Re: July 21 article, “Nature, or error?”
I’m a real estate appraiser and broker and I live in Lakeway, in what used to be a waterfront community. For two decades now, we have been warned by credible experts in the field to expect more serious droughts and weather extremes due to climate change. The low water level on Lake Travis has had a serious impact on demand and values for waterfront or lake-oriented properties due to such uncertainty. Even when the lake fills up, it could take years to restore buyer confidence.
The extreme up and down lake levels during the past ten years have taken a toll. The losses in property and sales tax revenue alone from these homes and businesses on the lake will be staggering. In light of consistent warnings from numerous experts in the field, LCRA really dropped the ball on this one by releasing so much water. The economic damage will be felt for years to come. So much of this could have been avoided or at least diminished with intelligent planning and common sense.
Having paid close attention to the recent events concerning HB 2, I find it embarrassing for the Democratic Party. With the signs, gestures and noise the protesters made, it becomes apparent that they have no respect for human life. The party for the poor has now exposed itself for what it really is. The voters they previously counted on for support should see the party for what it really is, destroyers of the unborn. Sen. Kirk Watson, shame on you for being part of that.
Re: July 25 Steve Benson political cartoon.
Steve Benson’s cleverly-drawn cartoon implies that the state of Texas forces pregnancy upon women (“Compulsory Pregnancy”). I’m pretty sure that the state, powerful though it may be, can’t get a woman pregnant. Even the newest law doesn’t force a woman to remain pregnant. The argument is simply over whether 20 or 24 weeks is the time after which abortion should be prohibited.
This morning I was thinking about the upcoming state sales tax holiday and what we could purchase for my grandson. He’s of the age when he’s now using the computer, so I checked the state comptroller’s website and found nothing. Then, I contacted them. It turns out that the comptroller has an “all-inclusive list” of qualifying school supplies, but the list reads like a second grade teachers list — n0 computer-related supplies. No ink cartridges, no computer paper, no software, no nothing.
Since the comptroller includes all clothing under $100, which can be purchased for a person of any age, why would she be so restrictive on school supplies? Every student in the state past the 4th grade is using computers, and older students must do most of their work on computers. Why make one list open for all but limit school supplies to the kiddies only? Seems silly to me.
Kudos to President Barack Obama for his July 19 statement about race in the aftermath of the Trayvon Martin case. The title of Jackie Robinson’s 1972 autobiography is “I Never Had it Made.” Robinson said this as a result of growing up and living as a black man in a white world.
Today, we white people who believe racism in America is a thing of the past would know better if we were blacks who would have grown up in a white world. Even with the progress that’s been made, African-Americans are still profiled and considered suspect due to the color of their skin.
If there is to be progress in race relations, the ball is in the court of a large segment of society who deny that race is a problem. Things won’t get better until we admit we have a problem. Join hands and minds and work hard to solve racial problems that so divide us.
Paul Whiteley Sr.
One of the jurors in the Trayvon Martin case spoke of people being old school. Just when did this new school of thought start? Perhaps during the civil rights era in the 1960s? When people started dropping out of school? Or, did it start when President Barack Obama got elected? Do those who embrace the old school of thought no longer matter? It certainly seems that way.
This case wasn’t about race, but the media is insisting it was. Those who look like Trayvon Martin are supporting him when they weren’t at the trial and really didn’t ever learn the facts about this case. Their minds were made up before this case went to trial. The jury rendered their verdict, but many refuse to accept this verdict. What’s really going on? Justice is being redefined! If things don’t go your way, it isn’t justice! This case is being blown way out of proportion by the media.
Re: July 24 letter to the editor, “Zimmerman outrage.”
How can any of the demonstrators assume the positions they are taking with such vigor and conviction when so few, if any, of them attended the full trial proceedings and/or read the trial transcripts? The letter writer asked a couple of real good questions.
Re: July 25 article, “House panel supports ending doorstep mail delivery.”
I eagerly applaud the plan by Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., to change mail delivery to cluster-box stops for mail delivery and end the wasteful, expensive door-to-door deliveries that we have in so many older neighborhoods throughout the United States. It’s virtually a painless way to cut the huge losses the Postal Service has been experiencing in recent years. The mail box on our front doorstep is pure luxury, and I’m even opposed to curbside deliveries except in the most rural routes. Democratic members of Congress should get on board to support this effort to stop such wasteful mail delivery.
What does Attorney General Eric Holder think his job is to challenge the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on voting rights? His duty as an attorney general is to enforce the laws set forth by Congress and the courts, especially the U.S. Supreme Count. It is time the media puts him in his place.