Letters to the editor: Aug. 25, 2017


Re: Aug. 18 commentary, “Herman: The silence of the senior senator.”

Kudos to Ken Herman for nailing the political cowardice of U.S. Sen. John Cornyn.

As Cornyn sits with his finger to the wind assessing which way the voters of Texas will react to Trump’s latest but most outrageous actions concerning Charlottesville, the senator’s staff releases a thoroughly generic condemnation of racism and violence.

Bravo to Sen. Bob Corker from Tennessee for having the courage to call out Trump by name and to question his fitness for office. The Republicans in Congress have sunk to a new dysfunctional low, enabling an individual who clearly does not have the experience, competence, stability or disposition to complete his term.

Our mealy-mouthed Cornyn sits on the sidelines as one of these enablers — and as such has become a fellow traveler with Trump in his display of racism and tolerance of the white supremacist and Nazi virus.

STEVEN PARKS, GEORGETOWN

Re: Aug. 18 article, “Dallas lawmaker fights to remove Confederate plaque at Capitol.”

I don’t know which fact astonishes me more: that a falsehood-filled plaque is on display in the Texas Capitol or that anyone in the 21st century would object to removing it. The explicit denial that slavery was the underlying cause of the “War Between the States” is both shocking and laughable.

To be clear: I do not want this piece of history to go away. I want the full text of the plaque to be required reading in Texas history books, detailing when it was placed in the Capitol and by whom, and when it was removed and by whom. I want every schoolchild in Texas to know who we were then and who we are now. And I want the plaque removed as soon as possible.

WIN BENT, AUSTIN

Those who would continue the public display of Robert E. Lee memorials ask us to focus on his whole life for other redeeming traits. Sorry, but that’s a hard sell when every likeness depicts him in Confederate battle dress.

HARVEY CAUGHEY, AUSTIN

Re: Aug. 18 letter to the editor, “Removal of president can’t come soon enough.”

I couldn’t agree more with the letter describing Donald Trump’s presidency as exhausting and nerve-wracking. But it certainly isn’t surprising.

Weren’t there enough clues in the way he acted during his campaign? Couldn’t people figure out what kind of person he was or how he would govern? How much clearer did it need to be? So, I agree the bombshell du jour is exhausting — but not surprising.

MARY E. MILAM, AUSTIN

The Taliban has come to America. The current effort to remove statues built by our forefathers to recognize events and persons for many different reasons. These efforts started in Texas by removing statues of Confederate soldiers from the Capitol grounds a couple of years ago and more recently from the University of Texas campus.

It reminds me of what happened in Afghanistan and Iraq in a effort to remove historical ruins to get rid of any reference to past history in those countries. The world thought what a waste — but that is exactly what we are doing now to appease a minority.

When the statues and monuments are all gone, what is next? Burqas for our women? Sharia in our courts?

You decide.

JOHN THOMPSON, GEORGETOWN



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