Letters to the editor: Aug. 6, 2017


Re: Aug. 31 article, “While Houston got swamped, Travis rescue boats sat idle.”

Texans in Houston are hurting, and need help. Sheriff Sally Hernandez decides to wait to send help, so she can be assured her office will be reimbursed, leaving fellow Texans to wait in the water.

But when Immigration and Customs Enforcement wants a violator held, no help is afforded. Though she violates constitutional authority costing Travis County potentially millions of dollars, she won’t send help to Texans because she wants her department reimbursed. Come on Sally, do your job both morally and constitutionally.

KENNETH HARRELL, AUSTIN

Amid the chaos and heartache of Hurricane Harvey, we encountered a ray of sunshine. Fleeing our coastal home in Port Lavaca, we arrived safely at a friend’s home in Central Austin. Exhausted and hungry, we found a nearby place to eat. We found ourselves at the Kerbey Lane Cafe. After being seated, our server approached and noted our exhausted appearance. She engaged us in a conversation, which led us to describe our evacuation from the Texas coast earlier that day.

During our food preparation, we were approached by Anja Jacobs who, we later learned, was the managing partner of Kerbey Lane Cafe. Exchanging introductions and the details of leaving our home behind, Anja generously said the cost of our meal would be paid by the restaurant.

Preparing to leave, we were once again met by Anja and staff. Hugs and farewells were offered to the wonderful folks at Kerbey Lane. Bravo!

DOUGLAS SCHILLER, PORT LAVACA

I grew up in the ’30s and ’40s hearing ethnic slurs that are as embedded now as they were then.

The demonized Nazi regime was defeated 72 years ago, yet it’s symbol has reappeared in America. No person with any historical education would associate with such a symbol. I believe them to be a small enigma that should be ignored by everybody, including the news media and protesters.

Had there not been any protesters or media coverage in Charlottesville, the neo-Nazi marchers would have only heard and seen themselves and gone home in silence. It’s time to remove the limelight on any group that hates, left or right.

MERRILL WHITEHEAD, WIMBERLEY



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