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Letters to the editor: April 21, 2017


Re: April 13 article,“Bill to transfer Muny from UT to state parks unit wins easy Senate OK.”

The University of Texas has a history of violating the spirit — if not the letter — of Col. George Brackenridge’s will that gave his large tract of land on both sides of the Colorado River to be used for educational purposes. His hope was for UT to move its campus there. But they did not.

Instead they built student housing, leased it for retail stores and a golf course and — the greatest atrocity — sold a large portion of it west of the river so it could be developed for high-dollar mega homes. Let’s just assume that this generated income to be used for “educational purposes.”

However, it in no way permits the Texas Legislature to transfer ownership of the Lions Municipal Golf Course to a state agency, the Parks and Wildlife Department. That is just wrong. At least state Sen. Kirk Watson did the right thing and voted against this ill-advised legislation.

JON HORNADAY, AUSTIN

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has been standing up for consumers while reducing the risk of another economic collapse since 2011. The bureau has returned $12 billion to 29 million wronged consumers, which includes a $100 million penalty against Wells Fargo for creating fraudulent accounts.

Disappointingly, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz has been busy working to dismantle the bureau. He co-sponsored legislation that cuts the agency’s funding even though 86,000 Texans have used the bureau’s groundbreaking website to file complaints against institutions that have treated them unfairly. Without a strong cop on the financial beat, consumers can no longer dial 9-1-1 when they have a financial emergency sparked by illegal or misleading practices by big banks.

Texans should contact their members of Congress and demand they support fair standards and accountability from Wall Street enforced by a robust, fully funded consumer bureau.

STEPHANIE CARTER, TEXAS PUBLIC INTEREST RESEARCH GROUP ORGANIZER, AUSTIN

Congress needs to pay back all of the money it borrowed from the Social Security and Medicare trust funds, plus interest.

Congress has been passing deficit budgets for decades; this indicates that the career politicians who have voted for these budgets are fiscally irresponsible. Also, if those in Congress really cared for Americans, then they would pass a health care plan like the one that they voted for themselves. Again, they are neglecting Americans.

I prefer two-term limits for all members of Congress, as those in office today are bought and paid for by special interests that include companies for prescription drugs, insurance and oil. Otherwise, they would close all of the tax loopholes that allow the majority of American corporations to pay zero income taxes. It’s a real shame that these elected officials do not represent Americans all across the country. Perhaps the Convention of States will rectify some of these blatant problems.

EDWARD LINDSAY, FORT WORTH

Re: April 12 article,“Senate OKs letting clerks deny same-sex marriage licenses.”

Our Texas Legislature has decided the separation of church and state no longer applies; we are moving toward a theocracy.

One of the biggest problems in the world today is religious fanatics, regardless of their underlying faith. Freedom of religion, as stated in our Constitution, was always intended to apply to the individual. It was never intended to be integrated into our laws, military, and government, or forced upon businesses to accommodate an individual’s belief.

The Texas Senate voted to allow county clerks to refuse marriage licenses to gay couples. Let’s extend this line of sick wisdom: We have a clerk who disapproves of interracial marriage, so he or she can deny a license? Or, we have a clerk whose religious beliefs say that genetically disabled couples should not marry because of the chance their children could be born with complications? Where does this insanity end? Vote these pathetic lawmakers out of office.

LARRY J. MASSUNG, SAN MARCOS



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