Birthers wrong again
Re: Aug. 9 letter to the editor, “Cruzing the Constitution.”
One more time for all those who haven’t been listening: President Barack Obama was not only born to a U.S. citizen mother, he was born in the United States of America. Hawaii is definitely one of the 50 states that comprise the USA. Sen. Ted Cruz may also have a U.S. citizen mother, but he was born in Canada, which is a foreign country. The letter writer’s assertion that the two births fit the same scenario is therefore grossly incorrect. The birther movement has no foundation to begin with. Cruz cannot, then, destroy something that exists solely as a fantasy. Would that it were so simply done.
Cruz has brilliant record
In a poor attempt at sarcastic wit, a letter writer tried to deride Sen. Ted Cruz’s constitutional scholarship. Cruz was magna cum laude at Harvard Law, authored 80-plus Supreme Court briefs, presented 43 briefs, including nine before the Supreme Court. Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz (he is hardly a fan of conservative philosophy) said Cruz was off the charts brilliant. Before disparaging folks, do some simple research and it will save you from the embarrassment of showing your ignorance in public.
Stop water-heavy projects
Re: August 9 letter to the editor, “Park is a waste of water.”
I completely agree with the author regarding this matter. Austin is one of the fastest growing urban areas in the nation, and yet we are located in the heart of a state that is experiencing a multiple year drought ranging in classification from “severe to exceptional.” Texas should place a moratorium on construction of projects involving massive water usage such as water parks, car washes, catfish farms and sprinkler systems for large shopping centers.
It is grossly unfair to severely restrict water usage by individual homeowners while permitting unlimited usage by large commercial users solely for the purpose of producing income. Furthermore, city and county governments should begin requiring developers and water companies requesting building permits to co-certify that water sources with sufficient water are available to supply new homes, commercial projects and other large developments as a condition of receiving permits. It is time to recognize that we are in a state that is experiencing semi-desert conditions and adjust our thinking to that reality.
Appreciate 140-day cycle
For the folks who mutter about the ineffectiveness of our part-time Legislature, perhaps now is the time to step back and appreciate our mere 140 days every other year our Constitution provides for the Texas legislative cycle.
Recently watching and reading local area news about gang rapes, murders and other subhuman atrocities, including a cockfighting ring in Bastrop, sort of makes you wonder if some of mankind is no longer evolving. The evolutionary process of these people appears to be stalled. Maybe even reversed. If they were ever on the highway to decency, it is evident they took a wrong turn somewhere.
Slow downtown growth
I am a resident of one of the first downtown condos, but I am alarmed at the current proposed project at Lamar Boulevard and West Riverside Drive. At some point, the City Council has to say “enough” to out-of-state developers wanting to come in and make a fortune throwing up a tall building, creating more traffic and overall congestion havoc, then walking away counting their money. It will be hard to enjoy the parks and the lake, the springs and the theaters when there is no place to park, and hardly room to move. The constant construction, detours and building noise are very stressful to those who live here now. Can we take a breather and enjoy what we have?
Health law slows process
Have you wondered what Obamacare is going to be like? Your editorial (“VA’s dismal performance gets worse,” Aug. 3) is a perfect example of what lies ahead. I am a veteran in the VA system. I’ve seen how it operates. Hope everyone likes to wait.
Slow recovery is global
Re: Aug. 9 editorial cartoon by Gary Markstein.
Even China, with its, at best, laissez faire — or more likely, rapacious — approach to economics and business is reporting a slowdown. It is disingenuous at best for Markstein to complain about a slow recovery when the problem is global in scope.
Need another Latino view
Re: Aug. 7 commentary, “Democrats manage to keep stepping on their own dreams.”
Yet another column from Ruben Navarette Jr. lambasting the Democrats for their views on immigration. So sad to read Navarette verbally contort himself to find something positive from Republicans as far as immigration, since the polls show that Latinos perceive the Republicans as hostile toward them. When will the American-Statesman provides a progressive Latino columnist since Navarette and Esther J. Cepeda are reliably conservative in their views?