Daughters of Charity did good for Austin
Re: Sept. 28 article, “Daughters of Charity to leave after 112 years.”
Thank you for the article recognizing the work of the Daughters of Charity at Seton Healthcare. Austin has had a long and loving relationship with this Catholic order of nuns who have worked at Seton Healthcare facilities since the network’s beginnings in 1902. Sadly, their work in Austin is ending, and the small group still here will leave for new assignments next year.
The nuns came to Austin when the hospital opened in May 1902 under the name of Seton Infirmary. At that time, the Ladies of Charity, a group of Catholic women who performed charity work with the sick and the poor, contacted the nuns and asked them to come here to establish a Catholic hospital. A state charter was drawn up in 1900, and a group of five nuns came from Emmitsburg, Md., to oversee the building and open the hospital. They named the hospital the Seton Infirmary because the nuns in Maryland were from the religious community founded by American’s native-born saint, Elisabeth Seton. So now all this is part of Austin’s history. Goodbye and Godspeed to these good women.
Mary Lou Gibson
Insurance not healthy
Re: Sept. 30 commentary, “On Tuesday, millions move toward a healthier Texas.”
The headline is just plain wrong. Having medical insurance does not make a healthy person. Exercising, eating good-for-you food and not smoking will make you healthier any day of the year. I’m still trying to connect the dots between tax dollars that supplement insurance for a person who overeats all the wrong foods, smokes cigarettes and sits in front of the television instead of taking a walk.
GOP: death committee
Ted Cruz is clueless. Millions of Texans support the Affordable Care Act. I have not heard one word from Republicans about how they intend to help people in need of health care. Talk about the death committees in Obamacare and the three letters that come to mind are GOP. In fact, here in Texas, if the GOP, which controls the Legislature, were serious about the average person, they wouldn’t be shifting the burden of taxes more onto the back of property owners and away from business. The Republican Party has only one goal: more wealth for the wealthy. Everything else is a ruse to accomplish that end.
Cruz doesn't get it
I had an epiphany this evening as Sen. Ted Cruz explained his shock and disgust that the president was refusing to negotiate with Congress over the Affordable Care Act under the guise of negotiating the federal budget and raising the debt limit. But, this is the very reason Ted Cruz should neither be a U.S. senator nor any other sort of national, state or local U.S. elected official. He is a Canadian. He clearly doesn’t understand constitutional government. And, he doesn’t understand the role of Congress versus that of the president. Send Cruz back to school, not Washington!
Same logic as terrorist
Terrorists from al Shabaab take a mall in Kenya and say if you attack us, we will kill the hostages, and it will be your fault. Teapartyist Ted Cruz takes the floor of the Senate and says if you vote against us, the government will shut down, and it will be your fault. It is the same perverse logic, and no sensible person accepts it or respects it.
Perry can't save face
Cheerleading yet again, Gov. Rick Perry tries to save face with tea party yells and wide smiles. A poor substitute, of course, for his steadfast refusal to accept the GOP’s strong rejection of his aptitude to govern. Humility and modesty would be a better fit, one that most Texans would readily accept.