Letters to the editor: Sept. 16, 2017


Re: Sept. 6 article, “City food inspectors knocked for too-frequent breaks.”

While the headline and most of the article seem written to enrage people, crucial information is buried near the end: All inspectors completed required inspections. In addition, one inspector noted that the stress of the job requires destressing. Since the work may lead to fraught interactions when pointing out an establishment’s failings, that need is understandable.

The point of this audit and subsequent news coverage seems petty and intended to demean professionals simply doing their jobs. Frankly, it is sad that they did not receive backup from their supervisor. Had they not met their goals or took payoffs to look the other way, then that would have been a story.

Instead, they were simply going about their day much the way most employees on their own schedule do. Why not scrutinize hallway conversations or other behaviors tied to simply being a human in a setting with other humans?

SANDY MCMILLAN, AUSTIN

Re: Sept. 8 article, “Trump, Schumer agree to pursue plan to repeal the debt ceiling.”

Congress is raising the debt limit — again. They’ve done such a good job managing our money that they’ve run out of it – again. Now they want to be able to borrow even more.

How many of us would love to live on a credit card that, every time it gets maxed out, we just tell the bank to raise the credit limit knowing we have no intention of ever paying it back? And while we’re at it, being able to tell our boss that we’re going to get a raise and how much it will be whenever we decided — again.

Does anyone see what’s wrong with this picture?

PAUL MINSHEW, ROUND ROCK

Re: Sept. 10 article, “Trump backs Texas churches seeking FEMA aid.”

Houses of worship damaged by Harvey are asking for aid from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to rebuild. They say they just want “a fair shake.”

Well, maybe if they paid taxes on their properties, giving them dollars funded by taxpayers would be fair. But they don’t. They may provide some community services, but that’s part of their mission as determined by the congregations who supports them.

At the end of the day, millions of dollars in property taxes are lost to local communities because these institutions are exempt, an act that amounts to everyone else’s property taxes subsidizing them. It’s not exactly “a fair shake” to now demand direct payment of taxpayer dollars to rebuild the very properties that pay no taxes.

RONA DISTENFELD, AUSTIN

Re: Sept. 10 commentary, “United States, a land of liberty and justice for some.”

Leonard Pitts discussed his feelings of NFL players’ decisions to reject pregame ritual. Though I agree they can shun this ritual, I think it wise to stand, fake paying attention, play with passion and good sportsmanship, survive without injury, cash the generous paycheck, and pray for a long and successful career with all those benefits and fame.

I would hope they invest wisely, live to old age with good health, raise their children to enjoy their benefits and try to make a better world. Many have. Many have not. So goes life. On the other hand, please remember that business is business. Owners deserve to run their franchises as a business. The bottom line is the ultimate score to tally. There is always going to be something compromising our lives. That’s reality. There are plenty of fine athletes ready to sign that big contract.

MIKE EDGAR, AUSTIN

To Sens. John Cornyn and Ted Cruz, and Rep. Bill Flores:

It’s becoming a foregone conclusion that Trump will be impeached. The question is whether impeachment occurs after Dems take the House next year, or if someone in the GOP will show the courage to begin the process before then.

Why not be that hero? Trump doesn’t care about you, or conservatism, or the GOP. You have an opportunity to make history — saving the republic and possibly the world. What are you waiting for?

At the very least, as a first step, you must join Dems in censuring the president. If you can’t muster the courage for that, history will not look kindly upon you.

NOAH MASTERSON, AUSTIN

Re: Sept. 10 commentary, “Will Congress be stirred to action from its slumber?”

I cannot believe that George Will actually wrote the phrase “the exhilarating experience of Ronald Reagan’s presidency.”

Reagan tripled the national debt and was incoherent most of his second term, with who-knows running the country! Yes, he brought down the Berlin Wall, which was a totally ridiculous idea anyway and would have fallen by its own weight eventually. Much the same for the Trump wall with Mexico. So, what was exhilarating about Regan’s presidency?

RICHARD MILLER, WIMBERLEY



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