Become a foster parent
Re: Aug. 18 article, “Child’s death exposes failings.”
The article regarding the tragic death of a toddler in foster care was heartbreaking. The article portrayed Child Protective Services as a broken system, which it is, but CPS is merely a broken patch on the dam that is overflowing with problems that were not addressed in this piece. The best place for a child to grow up is in a safe and loving family. Unfortunately, far too many families are not either of those things.
If more caring and qualified families would welcome foster children into their homes, then safe and loving options would be available so that homes like the one this little girl was placed in wouldn’t even be considered as options. There are people who become foster parents for the right reasons: because they truly care about children and want to offer them a good home. You could be one of them and help a child in need.
Cut back on mail
Six days a week and what do you get? Another bunch of ads and a few monthly debts. Delivery on Monday, Wednesday and Friday would suffice, with charity requests, birthday cards, invites, condolences and scheduled events notices included. Savings on the cost of vehicle gas and maintenance would be slashed and the vehicles lasting longer.
Cut postal labor costs
Re: Aug. 16 commentary, “Here’s a special delivery: Let’s fix the Postal Service.”
Gail Collins’ column about changes to the USPS to reduce its losses presents some interesting ideas. But there is one simple fix that would immediately make the post office profitable: change deliveries to Monday-Wednesday-Friday and Tuesday-Thursday-Saturday. Then, offer an option for anyone to pay extra to get every-day delivery at an appropriate cost. Since labor costs represent somewhere north of 80 percent of total USPS expenses, potentially cutting the number of letter carriers in half would likely eliminate the post office’s deficit. Of course, I imagine the letter carriers union would vigorously oppose this solution.
Is voter fraud real?
Correct my logic, please. What do the desired new voting rights ID laws and hoped-for disqualifications show? Fraud is only a problem in Republican-led states — like Texas, right? It is only those GOP leaders in this and other states pushing for voter ID laws. If voter fraud was real, it would effect both parties, wouldn’t it? There must be tea party conservatives who would love to cast four or five ballots if they could. Not just liberal criminals, right? Yet this invisible, undetected, rampant voter fraud is only in states with large minority voters, but still led by Republican governors and legislatures. I am confused, or maybe not.
Letter hit the mark
Re: Aug. 10 letter to the editor, “Opponents of health care.”
I just wanted to send kudos to the writer of the letter. Well said!
Judy Goodman Wardlow
In defense of satire
Re: Aug. 13 article, “Missouri fair bans clown who mocked Obama.”
Am I the only one who sees the irony in an actual clown’s performance prompting real bipartisanship in governing? With people on the left and the right making sure to offer a quick, condemnatory statement, one thing seems forgotten: a clown. What is a clown? Nothing more than a mocking, often exaggerated, performer. Then there is the fact that many previous presidents have had to deal with the same public lambasting, as a byproduct of simple freedom of speech. I see nothing wrong with our president, nor do I oppose those who would lampoon or satirize the perceived agenda of anyone in office. All that I see now, however, is a number of people, desperately scrambling to save their backsides from a PR machine.
Reader lauds coverage
I’ve been an American-Statesman reader since the early ’80s, and I’ve noticed that something has changed. There seems to be a more balanced reporting of the news, with investigative reporting being used to make Austin a better place to live. Stories covering issues such as safety along East Riverside Drive, the selection of foster parents by Child Protective Services, and the inadequate monitoring of the safety of apartments, are holding people accountable. It’s as if the American-Statesman has asked their readers, “What do you want to read?”
Immigration bill flawed
Re: Aug. 6 commentary, “Senate’s immigration bill good for business.”
Tom Klein’s was naive and logic-impaired, though perhaps just overzealous rationalization. It merited only the (screened) letters section. Maybe the Statesman deemed the flaws would be obvious to readers.
Although getting foreign tech workers and free-spending travelers are desirable goals, it is ludicrous to fundamentally tie them to comprehensive immigration reform. They could be addressed by a concise bill, which might pass easily. They don’t justify the voluminous Senate bill, which merits all the scrutiny it is getting.
Klein indicted our broken education system as a major barrier to his main goal, but didn’t address this more direct cause. Ironically, the Senate bill, arguably, might prove bad for both business (e.g., making skilled people wary) and education (making it harder to generate our own). But that’s for a political, vs. logical, forum.
One more way to conserve water
Since we’re all thinking of ways to save water, or at least we should be, here’s an idea. Toilets are one of the biggest users of water in the home. Here’s a way to save water: Why don’t we follow Dustin Hoffman’s line from the movie, “Meet the Fockers”: “If it’s yellow, let it mellow, if it’s brown, flush it down.”