Letters to the editor: Dec. 27, 2017


Re: Dec. 20 commentary, “Herman: Are crosses in Caldwell County office crossways with the law?”

I was offended by the tone of Ken Herman’s recent commentary.

While house-hunting in Lockhart in 2013, I met real estate agents who confided houses displaying crosses were more marketable. Indeed, if one looks at Zillow’s pictures of Lockhart homes, many have crosses displayed. Welded, painted, carved, sculpted — crosses are popular collectibles. There are vendors outside Walmart selling crosses. Crosses are an art form in rural Texas.

Crosses in the Caldwell County clerk’s office are inappropriate in a government setting, but I applaud County Clerk Tina Morgan Freeman and County Judge Ken Schawe for refusing petty discussion with Ken Herman. The crosses should be removed with no fanfare — not because some commentator wraps himself in the complaint of an anonymous Austin resident, backing of the Jewish Anti-Defamation League and threatening lawsuits.

Replace the crosses with celebrations of Lockhart’s heritage, but don’t give in to bullies from Austin trying to homogenize us to bland standards.

DENNIS MCCOWN, LOCKHART

Re: Dec. 20 commentary, “Herman: Are crosses in Caldwell County office crossways with the law?”

I’m appalled by several aspects of Ken Herman’s revelation about a county office that has crosses prominently displayed on the walls.

First, this is a tax-funded government office that is bound by the privileges and obligations of the U.S. Constitution, one of which is not to promote religion or show favor of one religion over another.

Second, how many levels of bureaucratic supervisors have ignored this blatant infraction, possibly up to the level of Gov. Greg Abbott?

Third, how long do you think it would take for an outcry and then removal if the symbol were for the Jewish, Muslim or Hindu religions? I’m guessing less than a day.

Sic ‘em, Anti-Defamation League!

MARY E. MILAM, AUSTIN

Re: Dec. 20 letter to the editor, “Social Security increase will be eaten by Medicare.”

The letter to the editor citing a call to their Social Security office complaining to a “bureaucrat” about the increase in Medicare premium was so discouraging.

The writer didn’t seem to understand basic political facts. The “bureaucracy” does not determine rates. Should you wish to complain, call your representatives in Congress.

In the future, please leave the poor “bureaucrat” alone and try to figure out who is actually responsible for your problem. They may be someone you can vote out of office.

C. K. ROBERTS, AUSTIN

The United Nations has become counterproductive — and the politics are on high. We need to stop being stupid and contributing so much to the U.N. upkeep. It has become more of a Mideast coalition than a world peacekeeping organization.

The other nations continue to bite the nation that feeds them, namely the U.S., and they don’t deserve us or our money. The U.N. needs to move out of the U.S.

PETER STERN, DRIFTWOOD

Fascism is a system of government whose members, desiring control and power, relinquish their authority and centralize it under a dictator who came to power through an election based on obsessed nationalism, racism and false promises of prosperity and greatness. Once in control, fascism viciously attacks and attempts to destroy any opposition. Are we there yet?

President Trump convinced voters that only he could improve their lives. He routinely makes false claims. When the news media exposes the lies, he attacks and calls it “fake news.” He ridicules or fires anyone who doesn’t support him. He illegally interferes in a judicial process investigating wrongdoing by him, his family members and close allies. Now, he throws the middle class, low-income earners and seniors under the bus with a tax plan that overwhelmingly benefits himself and the wealthy. Coming next: cuts to Medicare.

Remedy: Let’s vote all of Trump supporters out of office in November 2018.

LARRY J. MASSUNG, SAN MARCOS



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