Letters to the editor: Sept. 20, 2017


Hillary Clinton’s new book “What Happened” is a how-to guide in playing the victim card. Clinton blames a plethora of individuals and organizations for her loss in the 2016 presidential election. How tiresome and unbecoming.

When Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush, Robert Dole, John McCain, Al Gore, John Kerry and Mitt Romney lost the race for the highest office in the land, they quietly stepped into the background. Carter threw himself into Habitat for Humanity. Kerry was eventually named secretary of state under Barack Obama. McCain continues as a senator.

Clinton’s petulant and whiny response does not set an example worth emulating by females aspiring to the office of the presidency in the future. She lost because she had no charisma, no energy, no humor and no message. If she had an ounce of wisdom, she’d roll up her pantsuit and volunteer at a soup kitchen.

JIM IRISH, BASTROP

Re: Sept. 9 commentary, “My eighth-graders know climatology better than congressmen.

Recently, you published an opinion editorial from an eighth-grade science teacher that attacks me and wrongly asserts a link between Hurricane Harvey and climate change. The article claims that Harvey was made worse by climate change. Despite what alarmists would want you to think, this type of destructive storm is uncommon. In fact, before last month, it had been years since a major hurricane made landfall in the United States.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the National Climate Assessment continue to express “low confidence” that these storms are increasing in frequency or intensity. It is unscientific to search for climate change signals in individual storms. Instead, scientists concerned with uncovering the truth know to examine trends over time. And what these scientists find is that hurricanes have not increased in number or intensity.

Sincerely,

U.S. REP. LAMAR SMITH

My congressman, Roger Williams is a car dealer. He and other dealers like him sell cars to the estimated 800,000 so-called Dreamers protected under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. That can be a lot of cars. And I’ve seen estimates that peg the cost of deportation for all those dreamers at upward of $6 billion. That’s a lot of money.

It’s not just car dealers but all businesses that will suffer if DACA is ended. For economic reasons alone, it doesn’t make sense to spend the time and money to rid the country of all those dreamers, many of whom are productive members of society. I’m sure Williams would like to keep selling as many cars as he can — and I’m sure our country will be better off if we don’t kick all 800,000 of those young people out of the country. So, please, Mr. Williams — let’s make DACA work.

KEN PFLUGER, AUSTIN

Yes, our government is big and expensive. But unless you’re a billionaire, you need our government’s assistance at some point in your life — and you love it when you get help.

Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, the GI Bill and guaranteed student loans are among many beneficial programs were delivered by Democrats. Republicans rarely assist the people, preferring to cut programs to reduce the tax “burden” on billionaires while neglecting real American needs.

Government tackles the enormous projects Big Business won’t and can’t do. We need these programs. We fail without them. We citizens pool our resources to build roads, schools, provide for our safety. The government is ours.

As climate change advances, the government will have to fund unimaginably difficult projects like mega-storm cleanup and buying out homeowners whose property is forever underwater as oceans rise. Without our government, our country ceases to be — and only billionaires can afford to survive what’s coming.

KATHY KIDD, AUSTIN



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