Inappropriate politics on both sides of the aisle
As we have seen lately, mob rule is scary and ugly, whether it be in the streets of Cairo or the Texas Senate balcony. American politics are in chaos because of extremism. Right Wing conservatives believe, incorrectly, that their ideals are the only right ones, and eventually, the 80 percent who disagree will come over to their side. Meanwhile, leftists believe that the destruction of America by liberals must continue and preferably be accomplished even faster. When will someone form a strong new party to allow reasonable people to become involved in the political theater. Maybe we could give it a wild and crazy name like, say, Moderates.
David L. Point
Men overstep on abortion
It’s no surprise that this hypocritical Republican Legislature wants to impose its will on the women of Texas with its outrageous abortion bill. I do believe a court challenge will surely ensue once the bill is signed. Why are so many men, who do not know these women, concerned about this when it has nothing to do with them? They are not present in the doctor’s office when women are there to discuss their reproductive health. These men think the fetus is sacred and should not be terminated, when they know nothing about the woman’s situation.
I believe that women know more about their own situations rather than a bunch of men who believe they are holier than thou. If they ever get their final wish, which is to outlaw abortions altogether, where will they be then? Rest assured, nowhere to be found.
Learn facts on abortion
As I read the letters to the editor in Texas newspapers, I see emotions riding high of those on both sides of the abortion issue and recent events in the state. Whether one is pro-life or pro-choice, there are two groups of facts one needs to know in order to be well informed when taking a stand. These are facts, not opinions. They are certainly facts on which opinions can be based, but they are facts, nonetheless.
Therefore, I am challenging both sides to research these two groups of facts, whether online or otherwise. First, study the facts about the development of the unborn child (fetus) from conception until birth. Second, research the several different methods of abortion and learn what happens to both the woman and the fetus in each method.
If one is going to take a stand, one must be informed. If these basic facts are not known, one is not well informed. The challenge is before each one of you on both sides of the abortion issue.
Is Hasan now satisfied?
I read that Maj. Nidal Hansan’s trial is “poised to start.” Are we sure? Have we made sure he’s happy about this? Got the issue of his beard settled? His legal reps? His defense argument? Got his finances arranged for retirement? My goodness, we certainly want him happy since he is only accused of killing 13 people and wounding 32 more than three years ago. Jiminy, what would have happened had he stolen a loaf of bread because he was hungry? Just no telling. Shame. Shame. Shame.
Let's sing our anthem
Recent comments about the performance of our national anthem have reminded me of a long-desired wish. I wish that all of us Americans would participate in honoring America by singing the national anthem when we attend sporting events, ceremonies, and other such occasions, rather than having it performed for us.
East Austin lament
Re: July 7 article, “Retail on the rise.”
I lived in East Austin for many years. I bought there; not because of a coolness factor or political correctness, but because it was a nice and affordable house. I worked in East Austin, my son went to school in East Austin and I still attend church in East Austin. I enjoyed my neighbors and even the postal worker knew my name and I knew his.
After about 12 years of enjoying the naturally diverse neighborhood where I lived, the local grocery store moved, then retail shops and restaurants. My neighbors began moving. The neighborhood was collapsing. I moved.
I now live on Whiteway Dr. There is a difference in the city and for a “liberal” city, there are civilized but prejudiced views abounding. However, the solution for this is not as simple as finding the “right” neighborhood in which to live.
Try this hospital plan
Re: July 5 article, “Unlike in Dallas, Austin’s new hospital to be small.”
So, the plan is to close Brackenridge after the new smaller than-all-the-other-teaching hospitals is built. Why not refurbish Brackenridge as the new teaching hospital? It’s close enough to the medical school and there would be no need for the Red River dogleg. Think how much money this would save.