Letters to the editor: Aug. 16, 2017


Like Austin, Charlottesville, Va., prides itself on its progressive values. This weekend we watched as the KKK and other white supremacists marched on their town, intimidating and attacking its residents in acts of terror.

These events have made it clearer than ever that Austin cannot let Robert E. Lee Road remain named for a general who fought on the side of slavery. His cause was immoral and indefensible. We must resist honoring him in any way, lest modern-day white supremacists feel understood, supported or further emboldened. The city must remove the street sign and rename it immediately. To do otherwise is to act as both coward and accomplice.

CATHERINE SHATTUCK, AUSTIN

On “Meet The Press” Sunday, Chuck Todd vilified President Trump for not calling the skinheads and Nazis out by name. A careful look at the videos on TV show two groups battling — each group having their own clubs and shields. It was a war between these two groups. Since the left called it a counterprotest, maybe they went to Charlottesville to stir up trouble.

By not mentioning the types of group, perhaps President Trump was trying to unite the country instead of dividing.

Our country needs unity, not division.

TOM BARTON, LAKEWAY

In Charlottesville, local community leaders, clergy and activists for equality stood against hate as neo-Nazis and white supremacists, armed and carrying Nazi flags and wearing “Make America Great Again” hats, tried to enter the park to protest the removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee.

One can argue the place in history or parks or college campuses of Confederate statues. There is no place for the hatred, racism and violence espoused by Unite the Right, David Duke and his ilk. Something very ugly and very dangerous has been unleashed in this country and must be shoved back into the dark corners from which it came.

No, Mr. President, the violence, injuries and death didn’t come from “many sides.” They came from one side — and they carried your picture. Tell them in language as direct as you typically use on your enemies, “There is no place for your hate-filled message.”

LYNDA WEST, AUSTIN

I cannot believe the depth to which this country has sunk. Everywhere you look there is chaos, bigotry, hatred and a skyrocketing stock market. When will America wake up to the fact that this buffoon of a president is going to destroy our country without even knowing it? We are being led by a small-minded, revenge-seeking, narcissist who will do whatever it takes to stroke his own ego. I’ll be surprised if we survive this presidency without a major catastrophe of historic proportions. Make America great again, indeed. Get him out of the White House.

AUBREY CARTER, AUSTIN

Re: Aug. 3 article, “Finding her way.”

What a great article! A real eye opener as to the stress that transgenders face every day!

Your estimated numbers of LGBTQ youths in Travis County and transgender adults in Texas were just mind-numbing. All the heartache and stress that so many thousands of people in the transgender community live with daily is unbelievable. The difficulty our elected officials have had coming to grips with a bathroom bill shows that there is no hope whatsoever of rendering real assistance to transgenders soon.

The only hope for helping and aiding transgenders is that “we the people” can find it in our hearts to have some understanding and compassion for the very real pain and suffering “we” are causing our friends and families!

CARL PAUL, AUSTIN



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