editor: July 28, 2017

Re: July 23 article, “Hutto City Council replaces entire development board amid criticism.” Kudos to the Hutto City Council for replacing the entire board of directors for the town’s economic development corporation after discovering the lavish spending by the corporation on hotel rooms. It has too long been customary for many of our government employees to ignore the trust we should...
Letters to the editor: July 27, 2017

Letters to the editor: July 27, 2017

Re: July 15 article, “Climate change skeptic Lamar Smith takes Arctic tour with lawmakers.” For those of us concerned with climate change, this is a moment for cautious optimism. Recently the Statesman reported U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith visited Greenland and Alaska in May to learn about the effects of climate change in the Arctic. On July 13, 46 House Republicans joined with 188 Democrats...
Letters to the editor: July 26, 2017

Letters to the editor: July 26, 2017

Gov. Greg Abbott’s and Attorney General Ken Paxton’s view that cities’ tree ordinances violate the Texas Constitution by interfering with private property rights and is government overreach is confusing when the state regulating what a woman can do with her most private property — her own body — isn’t overreach. Let’s put this to a statewide vote by Texans...
Letters to the editor: July 25, 2017

Letters to the editor: July 25, 2017

Re: July 20 photos that ran with, “Quinceañera protest: Texas teens protest against SB 4 at Capitol.” I loved the photographs taken by Tamir Kalifa of the young Latinas on the south steps of the Texas Capitol in their quinceañera dresses. I’ve seen his photographs before in your publication and always admired them. He has a good eye and a real knack for capturing an...
Letters to the editor: July 24, 2017

Letters to the editor: July 24, 2017

Like many others, I find it strange that a state government that styles itself as conservative — against “big” government, and in favor of citizens’ rights — would be against local governments establishing ordinances to protect their trees. Is it that those trying to micromanage us from Austin are so deep into the pockets of developers that they are willing to forswear...

Letters to the Sports Editor

Can’t Lance simply ride off into the sunset? Re: “Sprinting to next stage,” July 15 In his regrettable publicity for Lance Armstrong, Brian Davis writes: “Some will never listen to another word this man … ever says.” Count me among that group. In fact, I’m somewhat embarrassed for Mack Brown, Lyle Lovett, et al., who agreed to be interviewed on Armstrong&rsquo...
Letters to the editor: July 23, 2017

Letters to the editor: July 23, 2017

Re: July 16 article, “UT officials confirm mumps on campus, 7 diagnosed this week.” There has been yet another outbreak of a preventable contagious disease, this time mumps at the University of Texas. The increasing number and severity of these outbreaks have been predicted by the medical community due to the increasing proportion of young people who have not received the recommended vaccinations...
Letters to the editor: July 22, 2017

Letters to the editor: July 22, 2017

Re: July 18 article, “Abbott campaign raises $10M in 12 days, totals $41M.” Why should a $41 million war chest scare anyone from running against Abbott in a primary or in the general election? As if having so much money was some measure of competence — whoops, I forgot this is the Republican Party we are talking about. The established state GOP machine would have raised that amount...
Letters to the editor: July 21, 2017

Letters to the editor: July 21, 2017

Re: July 18 commentary, “Gov. Abbott: Overregulation makes Texas dream a California nightmare.” Gov. Greg Abbott has his nerve. For a state government that has spent a great deal of capital suing the federal government for Texas to follow its own path, it’s the height of hypocrisy for the state to punish local governments for doing what is best for their communities. We have done...
Letters to the editor: July 20, 2017

Letters to the editor: July 20, 2017

The most recent version of the Senate health care bill, the Better Care Reconciliation Act, was crafted in an attempt to attract support from reluctant Republicans of all stripes. None of the trumpeted changes has made the package any better for Texas or America. As for the proposal from U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz — plans offering very limited benefits, with annual caps and questionable pre-existing...
Letters to the editor: July 19, 2017

Letters to the editor: July 19, 2017

“Can we all get along?” — Rodney King from his first speech after the Los Angeles riots As a Republican, I was excited to see our victories at the ballot box both statewide and nationally in November. Since then, those grand victories over the Democrats have been over shadowed by the fighting within our own party. We won because we had the best ideas for Texas and America; now it...
Letters to the editor: July 18, 2017

Letters to the editor: July 18, 2017

Re: July 11 article, “Bill aims to help veterans who need transplants.” I salute our eight-term U.S. Rep. John Carter from Texas for his prompt attention on behalf of the disabled Army veteran Charles Nelson and other with serious medical problems. When he finds out that the current Veterans Choice program has some hitches in it, he quickly jumps into action and proposes a legislative...
Letters to the editor: July 17, 2017

Letters to the editor: July 17, 2017

Re: July 9 commentary, “Here’s one way you could feel better in the scorching heat.” I was delighted to read the article by Susan Van Haitsma in which she explores the benefits of line-drying the laundry. At last — I have a partner sharing my delight in the Texas climate while saving energy by hanging laundry on the line to dry in the Texas sunshine. I began line-drying my...
Letters to the editor: July 16, 2017

Letters to the editor: July 16, 2017

I attended the Ted Cruz event held by Concerned Veterans of America in Austin on July 6. They billed it as a “town hall.” It was not a town hall; it was invitation-only and highly controlled. Questions had to be written and screened. The first “question” allowed went straight to liberal-bashing, which delighted Cruz. You could tell it was highly scripted. If it had been an...
Letters to the editor: July 15, 2017

Letters to the editor: July 15, 2017

Re: July 8 article, “Is Stubb’s changing its name to Liberty Lunch? Documents say ‘yes.’” My reaction to that headline was, “No, that can’t be right.” Liberty Lunch created its own identity as an iconic music venue from the 1970s to the 1990s. For another business like Stubb’s, which legally acquired the right to use the name, it leaves me puzzled...
Letters to the editor: July 14, 2017

Letters to the editor: July 14, 2017

Re: July 7 article, “New owner ponders future of prized Lake Austin tract.” If they really wanted a green future, why don’t the owners of the Lake Austin tract and the Grove donate these precious green tracts to the city as parkland? Why isn’t the City Council working to achieve this? How is it logical to develop every inch of green space in our city? We wouldn’t have...
Letters to the editor: July 12, 2017

Letters to the editor: July 12, 2017

Re: July 4 article, “Retired teachers: Texas lawmakers broke their promise on health care.” Thank you to Julie Chang for her article — but it’s a little too late to do any good. I had a letter to the editor published many months ago concerning the same issue hoping to energize some support for retired teachers but to no avail. Texas doesn’t care what happens to teachers...
Letters to the editor: July 10, 2017

Letters to the editor: July 10, 2017

Re: July 4 article, “Farmers angry about proposed highway in eastern Williamson County.” We live in the area of FM 3349/1660. It is beautiful, productive blackland prairie. It is the rich source of growing beautiful crops. It is also the object of a land grab — and money-hungry people of Williamson County. They will ruin this land, pocket their money and move away. We need to make...

Letters to the Sports Editor

Corona Extra deal a sad day for UT sports Am I the only person who thinks it’s sad, grotesque and inappropriate that UT Athletics believes it’s OK to have an official beer of Longhorn Sports? Maybe Corona Extra is just the latest addition to the “drink up, patrons” endorsement/marketing parade on the Forty Acres. Perhaps Budweiser, Miller, Shiner and/or Lone Star already beat...
Letters to the editor: July 9, 2017

Letters to the editor: July 9, 2017

Re: July 5 article, “AISD expands its services for dyslexic students” I was overjoyed to learn from Melissa Taboada’s article of the commitment Austin Independent School District is making to advance identification — as well as services — for students with dyslexia. For so long, this less-than-obvious learning difference was allowed to slip through the cracks. Parents...
Letters to the editor: July 8, 2017

Letters to the editor: July 8, 2017

Re: July 2 article, “Round Rock prepares for Cap Metro bus service launch.” I was gratified to read the article about the new Capital Metro bus service in Round Rock. It would be great if Austin, Round Rock, Pflugerville and Hutto would be connected by bus. Even better would be a comprehensive train service to include a stop at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. We need to think ahead...
Letters to the editor: July 7, 2017

Letters to the editor: July 7, 2017

The Statesman’s recent article about East Austin as a “trendy neighborhood” shocked me with its racist undertones. “A decade ago,” states the article, “Austinites would rarely dare to venture to the east side of the I H 35 corridor.” This sentence clearly implies that those who lived in East Austin were somehow not Austinites. It also ignores the ugly history...
Letters to the editor: July 6, 2017

Letters to the editor: July 6, 2017

Re: June 29 article, “Looking for a two-bedroom apartment here? You need to make $23 an hour.” This article disappointingly reads as an op-ed rather than a news article. It quotes only Isabelle Headrick of the National Law Housing Coalition, along with a study by that organization. Most egregiously, no opposing views or critiques are provided to Headrick’s advocacy for construction...
Letters to the editor: July 5, 2017

Letters to the editor: July 5, 2017

Re: June 28 commentary, “Herman: Boys State kick-starts its own Texas secession movement.” The high school boys who recently attended Boys State voted overwhelmingly for secession, declaring Texans’ right to “break the chains.” When Texas and 10 other states seceded in the 1860s, resulting in that little dust-up called the Civil War, it was for the right to keep humans...
Letters to the editor: July 4, 2017

Letters to the editor: July 4, 2017

I recently took a group of eighth-graders on a trip to Washington D.C. We toured the wonderful memorials to Lincoln, Jefferson, Martin Luther King and others. It made me wonder why there is no memorial to President John Adams. He certainly deserves one. In the Continental Congress, he became the chief advocate for American independence. As a diplomat during the Revolution, he ensured the financial...
Letters to the editor: July 3, 2017

Letters to the editor: July 3, 2017

The Fourth of July is around the corner, prompting excitement for a celebratory long weekend. But the holiday also brings anxiety about traffic and intoxicated drivers. Unfortunately, auto safety is getting more complicated today. The good news is that ride hailing has added another option to discourage drunk driving. Also, our vehicles are getting safer with sophisticated crash avoidance technology...
Letters to the editor: July 2, 2017

Letters to the editor: July 2, 2017

Re: June 24 article, “Creating guardianship when childhood protections end for daughter.” I applaud Sarah Barnes for helping educate parents who have children with intellectual disabilities. We obtained guardianship of our daughter in 1983 just prior to her 18th birthday. It is a very important thing to do — and the judge and staff from Travis County Probate Court were very helpful...
Letters to the editor: July 1, 2017

Letters to the editor: July 1, 2017

Re: June 23 article, “Perry defends his stance on climate change, budget.” Rick Perry says about global warming: “The science isn’t settled” and “What’s wrong with being a skeptic?” There have been thousands of informed skeptics; they are called “scientists.” Decades of research has left virtually zero doubt in the scientific community. You...
Letters to the edito: June 30, 2017

Letters to the edito: June 30, 2017

Re: June 21 article, “Can’t find a parking spot in downtown Austin? Here’s why.” The traffic situation will deteriorate when the construction begins for the 27-story Marriott Hotel at the intersection of San Jacinto Boulevard and Cesar Chavez Street. Defying all logic, our city granted a concession for the developer to double the allowed density. In order to support that high-density...
Letters to the editor: June 29, 2017

Letters to the editor: June 29, 2017

Re: June 26 article, “Fonda San Miguel chef shaped Austin’s food scene.” While house-hunting in Austin in 1981, my husband and I were directed to Fonda San Miguel for our first dinner in town. Throughout the years, its Sunday brunches became a favorite. Chef Miguel Ravago seemed to be always around. The passing of Chef Ravago brought a special and unique experience to memory that...
Letters to the editor: June 28, 2017

Letters to the editor: June 28, 2017

Re: June 21 article, “As Austin and Texas battle, city leaders look warily at partnership.” If the city is considering almost $7 million in fee waivers to the state for the Capitol Complex master plan, then I propose we ask the state for a $7 million reduction in our expected $534 million recapture payment for this year. The 85th legislative session didn’t tackle the much-needed...
Letters to the editor: June 27, 2017

Letters to the editor: June 27, 2017

Re: June 20 article, “High court to weigh partisan gerrymandering.” I’m pleased that the Supreme Court has agreed to consider the legality of political gerrymandering. Gerrymandering is the biggest thing that contributes to the hyperpartisanship that we are currently experiencing. It encourages conflict rather than compromise — and compromise is essential in a democracy. Legislative...
Letters to the editor: June 26, 2017

Letters to the editor: June 26, 2017

Re: June 20 article, “Already pinched, Texas parks not getting promised state money.” Why am I not surprised! Texas lawmakers have once again siphoned off these state park funds for other purposes, including balancing the state budget. Enough already! The state parks have millions of dollars of backlogged maintenance of parks, facilities and equipment, while at the same time visitor attendance...
Letters to the editor: June 25, 2017

Letters to the editor: June 25, 2017

As the trial attorney for Fran Keller, I was overwhelmed with thankfulness by the actions of Margaret Moore and Keith Hampton. While the dismissal of charges is a remedy, the recompense that the state of Texas is offering does not begin to compensate for the years of abuse suffered during their incarceration. Consideration should be given to the severity of what the Kellers endured, as well as the...
Letters to the editor: June 24, 2017

Letters to the editor: June 24, 2017

Re: June 16 photo, “1,100 boys try their hand at governing Texas.” I was dismayed on so many levels that the boys at Boys State, an event sponsored by the American Legion no less, voted for Texas to secede from the United States! Where are the idealistic thoughts of making this country a better nation? It speaks volumes about the environment in which these boys were raised. Next time,...
Letters to the editor: June 23, 2017

Letters to the editor: June 23, 2017

Re: June 15 article, “Austin requires a permit for kids’ lemonade stands. Troxclair wants to change that.” So, this is why there is a lag at City Hall. How much time and rhetoric energy have gone on about removal of this code? How much time was spent to make this a city code anyway? Now, the “department is in the process of creating a formal policy to not require any permits...
Letters to the editor: June 22, 2017

Letters to the editor: June 22, 2017

Re: June 15 article, “Bike bridges open, linking South Austin to Zilker Park.” Alaska’s “Bridge to Nowhere” is not much worse than the ours. The bike-and-pedestrian bridge across the Barton Creek Greenbelt is a waste of money. First, it started out years ago as a $4 million project. Then it jumped to $8 million. Now nearing completion, it has cost $14.5 million. It&rsquo...
Letters to the editor: June 21, 2017

Letters to the editor: June 21, 2017

Re: June 15 article, “Foreshadowing fight, Straus rejects bathroom bill, school choice.” Kudos to Speaker of the House Joe Straus for showing that it is possible to be a conservative with a conscience and a brain — and not be automatically a doctrinaire conservative. Here’s what Straus reminded all of us about: • Property tax is not the primary issue; school financing...
Letters to the editor: June 20, 2017

Letters to the editor: June 20, 2017

Re: June 11 article, “How to score concrete results helping the poorest of the poor.” Michael Barnes’ article shows how volunteer advocates work effectively with elected officials. Rep. Michael McCaul is a leader on global education, tuberculosis and maternal and child health. His actions prevent needless child deaths and empower young minds for a brighter future. He understands...
Letters to the editor: June 19, 2017

Letters to the editor: June 19, 2017

Re: June 10 commentary, “Why I challenged women-only screenings of ‘Wonder Woman.”’ I consider myself a feminist — and I agree with J. Stephen Clark that female-only screenings of “Wonder Woman” are discriminatory and set feminism back by alienating feminism’s natural allies who might go to see it. Ironically, the movie itself failed to deliver on its...

Letters to the Sports Editor

Texas football now has misplaced priorities Recently, UT fired the football coach because he was trying to teach the players such nonsense as honesty, ethics and integrity. It appears UT feels they can do better with criminals. Perhaps instead of burnt orange, we should say prison orange. FRANK GOTCH, Austin
Letters to the editor: June 18, 2017

Letters to the editor: June 18, 2017

Re: June 11 article, “Is TxDOT paying too much for new office site?” The purchase of land on Stassney Lane by the Texas Department of Transportation does not pass the “smell test” in my opinion. Why would someone pay that kind of money for 43 acres when they can only use 26 acres because a creek runs through the additional 17 acres? Has there been flooding in that area? Is...
Letters to the editor: June 17, 2017

Letters to the editor: June 17, 2017

Re: June 11 article, “Texas anti-Sharia rally, counterprotest draw more than 100 to Capitol.” Thank you for printing the photographs on page B3 of Sunday’s paper. They accurately tell the story of who the real fascists are. The bottom photo shows average Americans peacefully protesting; the upper photo shows helmeted, face-covered haters, fascists and terrorists confronting the police...
Letters to the editor: June 16, 2017

Letters to the editor: June 16, 2017

Re: June 9 article, “Austin Energy, Audubon to seek new way to remove monk parakeet nests.” Kudos to Austin Energy and the Travis Audubon Society on their joint effort in the management of the monk parakeets. This is a great example of Austin residents speaking out — and the powers that be paying attention. This is a prime example of two organizations working together to address...
Letters to the editor: June 15, 2017

Letters to the editor: June 15, 2017

As a constituent and a member of the Lutheran church, I am opposed the current draft of the American Health Care Act. Lutherans teach that taking responsibility for one’s own health is a matter of human necessity and good stewardship. We also affirm that caring for the health of others expresses both love for our neighbor and responsibility for a just society. I am concerned that the American...
Letters to the editor: June 14, 2017

Letters to the editor: June 14, 2017

The legislature keeps reversing our local politicians’ decisions because those liberal decisions are so one-sided and usually make no real business sense. Our city and county elected officials continue to overreach their authorities — and their harebrained ideas are making it difficult to live here. To pay for these decisions, our taxes will continue to go through the roof. I am thankful...
Letters to the editor: June 13, 2017

Letters to the editor: June 13, 2017

Re: June 5 article “Lawmakers largely whiff on pregnancy-related deaths.” The report brought needed attention to the fact that the U.S. rate of maternal mortality is higher than that of all other developed countries except Mexico, and that Texas has the dubious distinction of having the highest rate of pregnancy-related deaths in the country. The report also contained the fact that several...
Letters to the editor: June 12, 2017

Letters to the editor: June 12, 2017

Re: June 5 article “Austin Democrats emerge to challenge Republican U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith.” I’m writing to say that while I understand District 21 is a historically Republican district, I do not feel that this is an unwinnable race. Between candidate forums, general interest inquiries and national news coverage, Derrick Crowe is mounting a legitimate campaign that can compete in...
Letters to the editor: June 11, 2017

Letters to the editor: June 11, 2017

Has every man been barred from the Alamo Drafthouse forever? Has every man been barred from seeing the movie “Wonder Woman” forever? Has every man been barred from seeing the movie “Wonder Woman” at the Alamo Drafthouse forever? If the answers are “no,” then please spare everyone your phony outrage. Two special showings of a movie are not a violation of Austin&rsquo...
Letters to the Editor: June 10, 2017

Letters to the Editor: June 10, 2017

Re: June 2 article, “Could CodeNext change the way people get around Austin?” When is the city going to realize that this is not “Field of Dreams”? Just because you build it does not mean people will come. You can build as many sidewalks and bike lanes as you want, but that doesn’t mean people are going to abandon their cars. Aside from people like me who are physically...
Letters to the editor: June 9, 2017

Letters to the editor: June 9, 2017

Dear Gov. Abbott, I have lived in Austin since 1981, and wanted to since I was 11, in 1973. One thing that made me fall in love with this city — aside from the rugged beauty of the Hill Country, the grandeur of the Capitol and the inspiration of the University of Texas — was the diversity of the people. You seem to not have the same love of the city, or its inhabitants, since you continually...
Letters to the editor: June 8, 2017

Letters to the editor: June 8, 2017

Re: May 29 article, “Austin was slammed in legislative session.” I have lived here for 25 years. I have never understood why Austin tolerates the Texas Capitol being here. We should disconnect their utilities, lobby for Dallas to be the Capitol — as it is a better fit for “Texas values” — and make life as difficult as possible for legislators. We do not need the...
Letters to the editor: June 7, 2017

Letters to the editor: June 7, 2017

On Thursday, President Donald Trump announced that the U.S. would pull out of the Paris accord on global warming. Here are some readers’ reactions to the announcement: The decision to withdraw from the Paris accord puts America in disastrous position. I’m not talking about the effects that we see all around us from increasing carbon emissions; I’m talking about our economy taking...
Letters to the editor: June 6, 2017

Letters to the editor: June 6, 2017

On May 26, first responders from around the state paid their respects to San Antonio firefighter Scott Deem. The funeral program indicated that Gov. Greg Abbott would be making some remarks during the service. However, it was later announced that the governor would remain in Austin due to the legislative session. Though Abbott was unable to carve out a couple of hours to honor the sacrifice of a fallen...
Letters to the editor: June 5, 2017

Letters to the editor: June 5, 2017

Re: May 26 article, “DA reopens Greg Kelley sex assault case, names new suspect.” As a longtime Williamson County resident, we are witnessing a replay of the Michael Morton trials. An innocent man again wrongly convicted with no physical evidence tying the accused to the crime. Wilco juries seem blinded by their own hubris, convinced a crime was committed absent of physical evidence. Why...
Letter: Lyle Nelson has the experience, expertise to lead Bastrop

Letter: Lyle Nelson has the experience, expertise to lead Bastrop

It was my pleasure to be a candidate for Bastrop City Council. My sincere thanks to the community for their support in making the experience one to remember. And I thank the winner, Bill Ennis, for his gracious and professional participation in the process. We are well served with his and Mayor Connie Schroeder’s election. There is a runoff for Place 3 on the Bastrop City Council. I want to...
Letters to the editor: June 4, 2017

Letters to the editor: June 4, 2017

Re: May 27 article, “Budget, planning woes on the horizon for deteriorating Austin pools.” I strongly disagree with consultant Patrick Hoagland’s description of Austin’s neighborhood pools as “boring rectangles.” Northwest Pool, where I swim regularly, is beautiful. There are laughing, playing kids and parents teaching them to swim; lane swimmers tending to their...

Letters to the Sports Editor

Win at all costs is new UT standard It is comforting to know that Coach Herman is taking a self-acclaimed criminal into the football program. I firmly believe that football coaches (or any coach, for that matter) would accept anyone who can play football (or any other sport, for that matter) regardless of what kind of character they have (if any). Too bad Herman doesn’t have the high standards...
Letters to the editor: June 3, 2017

Letters to the editor: June 3, 2017

Re: May 27 commentary, “Spaying, neutering pets saves resources, lives.” I was stunned to read that Chani Wells is a “responsible pet care coordinator for Bastrop County” who enjoys watching feral cats hunt mice and snakes. I have owned pet mice and snakes, and watching them killed by free-roaming cats is definitely not my idea of responsible entertainment. Promoting spaying...
Letters to the editor: June 2, 2017

Letters to the editor: June 2, 2017

Re: May 26th commentary, “Stroke awareness month shows need for life-saving health care.” Dr. Justin Fairless, medical director for two subdivisions of Air Methods Corp., urges passage of pro-helicopter-ambulance legislation because the use of air ambulances sometimes enables prompter treatment of strokes. Consumer Reports had an April report on air ambulances that mentioned for-profit...
Letters to the editor: June 1, 2017

Letters to the editor: June 1, 2017

The CodeNext proposal assumes that enlightened Austin residents care more about how their neighborhoods look than how they function. If CodeNext is implemented, then quaint, old-fashioned single-family residences will be allowed to exist among clusters of small businesses, bars, restaurants, mini-motels, tiny factories, performance venues, party houses or any other legal human enterprise that can...
Letters to the editor: May 31, 2017

Letters to the editor: May 31, 2017

Re: May 22 commentary, “Webb Report: Where to go when you’re sad in Austin.” Eric Webb had a list of six places “to go when you’re sad in Austin” — and it made me sad that he forgot some very crucial ways to lift your heart. Here are three very simple ways to get your smile back: • Grab your mat! Yoga has been proven to provide enhanced emotional relief...
Letters to the editor: May 30, 2017

Letters to the editor: May 30, 2017

Re: May 24 article, “Lawmaker circumvents Texas Legislature to address school lunch shaming.” I agree children should not go hungry in school. As one who frequents school cafeterias in the Austin Independent School District, I see the source of hunger coming not from the lack of food available to children, but from children not eating what is served. Why? It is not palatable to them. I...
Letters to the editor: May 29, 2017

Letters to the editor: May 29, 2017

Re: May 24 article, “Sid Miller calls barbecue deregulation effort ‘horse hockey.’” While some of Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller’s public initiatives go against the grain — pushing poisoning of wild hogs is not only environmentally hazardous, but is probably outside his legislative purview — the commissioner is acting appropriately in insisting...

Letters to the Sports Editor

Kudos to athletes for obtaining degrees Re: “Greater degrees of success,” May 20 Best news coming out of the Sports pages in a long, long time — athletes finishing their course work and obtaining their college degrees! CLOVIS WILLIAMS, Austin Why not give home schooling a shot here? Re: “Fight rages over Tebow home-school legislation” “… Concerns that home-schooling...
Letters to the editor: May 28, 2017

Letters to the editor: May 28, 2017

Re: May 20 commentary, “Austin school district voters need choices for bonds, not an ultimatum.” Since I am unsure the editors understand the lessons of the Round Rock Independent School District bond failure, here are do’s and don’ts, which may be helpful for the Austin Independent School District bond package. Do be inclusive if you are going to operate through an advisory...
Letters to the editor: May 27, 2017

Letters to the editor: May 27, 2017

Texas has passed House Bill 3859 — a bill protecting the religious rights for child welfare agencies. There are many articles discussing the discrimination at hand here, but what most are failing to recognize are the people who are truly going to lose. Are potential adoptive and foster parents going to be affected? Absolutely — but they have options. They can go to another state and adopt...
Letters to the editor: May 26, 2017

Letters to the editor: May 26, 2017

Re: May 18 article, “Dan Patrick issues bathroom bill, property tax ultimatum to House.” Dan Patrick wants to waste more taxpayer money on a special session? We were promised one priority for this session: school finance reform. Did we get it? No. Instead, we got the pee-pee police and an all-out attack on Texas women. Taxes are so high in Austin because schools raise twice their needs...

Letters to the editor: May 25, 2017

Of great concern are proposed CodeNEXT changes, which force a huge upzoning on or next to single-family homes. It takes hours to understand what a neighbor could do to their property. To understand Proposed CodeNEXT one must: Locate the property on the Code map, Transect zone, non-Transect zone or neighborhood conservation district. Consult the colored legend. ...
Letters to the Editor: May 24, 2017

Letters to the Editor: May 24, 2017

Re: May 5 commentary, “Why Cinco de Mayo has new meaning in today’s America.” Good commentary from Morán González on Mexican-Americans’ resolve to fight against racial discrimination in Texas. He mentioned the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), and said that the group’s U.S. citizenship requirement was a “missed opportunity” against...
Letters to the editor: May 23, 2017

Letters to the editor: May 23, 2017

Re: May 17 article, “How to store spices and herbs in a hot Texas summer.” I’m compelled to comment on the article by Shefaly Ravula, which perpetuates misconceptions and stereotypes. No, all Indians do not keep their homes at 79 degrees. No, we do not lower the temp only when the “American” friends come over. No, we aren’t spoiled by a “lower room temperature...
Letters to the editor: May 22, 2017

Letters to the editor: May 22, 2017

Re: May 18 article, “Dan Patrick issues bathroom bill, property tax ultimatum to House.” If Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick forces a special session or sessions just to get his way on certain pieces of legislation that do not have bipartisan support, I think he should be forced to pay the expense of that out of his officeholder account or his own pockets. The waste of taxpayer money, not to mention...
Letters to the editor: May 20, 2017

Letters to the editor: May 20, 2017

Re: May 13 commentary, “A sacred bond: the unconditional love between a dog and his person.” Every day I read three news sources: the Austin American-Statesman, the New York Times and the Bible. All of these sources are filled with stories of lies, partisanship, quarreling and violence — including the Bible. Today the Good News was not from the Bible, but from Judy Knotts, a frequent...
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