Letters to the editor: March 21, 2017


Re: March 5 article, “Austin ICE raids: Meet the immigrants arrested.”

I am an immigrant, legal, documented! I came here when I was 22 years old and I am a U.S. citizen now. I personally know several illegal undocumented aliens and I guarantee you that each and every one knows very well that they are here in violation of the laws. I am sick and tired of your sob stories about undocumented aliens!

The wife of a person who was deported by ICE was quoted in the story: “We always respected the rules here.” BS! Obviously they haven’t respected the rules here, otherwise they wouldn’t be here! Furthermore, the stories about the “rights” of illegal aliens are sickening. How many rights do you think we would have if we stayed illegally in China, Mexico or Canada?

THEO VAN EETEN, TOW

Re: March 5 article, “Austin ICE raids: Meet the immigrants arrested.”

Excellent, factual and fair. It’s the collateral arrest of non-criminals that’s so troubling and sad. But, they are here in violation of the law, too. Congress must change the law with temporary measures to be accommodating to the current cohort, possibly granting work visas temporarily. Meanwhile, secure the borders and pass new, comprehensive immigration reform.

GREG DAVIDSON, CEDAR PARK

Re: March 7 article, “Polarizing transgender bathroom bill has first public hearing Tuesday.”

Why does Dan Patrick care so much about controlling where people go to the bathroom?

What would be the result of passing Senate Bill 6, which prohibits Texans from using the bathroom consistent with their gender identity?

While there is no evidence of need for SB 6, there is extensive research that indicates it would result in diminished psychological well-being and potential physical harm for both children and adults. If SB 6 passes, we can predict that bullying will increase in schools, psychologically harming the victims as well as the perpetrators who look for social power by hurting others. Children who are non-gender-conforming will experience increased anxiety and depression. This harm is unnecessary.

To truly protect Texan citizens, Dan Patrick could concentrate on the sharp increase in maternity death rates since the defunding of Planned Parenthood, or delegate resources for the many children hurt annually due to inadequately funded child protective services.

KALILA HOMANN, AUSTIN

Each year, on Feb. 15, I am reminded of the sacrifice made not only by Deputy Sheriff Keith Ruiz and also that of his wife, Bernadette, and their three sons. For 16 years Ms. Ruiz has been a single parent while remaining devoted to her late husband. While I am saddened that Deputy Sheriff Ruiz was killed while serving Travis County, I am also grateful for the dedication with which he performed his duties.

I find it most inspirational each year to read the words of steadfast love written to her husband by Bernadette Ruiz. She is a courageous woman who has reared three sons while keeping alive the memory of her beloved husband. Ruiz, please know that I continue to remember your husband’s service to the community. I am also mindful of your public declaration of unwavering love for him.

DEBBIE KEITH, AUSTIN

I have seen several letters recently pleading to “Give Trump a chance.” I did. Within the first month of assuming office, he has knowingly fabricated the charge that Obama wiretapped him at Trump Towers and is pushing for Congress to waste its time on a political witch hunt simply to divert negative attention.

Foreign policy seems to consist of blunders and antagonizing world leaders. He plans to roll back as much of the EPA as he can — I guess he admires the smog that is killing the Chinese — and wants to fry the earth with runaway global warming. He wants to squeeze all other departments so he can pump up the already bloated Defense Department by 10 percent, totally unnecessary. I do like his plan for infrastructure, which is a positive step. But honestly, his chance is up, he needs to be a one-term president.

FRANK SHOFNER, LAGO VISTA

Re: March 5 letter to the editor, “Shut up about Trump’s tax return.”

The letter writer is obviously correct that neither the constitution nor current statues compel the president to release his tax returns. Only the voices of public opinion can compel him to follow decades of common practice that have ensured that his predecessors had no conflict between the public interest and their personal financial interests.

Such assurance seems particularly important with this president. At the same time, not only are the voices of public opinion not compelled by either the Constitution or current statues to be quiet, but those voices speaking out are protected by the Constitution.

ROSS JENNINGS, AUSTIN

Re: March 8 article, “Transgender bathroom bill draws hundreds to testify.”

More than a decade ago the Austin City Council passed a city ordinance protecting transgender persons from discrimination in our community. I was a member of the Austin Human Rights Commission that recommended this action.

Previous to that I had little knowledge of transgender issues. Commission members met transgender persons in the community who helped us understand their issues in society (which was not always sensitive to their problems with discriminatory treatment) and the need to protect their rights as a minority group.

I also learned about remarkable, accomplished transgender persons in the world.

Senate Bill 6 is wrong and based on the notion that transgender persons are predatory and somehow do not deserve protection from discrimination.

The truth is: Transgender persons are human beings, with joys, sorrows the same as others. No persons should be punished because the gender identity they feel is other than that of their birth.

EDWARD SLEDGE, AUSTIN

Some people, mostly conservatives, are freaking out over someone using a restroom based on his/her gender identity. One has to wonder where this silliness originated since it has been going on for a very long time without so much as a peep.

Then suddenly out of nowhere, people can’t stop talking about it. Our lawmakers have proposed legislation that will turn Texas into another North Carolina, costing us millions in lost tourism and business revenue. But here is an upcoming scenario that will keep them talking for a very long time. What are they going to do when a transgender bearded bodybuilder goes into the women’s restroom because she has the birth certification identification of female?

STEVE CANNON, AUSTIN



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