Letters to the editor: Jan. 15, 2017


Re: Jan. 4 article, “Roger Williams was probed by ethics office targeted by Republicans.”

U.S. Rep. Bill Flores complained — after he and fellow Republicans secretly voted to strip the Office of Congressional Ethics of its powers to investigate corruption among our nation’s most powerful politicians — that he was worried the big, bad OCE might one day come along and violate his constitutional rights. From reading his Twitter feed callously mocking the liberal “snowflakes” among his constituents who are concerned about the protection of civil rights under a Trump administration, I would not have guessed a Republican like Flores needed the shelter of an ethical “safe space” of his own in Congress to match an already “safe district.” I look forward to following the Statesman’s coverage of our unique and special congressman’s defense of Central Texans’ constitutional rights over his two-year term.

MIKE HENNESSEY, AUSTIN

During the recent election cycle, I tended to avoid watching any of the candidates speak. I preferred reading what the extremists said about each other — and then what moderates thought. However, I did tune in for a few moments to one of your debates with Hillary Clinton.

I caught you, Mr. Trump, saying that you wanted to lower corporate taxes to 15 percent from 30 percent. What puzzles me is the fact that after averaging in tax breaks, subsidies and loopholes, the average corporate tax rate is already at about 15 percent. So, if you lower the official corporate tax rate to 15 percent, how low will the real tax rate be?

No wonder Wall Street stocks started going up after Election Night. And now with a capital gains tax cut as a stocking stuffer, it seems that there really is a Santa Claus.

(Editor’s note: An earlier version of this letter, which included a production mistake, appeared in Thursday’s edition.)

ROANEY GILES, AUSTIN

Re: Jan. 5 article, “Lloyd Doggett says by federal law, universities don’t check immigration status of students.”

A fair reading of my recent immigration comments shows they accurately reflect federal law — our universities, like our public schools, are not routinely checking student immigration status. Educational leaders should not be and are not now required by federal law to be immigration police.

I commend Texas college leaders for speaking up for our Dreamers. Each of these young people has cleared a criminal background check, paid a fee, and is studying or working here in the only country that many of them have ever really known. They are already doing their part to make America great. And with their individual success they are addressing some of the key workforce needs that are helping to grow our economy.

I am hosting a DACA forum locally and seeking other ways to reduce fear and promote a bipartisan solution for 750,000 awaiting action across our country to make the dream a reality.

U.S. REP. LLOYD DOGGETT, AUSTIN

Re: Jan. 8 article, “Dawnna Dukes won’t quit House seat, DA Margaret Moore says.”

The Dawnna Dukes saga is like a bad dream from which we can’t wake, but kudos to the Statesman for covering it so well. Shame on every uninformed voter who cast their ballot for her despite her retirement announcement. Shame on the Texas Rangers and the Travis County district attorney’s office for taking so long to finish their investigations on what appear to be very simple, egregious ethics violations. And, last but not least, shame on Dukes for misleading the community. Let’s stop putting Dukes’ picture on the front page. It’s attention she craves — and it’s time to let her find it somewhere else.

DON STRATMANN, CEDAR PARK

I get tired of Gov. Abbott, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, Attorney General Ken Paxton and much of the Texas Legislature trying to stuff their religious ideology down everyone else’s throats. People have an option to dispose of fetal remains as they see fit. Have clergy of all religions been consulted? I had two miscarriages and never would have thought of taking the remains and burying them or cremating them. The amount of time and money spent on this kind of wasteful action does no one any good. Why is the fetus the only life that is sanctified in Texas? How about education, health insurance (expand Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act), clean water and clean air for the people who already living? Ask Texas women how they feel about Planned Parenthood. One in five women use Planned Parenthood during their lifetime. I did and got great care.

MICHELE MISSNER, AUSTIN



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