Letters to the editor: Jan. 1, 2018


If voter fraud is so rampant, as Donald Trump and Roy Moore have both claimed about their elections, do they both have such low self-esteem as to assume that none of the illegal votes were cast for them?

Voting illegally is probably difficult and risky, so it would make sense that people casting them are so gung-ho about their candidate they would risk jail time to see their candidate win. Trump and Moore seem to imply that out of thousands of illegally cast ballots, they were all cast for their opponents. Dudes, don’t sell yourselves so short — you have plenty of supporters who love you enough to cheat.

CAYGE CLEMENTS, BUDA

Dec. 26 article, “Recent officer shootings test value of Austin police body cameras.”

It’s about time.

Now, we can see what these police officers encounter very day when they our trying to keep our community safe.

We now have an opportunity to see the true facts through the eyes of our police officers. I say goodbye to the fruitless lawsuits.

KEITH BROOKS, TAYLOR

A Republican “Picture of Dorian Gray.” We all remember that masterpiece of literature by Oscar Wilde. Trump, Pence, Ryan, McConnell — they look in the mirror and smile, pleased with themselves. Handshaking, photo ops — it’s all great, they say.

But behind closed doors, the cigar smoke-filled rooms are full of stench. The stench of sellouts, short deals, backstabbings and double-crossing, two-faced deals. Enriching the rich and short changing everyone else.

Shorting education at all levels. Shorting health care at all levels. Shorting the environment at all levels. Shorting the American ideals of equality, justice and upward mobility required by an elevated society.

Congratulations are in order. The oligarchy is complete. Peons, surfs and masters are all that’s left of a once promising new land. Dorian Gray’s picture is indeed handsome, but not what’s in the mirror.

VALENTIN MARTINEZ, AUSTIN

Re: Dec. 19 letter to the editor, “Evangelicals have good reasons to back Trump.

I’m so happy the writer has brought attention to the lesser-known teachings of Jesus Christ. After all, the whole point of Evangelicals is to bring the word of God to the masses.

Everyone knows the trite teachings of the Sermon on the Mount, where Jesus tells us to love God and to love our neighbor. And, of course, that old saw: Love your Enemies, and pray for those who persecute you.

But the writer reminds us of Jesus’s Allegory of the Dark Alley, where the son of God says, “I am your hammer — use me to pound them into the ground.”

Thank you for showing us the true nature of the Evangelicals who follow the example of “Christian Morality” as led by Donald Trump.

KEVIN MANZKE, AUSTIN

House Speaker Paul Ryan says the tax cut will cause corporations to hire more people, drive up competition for workers and increase wages. Why would they do that? Why wouldn’t they use the tax cut to increase profits and drive up the stock price — and the corporate officers’ personal bottom lines?

Case in point: Corporate profits are already near historic highs. Unemployment is low — but that hasn’t been reflected in wages. Congressional Republicans should be honest and admit that the tax cut is a gift to their donors — and nothing more.

CLAY OLMSTEAD, AUSTIN

When you act against the welfare and security of the United States, is it not treason?

The GOP, in its desperation to remain in control and have denied citizens their right to vote. They have gerrymandered our states into a farce of redistricting to ensure their election. Gov. Greg Abbott wants to ensure judges will rule as he thinks right, not to the letter of the law, the facts nor the Constitution.

They want Democratic politicians having been accused of sexual harassment to resign from office, while at the same time asking Alabama voters to elect a Republican accused of being a child predator. Our Russian-elected president is a proud, self-professed serial groper.

How do these men sleep at night?

P.M. RAY, BUDA

There is “right” and “wrong” in politics. Valid political opinions must be sensible interpretations of verifiable data — not biases, impressions or religious beliefs. Citizens rarely see what is unethical within their own culture. Outsiders, however, intuitively recognize what is wrong, be that slavery, torture, genital mutilation, child marriage, exploiting the vulnerable or letting the poor starve

For U.S. citizens, Canadians, Europeans, Japanese and Australians are outsider peers. Do they consider Republican Americans’ exceptionalism to be ethical? Is it ethical to base policies on fringe religious beliefs? To thoughtlessly support the gun lobby? To deny science to protect profits? To make reasonable health care and higher education inaccessible to the underprivileged?

The U.S. is a great country because it is large, resource-rich, underpopulated and democratic. Miserly, tightfisted Republicans are not making it greater. Much of what they support is unethical and wrong.

HEINZ AESCHBACH, AUSTIN

Re: Dec. 1 article, “Agent’s death could have been accident.”

Hit by a semi’s mirror as proposed by the FBI and County Sheriff Oscar Carillo sounds like a reasonable explanation for the injury and death of agent Rogelio Martinez, but not accidentally — deliberately.

Many people don’t like the Border Patrol, and it wouldn’t take much to swerve onto the shoulder and clip the men with the right-side mirror. No witnesses, no consequences for the driver.

BARBARA BOYNE, LAGO VISTA



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