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Letters to the editor: April 13, 2017


Re: April 3 commentary, “Wear: Looking back at a century of change as TxDOT turns 100.”

Toll roads in Austin — and none in San Antonio? Why do we get tolled and hoodwinked but not San Antonio? Why this discrepancy? Toll roads are illegal — plain and simple.

Ad hoc toll fees that we already paid for in taxes is a double tax and amounts to taxation without representation.

It makes no sense that some cities punish residents with highway robbery while other cities do not. Toll roads are a national disgrace. We the people must sue the Texas Department of Transportation and take this all the way to the Supreme Court to eliminate all toll roads in America. We who travel need help from pro bono lawyers to file suit to end tolls once and for all. If you toll one roadway, you might as well toll every roadway in America. Otherwise this makes no sense.

Enough! This grand larceny must stop.

CRAIG C. BUDREAU, AUSTIN

Re: March 24 article, “Trump budget threatens Texas environmental and energy research.”

I want U.S. Sens. John Cornyn and Ted Cruz and U.S. Rep. Roger Williams to know that the proposed budget cuts to science — specifically those targeting the National Institutes of Health — are extremely concerning to me.

I am employed at a public university. My job is federally funded through NIH grants. Texas prides itself on being on the forefront of higher education and research — and these budget cuts would cost Texas future graduate students and professors that bring money and resources into the state and our universities. Without NIH grants, the UT and A&M systems would absolutely lose prestige. Private funding is not enough to support these universities.

SAMANTHA FREIS, AUSTIN

On June 26, 1963, President John F. Kennedy delivered a speech in Germany and said: “All free men, wherever they may live, are citizens of Berlin and therefore, as a free man, I take pride in the words ‘Ich bin ein Berliner.’”

June 12, 1987, President Ronald Reagan in Berlin said “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall,” and the people of Germany did just that.

Whether Republican or Democrat, we were always certain these men were patriots and put the good of our nation first.

This is a question that will not go away: Our president refuses to address the Russia issue, which in my head only confirms that there is fire inside all the smoke. If America was denied the first female president in our nation’s history because of the Russians, hell hath no fury! I will devote every ounce of energy I can muster to bring down this administration.

MARK SEEBERGER, FARMERS BRANCH



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