Letters to the editor: Oct. 12, 2017

    4:00 p.m Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017 Opinion

Football players respectfully kneel when another player is hurt. It follows that when our country is hurting because of discrimination, they “would take a knee” as a plea for healing.

They have not turned their backs nor taken any other disrespectful actions. Kneeling has not ever been a disrespectful gesture — and it should not be considered one now.

Why has no one mentioned that some religions do not believe in honoring the pledge or anthem? As citizens, they have the right to abstain because of the Constitution and the defenders of that freedom. They have the courage of their convictions — and the players who respectfully kneel are courageously sending a message for help.

FRANCES KILLINGSWORTH, LAMPASAS

Hypocrites: With all the groups making demands that we change history and their protest everything, I think it is time for a dose of reality.

• I propose the return of the military draft, including women, or mandatory two years of government service with no exemptions — especially the elite and college-bound.

• Both of the above are to include a combat zone assignment if possible.

• Black NFL players must have served at least one year in a combat zone.

• Establish time limits and amounts of welfare that can be drawn.

• Tax welfare and long-term unemployment as income.

• Establish term limits in Congress with no retirement or benefits.

BILL HOGLAN, GEORGETOWN

Re: Oct. 9 article, “How a petition drive aims to put CodeNext’s fate in voters’ hands.”

It has been my understanding since Austin moved to our present 10-1 City Council system that members are elected by the voters in their respective districts and that they are then trusted to represent the voters in their actions. Input from citizens is always welcomed by my council member — but the votes they cast reflect a broader perspective than just my own.

Why are efforts being made to attempt to undermine our City Council system? Is it just another example of “burn the place down” mentality instead of working within the system voters have chosen? No governing body will be able to satisfy every citizen. Council members were chosen to do just what they are doing — deciding certain issues for the city. They deserve our input and support in doing their jobs.

NORMA WATKINS, AUSTIN

Re: Oct. 7 article, “Peace prize given to anti-nuke group.”

I am encouraged by the Nobel Peace Prize committee’s honoring the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons as this year’s winner of the award. I am proud to be a longtime supporter of Physicians for Social Responsibility — a member organization of ICAN — that has taken this threat to humanity seriously for the past half century.

It is difficult to watch the North Koreans and the United States “yell” at each other like children in a playground. The seriousness of the threat of nuclear war requires diplomacy to a degree that we are not used to and perhaps can’t achieve — but if you don’t talk to people, you certainly can’t solve grave problems.

I am thankful for the luck that we haven’t used these weapons since World War II. Abolishing these weapons is our only hope for a safe future.

ELLIOT J. TRESTER, TEXAS PHYSICIANS FOR SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY BOARD MEMBER, AUSTIN

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