Letters to the editor: Nov. 4, 2017


We always look for the answer as to why such terrible acts take place. It seems obvious to me that the answer to this recent act of terrorism in New York is to get rid of all of the guns. Oh, in case getting rid of the guns isn’t the solution to this horrible act, then the answer must be getting rid of all of the trucks. Or some other liberal nonsense.

Seems to me a solution to some of the problem would be to get rid of all who entered this country without any vetting. It isn’t a matter of “proper” vetting; it is a matter of any vetting, as was the case prior to the last presidential election.

LOUISE MORSE, AUSTIN

The man who just murdered eight people in lower Manhattan with a rented truck, Sayfullo Saipov, immigrated to the United States from Uzbekistan through the Diversity Immigrant Visa program. This program has been in effect for 27 years, since 1990, where 50,000 permanent resident visas are awarded annually through a lottery system. Congressional opponents of this program have been trying to eliminate it since 2005, citing its susceptibility for fraud and a way for terrorists to enter our country. America already has plenty of diversity. President Trump is right to eliminate this program in favor of an immigration program based on merit, where immigrants have skills that will benefit our country. Our current immigration system does not meet our economic needs or protect our national security.

LESLIE KEY, AUSTIN

Advertising works. Millions of dollars are spent monthly on ads in this country to sell products and ideas. Corporations are willing to spend big dollars on ads because it has been proven that marketing influences the minds of consumers.

It was revealed that during the 2016 presidential campaign, fake news ads on Facebook that spread lies and disinformation about Hillary Clinton, strategically planted by Russians intent on getting Trump elected, reached the homes of 126 million Americans, about half the number of registered voters in the country.

In three pivotal northern states key to Trump’s electoral college victory, a mere 80,000 votes separated him from Clinton. You’ll have a hard time convincing me that Russian influence, along with Republican voter suppression laws that kept many college students and voters in minority neighborhoods from voting, didn’t throw that election to the narcissistic sociopath who now occupies the oval office.

R. CRAIG HENLEY, PAIGE

Rod Rosenstein thinks that we’re too savvy to fool and that we make our decisions completely without regard to outside forces. In actuality, our behaviors have been preordained through years of subliminal coercion.

There’s no reason to have a flag-saluting ceremony at the beginning of every sports event. But it does reinforce a false sense of patriotism that ensures that there’s no opposition to excessive military spending or a lack of young people willing to go to war for nebulous reasons.

Likewise, there no practical need for a prayer at public meetings. But it does normalize and reinforce the idea that events are shaped by a deity and diminishes opposition to the political-ecumenical complex.

And, as we’ve been repeatedly reminded, give rich people tax cuts and manna will “trickle down” on the less fortunate.

Add in the rabble-rousing talking heads and social media.

Too savvy? Nope. Clueless.

MIKE LOOBY, ROUND ROCK



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