Re: Jan. 23 article, “Offering a counternarrative, Cruz blames Democrats for 2013 shutdown.”
So, now Sen. Ted Cruz stands in front of the media and claims that he didn’t cause the government shutdown in 2013.
Why shouldn’t he? Because today, if you want to deny your previous words and actions, you just make up and tell a new story. Even if video evidence of your words and deeds exists, it means nothing. Just tell the story like you want it to be believed today — and you will be fine.
It doesn’t matter if anyone or any news agency refutes the story with mountains of evidence to the contrary. The only thing that matters is that you say what your fans want to hear. After all, blame and finger-pointing rule the day — and your supporters have very short memories.
DOTTYE HOLT, ROUND ROCK
Re: Jan. 22 commentary, “Two Views: Why Supreme Court should rule against bag ban.”
I want to open a new emergency clinic in downtown Austin. However, I have determined that there is not enough business possible. If the profit-sucking jaywalking laws in Austin were eliminated, I think I could get rich. What to do? Solution? Hire the Texas Public Policy Foundation to lobby to override the city law at the state level. Fiction? Yes, somewhat. But I think the TPPF is in business to do that and more.
Regarding Monday’s commentary, when the TPPF quotes the law and argues for respect for the law, ask yourself why the law came into being, who profits and purchased it and who is advocating. TPPF more accurately stands for “Texas Policy Purchasing Federation.”
JIM HOUCK, AUSTIN
Our family had been fans of the Austin Aztex soccer club. We attended the games at House Park and we went to Reeves Athletic Complex when games were held there. We have been eager to see a new professional soccer team in Austin.
The problem is outsiders aren’t familiar with either the city or its residents. Our family avoids attending festivals, games or any activities held in downtown Austin. Parking is atrocious — and we don’t do shuttles because we have a relative with impaired mobility. The traffic gridlock is not worth the time or the effort.
I certainly hope that the various groups considering setting up a soccer team will do their best not to locate their stadium in or near the downtown area. Our family would rather have to drive to Cedar Park for soccer games than to mess with downtown traffic.
ROLANDO ROMO, AUSTIN
On the front page of the Jan. 22 edition of the American-Statesman, I read the teaser headline that said, “Why MoPac’s new sound walls already need to be replaced” and eagerly turned to the Metro & State section for more details. I was disappointed. I drive MoPac on a regular basis and assumed they needed to be replaced simply for aesthetic reasons.
ARTLY SNUFF, AUSTIN
Just returned from a nice trip and decided to read the letters to the editor to get my fix. It must be hate the president week, but of course with these people it is always that week. I have never read more hate mail in my life — and I am 85.
If the liberals writing wish that all the people here illegally presently in our country should be allowed to stay, maybe they should each take a few home with them. Let the people that take them in support them, pay for their housing, food, medical expenses and education. Of course, they will not do that; they don’t love them that much. But they expect the people who work and pay taxes to take care of them. — that way, with no expense, they will feel good about themselves.
The letters do show one thing: Too much welfare makes complainers of lazy people.
JOHN THOMPSON, GEORGETOWN
Now that the signs are put away, what will you do? How will you turn the Women’s March into action?
Supporting two initiatives — the International Violence Against Women Act, and the Reach Every Mother and Child Act — are two ways you can make a change for women everywhere. IVAWA will implement programs that fight gender-based violence around the world. The Reach Every Mother and Child Act expands or redirects U.S. Agency for International Development funding to programs that provide women in developing nations with better access to reproductive health and nutrition for their children. Around 7,000 newborns die every day due to malnutrition, and 800 women die every day from pregnancy-related complications.
Write a personal letter to your elected official. Make a phone call to explain why you support these two life-saving legislative actions. Your voice as a voter has power. Don’t only march. Make a real stand for women’s rights everywhere.
STEPHANIE HERNANDEZ, HOUSTON
I love the president’s idea of trickle-down economics. Surely, everyone is getting a raise and even bonus money. The stock market is booming, so stocks are up — and the companies are making even more money so it can trickle down to you.
Oh, you did not get a raise? The money went to the boss and a few others? Surely you will get one real soon — but, just in case, maybe you better not count on it.
At least the teachers should finally get a raise because everyone’s property taxes went up. So, you are a teacher — and you did not get a raise? Surely the schools do not expect someone with all that student loan debt you have getting that degree to not receive a raise. Everyone knows a manager at McDonald’s makes more than teachers do, but managers must teach kids how to make the burgers.
JIM DENTON, GATESVILLE