Letters to the editor: Nov. 16, 2017

Those of us who respect Mayor Steve Adler’s stand on the inclusion of the Sons of Confederate Veterans in the Veteran’s Day parade were probably already fans. I doubt whether he won over anyone.

Politically, it might not have been clever. Morally, it was right — and every one of my veteran associates agrees.

Only the confused and excessive generosity of America would trick us into letting people who want to honor traitors against our country, who killed hundreds of thousands of American soldiers to destroy our country, march in our patriotic occasions.

Check their media. The Sons are not some sort of living history study group. They believe that the Confederacy was always legitimate. They are actually dangerous, and I thank Adler for having the moral perceptiveness to withdraw his sanction from their display.


Mayor Steve Adler boycotted Austin’s annual Veterans Day parade in protest over a form of the Confederate flag being featured in it.

Presumably, he will not visit the state Capitol — given the fact a form of the Confederate flag is represented on one of six medallions on both its southern and northern facades and on the floor of the rotunda. He must also avoid appearing at the Texas State Cemetery if ever a military hero or other person of distinction is buried there, since nine Confederate generals and over 2,000 Confederate veterans and widows are interred there as well.

I very much oppose this type of selective personal outrage which results in rejecting out of hand whole groups or elements of society due to the alleged evils of a few. While the entire city is trying to honor our veterans, elitist, condemnatory distractions will be raining on that parade. How sad.


The proposed 2017 tax reduction and reform package is not only going to skip the middle class, it is going to increase the taxes that the middle class pays. I’ve done the math — and the version of the Senate bill will raise my family’s taxes by approximate 17.5 percent. Texas does not have a state income tax, so property owners pay high school and local taxes. Losing this deduction is a big deal.

It appears that generally we are having a tax increase on the upper middle- to high-income earners, a slight reduction for the low-income earners and a windfall for most businesses. It’s true: Business taxes need to be reduced, but a reduction to 20 percent is a bit extreme. I would urge that both the House and Senate look at a more realistic figure like 22-25 percent, an elimination or correction on the carried interest provision, and another look at pass-through business entities.


Re: Nov. 10 article, “Senate GOP tax bill delays corporate cut.”

The tax bills article left out most significant information: that the tax bills must fit into the framework of the budget resolution passed earlier by Congress.

In that context, a tax bill that blows out the deficit by $1.5 trillion is no problem. The budget resolution passed earlier includes that expectation. The resolution provides measure to pay off our massive debt. It specifies cutting “mandatory” federal programs by $4 trillion over the next 10 years. Mandatory programs are Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. Expect, soon, a bill containing $200 billion dollar cut to Social Security and increased retirement age of 70. Push Medicaid off to the states and cut funding. Turn Medicare into a voucher program. Speaker Paul Ryan is fulfilling his long-held dream of small government and low taxes — a vision he embraced as a devotee of the writings of Russian immigrant Ayn Rand.


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