Letters to the editor: Aug. 13, 2017


Re: Aug. 6 letter to the editor, “Hernandez needs to get her priorities straight.”

Obviously, the letter writer did not read the entire article — Travis County offered help. Houston and Harris County officials said not to come — to wait — because they would be needed later, so Travis County helped in other ways. This is what happens when only the headline of an article is all that is read; please read the entire article!

There is a liability without proper authority. If there was an accident or death, there would be a huge lawsuit because Travis County did not have the authority to act. You have to abide by the rules for results.

DONNA BETH MCCORMICK, AUSTIN

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

Travis County residents are learning to their everlasting embarrassment that you get what you vote for. Sally Hernandez ran for sheriff and won on a narrow, albeit important, issue: immigration. Now look. We have a sheriff who thinks small and is generally incompetent for the broader public safety role she’s sworn to fill.

And she has the temerity to site lessons learned from Katrina? One of George W. Bush’s greatest regrets in office was waiting. People died. That’s what following protocol instead of your gut will get you, Ms. Hernandez. This is Texas, not France or Belgium. We just go! And so should you.

GREG DAVIDSON, CEDAR PARK

I have two questions for Sens. John Cornyn and Ted Cruz and Gov. Greg Abbott:

1. With an unemployment rate in Texas of 4.3 percent, where do you think we are going to find the workers to rebuild the Texas coast if we are deporting 800,000 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipients and their families?

2. What is the economic benefit to our state by deporting 800,000 well-educated and taxpaying individuals who have registered under DACA?

This decision is, first and foremost, morally wrong. Economically, it will be a “disaster,” to quote your hero at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

DAVID KESSLER, AUSTIN

Since it appears most decisions and positions on issues our congressmen take seem dependent on whether they will be “primaried” or not in the next campaign for re-election, maybe it’s time to rethink term limits for members of Congress.

The last time the Republicans controlled both branches of Congress and the White House, they introduced and successfully passed most of the Contract With America. Sadly, the one item on the agenda that was not adopted was the plank for term limits. Removing the fear of re-election from the privilege of serving the public as a congressmen or senator might lead to more statesmanship and a Congress that actually and successfully accomplishes their responsibilities. The resident may only serve two terms. That sounds reasonable for our senators and congressmen as well.

JIM BROOKS, AUSTIN

Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un are at a stalemate. They do not trust one another — and the military posturing by both is heading to an unimaginable disaster.

In ancient Rome and China, and up to the Treaty of Aix-la-Chapelle in 1749, exchanging of hostages was done as an act of good faith to guarantee adherence to agreements. I suggest this be considered as a temporary solution to the current North Korea/U.S. standoff.

Trump’s daughter and eldest son — and their families — will live in Pyongyang, and several of Kim Jong Un’s beloved family members will live in Washington, D.C. In time, when cooler heads prevail, the hostages could go home. But in the interim, they would live comfortably in their new homes and assure that neither side would do anything foolish.

Absurd, perhaps, but not unprecedented. When the discussion involves nuclear options, an absurd solution may fit an absurd situation.

CLIFF RIERSON, AUSTIN



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