Letters to the editor: Aug. 12, 2017


Re: Aug. 9 article, “Texas Senate leaders reject $1.8 billion House school finance fix.”

In response to Senate Education Chair Larry Taylor: Yes, the House education bill is a Band-Aid — but you cover a cut on the way to the emergency room, you don’t just let it bleed out.

We welcome a long-term solution to education finance reform, though we have been promised that “education will be a top priority” over and over again. This return of money after the last cuts would go a long way to show that you believe in what we are trying to do to educate the children of this state.

I welcome your visit to my classroom to see what it is you are working for.

ALISA MIRABELLA, LEANDER

Re: Aug. 2 commentary, “Why jurisdictions are a bigger taxing problem than schools.”

The abstract theorists at the Texas Public Policy Foundation are at it again, advocating for the elimination of property taxes in lieu of an “efficient, reformed sales tax” — but whatever that is, they’re not sharing it with us.

For all their talk of transparency, one has to wonder what is their true motivation. Property taxes, in one form or another, have been with us since colonial times — so hardly a socialist plot. And if property taxes were inherently unconstitutional, they would have been overturned by the Supreme Court years ago.

Failing the transparency test yet again, Vance Ginn and James Quintero refuse to level with us as to how this brave new world of replacing property taxes with crushing sales taxes will benefit hardworking Texans.

STEPHEN SHACKELFORD, AUSTIN

On Nov. 22, 1787, James Madison offered the following definition of a political faction: “A number of citizens, whether amounting to a minority or a majority of the whole, who are united and actuated by some common impulse of passion, or of interest, adverse to the rights of other citizens, or to the permanent and aggregate interests of the community.”

OnApril 22, 1970, cartoon Pogo offered the following: “We have met the enemy and he is us.”

If we continue to practice our politics based on the binary theory that “your loss is my win,” we will surely prove the truth of both of these quotes and be left to question whether the grand American experiment can survive.

CHARLES MURDOCK, AUSTIN

Why is it we can send a man to the moon but can’t provide affordable health care for all Americans?

I’ll tell you why: The members of Congress and our president are all healthy, rich and have the best health insurance in the world. As a 90-year-old World War II veteran who can’t walk or do other essentials easily, I just ask for some empathy. Is that too much to ask from our self-righteous leaders?

HERMAN I. MORRIS, PLANO

Any man can walk into any public women’s restroom anywhere in Texas anytime, 24/7. He walks up to the door, pushes it open and step-step-step — he’s inside.

Where are the armed female guards?

Where are the skin-scraping, DNA-analyzing doorlocks that release only upon detection of two complete X-chromosomes?

It’s already against many laws in many locations to run a red light. Do we run red lights? Are we talking about a regulation that’s maybe enforced and only in the breech? Will any woman in Texas feel, or be, any safer with the in-name-only legislation that’s under discussion now?

JEANNE SHAUB, AUSTIN



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