Letters to the Editor: December 1, 2016



“Trump is chief topic for Obama, world leaders” related that President “Obama has offered frequent reassurances that the U.S. won’t renege on its commitments.” The U.S. is the binding force for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. For over a decade we provided one-third of the funding, equivalent to our economic position. This encourages other countries to step up — and they have. In September, President Obama renewed that commitment, supporting the Global Fund’s plan to prevent 300 million new infections and save 8 million lives by 2020.

World AIDS Day is Dec. 1, a day to remember 35 million people who lost their lives to this disease. But let us also remember that the world can defeat this disease if our new president and Congress stay committed.

ANNE CHILD, DRIPPING SPRINGS

Re: Nov. 5 article, “Judges clear way for start of Texas 45 SW construction.”

It is the epitome of hypocrisy for the Texas Department of Transportation to cite safety as a reason for building Texas 45 Southwest. Auto travel results in 50 times more fatalities per passenger mile than train travel. If TxDOT were sincerely worried about safety, it would be building passenger rail lines, not highways.

FELIPE ROSALES, AUSTIN

I was shocked and saddened to learn that Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo will be leaving soon to become chief in Houston. I strongly feel that he has been an exemplary police chief and that Austin will be less for his departure.

I understand his reason for leaving. Houston is a much larger city in need of a strong chief, but nevertheless we will miss his hands-on leadership and caring attitude.

ELAINE SHELTON, AUSTIN

Re: Nov. 18 letter to the editor, “Invest in youth now, reap savings later.”

To the letter writer who stated that “if we had spent 50 percent more educating today’s felons when they were kids we … would not now be spending 3 times as much” to incarcerate them, it doesn’t work that way. No matter how much you spend in education it can’t overcome a home environment that doesn’t support and encourage learning. When kids come to school hungry, they can’t learn. When there is no adult at home to do homework with them, they don’t learn. When the culture in their home and neighborhood disparages learning as being “too white” or too dull and places value elsewhere, they will shun learning no matter how you fund schools. Our incarceration rate is a societal problem, not a school funding problem.

RONA DISTENFELD, AUSTIN

Re: Nov. 13 letter to the editor, “Hardcore Deplorables get what they wanted.”

Leave the protesters alone, and don’t take away our free speech and the right to assemble! Did you forget protesting is what led us to become free people and a free nation in the first place? There was a subset of voters identified as “the deplorables” who declared they “wanted an outsider, a businessman, someone who was politically incorrect, unprincipled, totally lacking in ethics.” Well, sometimes you get what you want, even if it is not what you need. Some folks are shocked this was the best candidate the GOP could muster up. Many are upset over the incessant Benghazi claims and a sudden email investigation that was dropped only two days before the election. This is being done in America! These investigations were forced and later dropped by Republicans after the damage was done. Sounds like a banana republic. So, leave the protesters alone; our way of life may depend on it … again?

ROBERT WHITE, ROUND ROCK


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