Letters to the editor: Feb. 10, 2018

    12:00 a.m. Friday, Feb. 9, 2018 Opinion

The future of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals kids and funding for a border wall should not be considered as a reciprocal tradeoff rolled into a tit-for-tat deal.

It’s bad horse sense and bad horse trading — and it doesn’t represent what most Americans want to have happen. Even a cursory examination of the polls regarding these manners reveals this; effectively, two-thirds of the population are for DACA assimilation, while a similar percentage are against a border wall.

By all means, let us pursue a more just and effective immigration policy — but let these two items be resolved separately, each on their own merits, to the will of the people.

TERRY CONLAN, AUSTIN

Re: Feb. 7 commentary, “Texas has another chance to fix funding for public schools.

Noel Candelaria’s editorial about our Texas legislators’ lack of interest raised two questions for me:

How many current legislators have children who went to public schools? How many have children who went to private schools?

I ask this because they seem much more interested in assisting private schools.

JACK MARTIN, AUSTIN

Re: Feb. 5 M. Scott Byers Two Views cartoon

A recent political cartoon that ran in the Feb. 5 edition shows Gov. Greg Abbott using his political power to restrain and crush the idea of local control, a pattern often criticized by Austin Mayor Adler.

In truth, Adler uses the same power plays to limit our own local neighborhood control by imposing programs such as CodeNext and “corridors” as he sees fit.

Consistency is important for leadership.

GERRY OROURKE, AUSTIN

Re: Feb. 6 article, “Trump: Dems not clapping is ‘un-American.’”

It should cause a little concern when the president of the United States starts calling people who oppose him “treasonous” and “un-American,” especially since he probably believes it to be true as do many of his supporters.

But, if I have to be called a “traitor” because I believe that Trump and what he stands for is contrary to what America is all about, then go ahead and call me that.

E. BRIAN GRAHAM, AUSTIN

It looks to me as if Donald Trump has a new motto: “We’ll see what happens.”

Listen for it: You’ll hear it all the time. Suddenly, the hot-shot negotiator and tough guy’s go-to plan is to passively wait around for events to play out.

Presumably, after we “see what happens,” he’ll take credit — if things go well — or blame somebody else — if things go badly. So weak. So milquetoast. So sad.

JANET L. LACHMAN, AUSTIN

I think that a simple solution to Austin’s traffic problems could be handled by our City Council by adopting a new ordinance that would require all businesses to stagger their operating hours.

For example, business with names beginning with A-H would have operating hours from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.; I-P would operate from 2 to 10 p.m.; and Q-Z between 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Just think of the reduction in traffic. Our existing roads would be good for a long time.

If you can pass an ordinance that deals with the way private and public companies treat their employees, why not operating hours? Also, think of the jobs — and revenue — that could be created to police the new ordinance.

DON FOWLER, AUSTIN

Speaker Paul Ryan must remove Rep. Devin Nunes from the House Intelligence Committee. His actions over the last several months, and particularly this past week, are disturbing, unethical and likely illegal.

To make material changes to the already noncontextual FBI memo committee that Republicans approved should alarm you. To refuse to allow the Democratic memo that does provide context is a frightening sign of despotism and the erosion of our democracy.

What is Nunes up to? Surely nothing good for the American people. Congressman John Carter must urge Ryan to get this fox out of the henhouse and off the Intelligence Committee.

KRISTIN BLANCHARD, ROUND ROCK

Our dictator in chief asked “Can we call that treason?” because Democrats “just sat there” as he repeatedly applauded for himself during his State of the Union speech.

Our dear leader wants to make America great again by returning to the good old days, when a Republican can yell “you lie” at our nation’s first black president. As usual with this administration, there’s plenty of film footage, so our lying eyes can revisit Republicans refusing to stand during Obama’s 2010, 2013 and 2016 speeches.

SUSAN SIMMER, AUSTIN