Letters to the editor: Oct. 1, 2017


Re: Sept. 24 commentary, “Sean Spicer at the Emmys is really no laughing matter.”

“Sean Spicer is one of the reasons we live in a nation filled with millions of angry, frightened and deeply misinformed people.”

I agree. These “millions of angry, frightened and deeply misinformed people” are all Democrats who simply cannot process their failure to see what was happening in the campaign. It turned out that we “cave-dwelling deplorable irredeemables clutching to our guns and religion” knew the true situation. It’s time for you to take responsibility for your loss and stop being sore losers.

We Trumpsters are not angry, frightened or misinformed. We are happy, optimistic about the future and well-informed. Happy days are here again!

KEN LAWRENCE, GEORGETOWN

Re: Sept. 27 article, “Travis County DA asked to investigate anti-abortion group.”

Texas chose to reward an anti-abortion ally, the Heidi Group, with $6.6 million earmarked to pay for services that Planned Parenthood once delivered to low-income women.

The Heidi Group’s efforts have been a dismal failure — and it’s not clear they can even account for all the funds they were entrusted with. The goal seems to have been to punish Planned Parenthood and their abortion-rights supporters but it has ended up victimizing low-income women and their families.

The state should stop picking fights with Planned Parenthood to score political points and make sure wellness services for women are available to Texans who desperately need them.

DANA BLANTON, AUSTIN

Re: Sept. 27 article, “‘One-of-a-kind’ property on Barton Springs Road up for auction.”

How sad to see a jewel of Austin we all know will be going to developers — another high-rise overpriced that most of us will not be able to afford.

The 2.1-acre tract would be a diamond near downtown if left alone. All could enjoy it. There is enough asphalt, glass and brick around there already. Why do we have to pave over every square inch of this beautiful Austin?

RICK LEIJA, LEANDER

The NFL is an almost perfect meritocracy, where hard work and performance are handsomely rewarded and failure to perform is dealt with swiftly. For those beneficiaries of this system to use their position to disrespect our flag and national anthem is disgusting and unforgivable. The only thing they should be doing on their knees is thanking God that they are here — thanking all those who have lost life and limb, as well as those who currently risk life and limb to preserve the freedoms they are abusing.

CHARLIE BAKER, Retired Air Force colonel GEORGETOWN

About black NFL players protesting during the singing of the national anthem: We must remember that the anthem is built upon two questions that can and should be tested over time.

The first question: “Oh say can you see by the dawn’s early light, what so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming?” Then: “Oh say does that star-spangled banner yet wave, O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?”

Can all see what we hailed at the gleaming twilight, and does that banner yet wave for all?

These players are pointing out that the inspiration of the flag is not equally, consistently living up to the bright hopes of all and not “waving” but hanging limp at the feet of many black Americans.

We must always see the national anthem as a constant, positive challenge, not a given, celebratory fact.

BART BUSKER, HOUSTON

Re: Sept. 27 letter to the editor, “Entertainers should respect the president.”

A recent letter to the editor whined about people “in the entertainment business” failing to show proper respect for our new president, calling them “mean-spirited, ignorant and thoughtless.”

What the writer doesn’t seem to grasp is that Americans should indeed respect the office of the president — but the president himself? Not so much. The indisputable truth is that Donald Trump is reducing the office of POTUS to such a base level that all Americans, not just those in the entertainment industry, should be encouraged to express their justified outrage against this trashing of our country by our current administration.

If you are among those who voted for Trump, then I believe you owe the country and indeed the world a sincere apology for your poor judgment.

BRIAN HOLLAND, AUSTIN



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