Re: Nov. 18 commentary, “Herman: Lawmakers, fireworks and feminine hygiene products.”
I found Ken Herman’s wrap up column of legislative bills filed informative, but also incredibly offensive. Feminine hygiene products are expensive and a necessity for women. I am happy to see legislation to remove the additional financial burden of tax on these products and appreciate someone in the media raising awareness. However, to then say that a bill to tax exempt firearms and hunting equipment is a “similar break for male products” is disheartening. One product is a requirement for women to go about their day-to-day; the other supports a hobby that is not even exclusive to men. I’m also disappointed that an editor felt this sexist remark was OK to publish.
ROSE L. THAYER, AUSTIN
Re: Nov. 17 article, “Cap Metro overhaul plan would leave some riders by the curb.”
Cap Metro’s proposed route changes show one thing: It cares more about getting people who do have cars out of them (by increasing bus frequency on major routes) than getting people who don’t have cars to work, school or court. A manager at the Randall’s on Bee Cave Road was quoted in the story saying that 20 employees depend on the No. 30 to get to work, and disabled students won’t be able to get to Adult Transition Services.
The new plans fit right in with our trend to increasing societal inequality, engineered from above.
I used to support Cap Metro because it provided transportation to those without it. This goal has disappeared from their radar — and services are being cut for those who need them most.
ANNE PETICOLAS, AUSTIN
As a Democrat and someone scared about the dangers facing our country following Donald Trump’s election, I struggle to find the appropriate rhetorical balance, While being vigilant is necessary to prevent Trump from permanently damaging our nation and democracy, I worry that constant negative and dramatic public responses to everything Trump does is desensitizing and plays into his hands, fueling his propaganda machine. It emboldens Trump’s supporters, many of whom are decent individuals — the very people who must be persuaded to protect America’s core values by standing up against Trump. Vigilance must be strong and persistent but not viewed as more of the same; the latter only accentuates what Trump effectively sold his supporters during the campaign. Vigilance must be strategic and opposition points carefully chosen. Figuring out how to draw this balance, of course, is the challenge. I defer to those who are more politically astute to make that calculation.
RICK CHERWITZ, AUSTIN
Re: Nov. 19 letter to the editor, “Protesting students being hypocritical.”
You criticize students for protesting and having no respect for our Democratic process. I can’t let this go unrebutted.
The U.S. just elected a bigot, a xenophobe, a serial liar and a crook (Trump University claims were settled for $25million) who wants a former racist for attorney general and a media arsonist for chief strategist. And the president-elect conducted himself throughout the last year as a divisive politician and deplorable human being. Newsflash: Hate speech and hate crimes are on the rise since the election. Surprised? Not me.
The students I encountered in 30-plus years of teaching at UT are impressive citizens; I’ve encountered maybe five cheaters in 30 years to have one or more of the above shameful characteristics of the president-elect. Give students credit they deserve. They have pegged the president-elect spot-on and are using their constitutional right to proclaim him as he is.
DON BATORY, AUSTIN