Letters to the editor: Oct. 6, 2017


Re: Oct. 1 article, “Can Austin win Amazon’s HQ2 — and could city handle impact if it did?” and Oct. 1 commentary, “Viewpoints: City should define ‘affordable housing’ in CodeNext talks.”

So, the mayor sees a “pretty unique opportunity” for Austin if he can lure Amazon and its highly paid workers to Austin. I read this article after I had read the article about CodeNext trying to find a way to provide more affordable housing in Austin. Talk about cognitive dissonance!

In my opinion, the last thing this city needs is an influx of highly paid people who will further exacerbate the housing and traffic problems. I doubt that the promised 50,000 jobs will go to Austinites who need work. This city is struggling to provide affordable housing and fix the crumbling infrastructure and schools. We do not need Amazon.

CAROL BRADY, AUSTIN

Praying for the victims of the domestic terrorist attack in Las Vegas will give some comfort to many of the victims and their families. Reasonable gun controls on assault rifles would more likely have prevented it.

Blame this one on the NRA and their supporters who are against any reasonable gun control. Blame these killings on the Texas politicians who self-servingly support ownership of assault rifles that are useless for hunting and only good for killing people.

I’ll pray for them to start acting like the Christians they proclaim to be — but I suspect the NRA owns their soul, as well as their vote.

JOHN MOORMAN, ROUND ROCK

Reading President Trump’s proposed tax plan recalls dialog from the 1956 movie “Helen of Troy”: “It is a way the gods have, to give with one hand and take with two.”

The advocates for the new plan emphasize the increase in the standard deduction — but they ignore the elimination of personal exemptions and the increase in the lowest tax rate from 10 percent to 12 percent.

Considering all three factors, most seniors will pay more income tax under the new plan than under the existing tax plan.

The breakeven point for a couple filing jointly would be around $52,000 per year of Adjusted Gross Income.

DAVID BUTLER, AUSTIN

The president is very confusing. When he had the opportunity to speak out against the violent, hate-spewing white supremacists in Charlottesville who caused the death of an innocent American, he chose to say that they were “fine people” exercising the right to protest the removal of a confederate war statue. However, when law-abiding African-Americans chose to express their right to free speech and protest peacefully before a football game, he chose to call them obscenities.

When people ask me if I think the president is a racist, all I can say is tigers don’t bark — and dogs don’t have stripes.

We have been truly blessed to live in the greatest nation ever devised. With God’s grace, we shall someday once again aspire, as President Ronald Reagan emphasized, to be that “shining city upon the hill whose beacon light guides freedom loving people everywhere.”

FERMIN ORTIZ, LLANO

Re: Sept. 26 commentary, “Herman: Free speech, our president and our favorite Sunday pastime.”

I wholeheartedly agree with Ken Herman’s commentary regarding Trump’s rant about NFL players. I voted for Trump — but I most certainly regret it now. And if we had an election to remove him from office, I would be at the head of the line.

THELMA MARSHALL, GEORGETOWN

Say you’re sick. Ninety-seven out of 100 doctors prove it’s serious and suggest ways to improve your health. Probably you’d listen — but you might not. Maybe those other three say you don’t have to give up ice cream or start exercising. Maybe you’re skeptical about the medical field. You’d have the right to make any choice you want with your own health.

Say you’re a landlord. Ninety-seven out of 100 engineers say your building is unsafe and needs structural reinforcements. Sure, you could ignore them. Maybe you think repairs are expensive or new materials might save you. But renting to tenants without fixing it would be wrong.

When we make decisions about others’ safety, we have a responsibility to act on the best information available. Science tells us climate change is real, human-caused and getting worse.

You might find some reasons to ignore 97 percent of climate science — but you can’t find moral ones.

SASHA WEST, AUSTIN



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