Letters to the editor: Nov. 24, 2017


Re: Nov. 15 article, “France terrorism survivor: EMDR therapy helped me, could help others.”

Though I am extremely sorry for the horrible violence Maegan Copeland’s family experienced, I was thrilled to see the front-page article on Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing.

As an 18-year hospice chaplain with Hospice Austin, I underwent EMDR several years ago to address the most difficult deaths I had experienced. The positive effects of EMDR are amazing and lasting. Even today, the memories are still there, but all the negative energy around them is gone. I strongly encourage anyone suffering from trauma or post-traumatic stress disorder to pursue this therapy.

ANN HAGMANN, GEORGETOWN

Re: Nov. 16 article, “Bathroom bills harm put Texas at risk, Straus panel told.”

Tony McDonald, of the conservative interest group Empower Texans, stated at a recent legislative committee hearing that the ongoing fight over the so-called “bathroom bill” was one between “good and evil,” “decent Texans,” “predators who prey on children,” and “useful idiots, who are willing and able to accommodate the worst evils imaginable.”

Might I suggest instead that McDonald and his ilk, along with their elected enablers who manufacture and promote nonexistent problems for nefarious political purposes, are the “evil” ones? That they who seek to starve public education and social services for poor families and special needs children are the ones who prey on children? That they who allow themselves to be distracted from real issues by homophobic, xenophobic, and racist political concoctions are the actual useful idiots? That manufacturing and fueling an American cultural war that might destroy this country is one of the worst evils imaginable?

ERIC FONKEN, AUSTIN

Has everyone collectively lost their ability to understand the way societies work? We need to contribute our proportionate fair share to benefit the community, and in turn, we receive benefits by being in that community and having contributed.

Our Republican “leaders,” in their desire to keep their personal wealth, have decided to cut taxes for the themselves, balancing the remainder of funds needed to run the government on you and me.

What is going to happen to our community now? Lower standards in health care, terrible roads, bad water, higher crime. And another thought, in turn, our property taxes and sales taxes will now rise to fill the gap. Wake up!

LEIGH VAN KIRK, AUSTIN

The president told us that his “middle-class tax cuts” weren’t going to benefit him. It turns out that this is another lie from the snake oil salesman in chief.

In fact, the president and his wealthy cronies are the primary beneficiaries of the proposed tax cuts. It’s been estimated that the president will save over a billion dollars under the legislation. Although the self-dealing nature of the legislation is bad enough, the president is not disclosing that many lower- and middle-income taxpayers will get a tax increase, and that millions of Americans may lose health insurance coverage since the Senate plans to repeal key provisions of Obamacare in its bill.

It’s time to see this for what it is — an enormous tax break for the president and his wealthy supporters that will be paid for by the people who are least able to afford it.

STEPHEN JODY HELMAN, AUSTIN

I am a divorced mom and a mental health therapist hoping to open my own private practice. The GOP tax plan affects my livelihood, as well as my life.

Our tax code may need reform, but reform on our backs is not the way forward. U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz and John Cornyn, with bipartisan work you can generate a better plan than this. Please listen to your constituents over your donors. Long-term tax reform is possible without long-term harm caused to hardworking Americans. The corporations give you money. We give you our vote and our trust.

MANDY DAVIDSON, AUSTIN

In the recent California killings, the suspect was known to have a mental illness. President Trump declared that the Las Vegas mass murder was not a gun issue, but a mental health issue.

Wasn’t it the current administration that obeyed the NRA instructions and made it easier for people with mental illness to purchase guns?

G. K. WOOD, ROUND ROCK



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