Letters to the editor: Sept. 14, 2017


Was horrified to see how many motor boats were filling up with gas recently. I even heard reports of some filling up garbage containers in the back of their trucks!

Many people had to work over the Labor Day holiday, and knowing that they had difficulty finding gas to go to work while seeing people enjoying being out on the lakes was very disturbing. I’m sure the number of boats was down from a normal holiday, but why wouldn’t it be considered enough of an issue to shut down the lakes to motorized watercraft?

JUDI BORK, AUSTIN

Re: Sept. 4 article, “Abbott says Texas will need $150B to $180B in federal Harvey aid.”

Dear Gov. Abbot: I have always been impressed by your staunch defense of conservative principles advocating smaller government and states’ rights. Thus, I was disappointed with your recent failure to defend our state from federal intervention.

First, you allow the Federal Emergency Management Agency to invade, and now you suggest that our proud state would be willing to accept $180 billion in federal aid. Are you going to argue next that our sacred “rainy day fund” should be looted because some areas received a measly 50 inches of rain? Do not be persuaded by images of flood evacuees wading through high water carrying their few possessions in plastic bags. Be a principled conservative again!

OK, I will give you credit for showing real leadership in navigating our crisis. But is there any hope that after this experience you can come to realize that even the federal government can provide value in times of need?

LONNIE CHILDS, FREDERICKSBURG

I am calling on Texas elected officials to set partisan issues aside to pass a robust Hurricane Harvey disaster relief fund and oppose any spending on a U.S.-Mexico border wall.

It would be unconscionable to prioritize funding for an unnecessary construction project over hurricane relief aid for thousands of Americans. Do this for the thousands upon thousands of Texans you represent.

TARA COHEN, AUSTIN

Re: Sept. 6 article, “In Austin, ‘dreamers’ disappointed but determined after DACA rescinded.”

In Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “The King and I,” the king sings, “Is a puzzlement,” as he wonders about the world around him. Austinites may want to learn the same tune.

It’s puzzling how a beleaguered state attorney general somehow slips through loopholes of our legal system and lives another day to sue the president of the United States over the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. It is equally puzzling how the U.S. attorney general who announces the eventual end of DACA has been allowed to serve as attorney general when he lied, under oath, during congressional hearings.

Does the rule of law apply only to nonpoliticians? Do suspected law-breakers, still under legal scrutiny, continue to make laws — and do so with the legal system’s blessing? Is a puzzlement!

ALICE ADAMS, AUSTIN

I had to laugh after reading the comments from our Texas senators and representatives about the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals decision. What hypocrites! If they truly cared about the “rule of law,” they would have already voted to impeach Trump. How many laws must the Great Pretender break before they act?

PATRICIA HALLANDER, CEDAR PARK

Saturday and today, I was honored to spend hours volunteering to sort, lift, haul, stack and load literately thousands of supplies at the GTU Jet of Georgetown, which volunteered its hanger.

I worked with dozens of men, women and children of all races, backgrounds and beliefs. We unloaded trailers and stacked supplies. A couple brought supplies from Lakeway. A dad and his children showed up with two boxes of handmade sandwiches.

These folks showed the true love and concern of Texans for each other. Now is not the time for divisive politics when so many of our fellow Texans need help.

LES ROMO, GEORGETOWN

Fifteen states plan to sue over President Trump canceling an executive order by President Obama, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. How can you sue to keep an order that a president didn’t have the authority to write in the first place because it was unconstitutional?

Am I missing something here?

ROBERT LINDQUIST, GEORGETOWN



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