Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor: July 17, 2018

Letters to the editor: July 17, 2018

Re: July 8 commentary, “If Texas won’t give sick leave, at least let Austin do it.” If paid sick leave was really about protecting income of workers, that would be one thing. Instead, the ordinance is about providing anyone who works, whether full- or part-time, paid time off. Should a small business be required to pay a part-time high school student money to miss work whether he...
Letters to the editor: July 16, 2018

Letters to the editor: July 16, 2018

I think we should have a city law — a state or national law would be even better — that says every business must have its address number posted where it is easily visible from the street. This is apparently already a requirement for residences, since they are usually easy to find. I am often frustrated in trying to find what block I am driving past because buildings do not have visible...
Letters to the editor: July 15, 2018

Letters to the editor: July 15, 2018

I am urging my elected officials to address the withholding of $10.4 billion in risk-adjustment payments required by the Affordable Care Act. Any increase in the health insurance premiums and co-pays for my family will be catastrophic. My husband and I, along with nearly half of Americans, struggle with chronic disease. Nearly 70 percent of deaths each year are due to chronic disease. While I am no...
Letters to the editor: July 14, 2018

Letters to the editor: July 14, 2018

Re: July 9 article, “Central Texas suspensions of young students raise concerns.” So, those who advocate banning suspension of misbehaving kids in second grade and under, for most situations, “warned that suspensions caused students to fall behind in their classwork, to be disciplined more in the long run and to be ostracized by their peers.” Someone doesn’t understand...
Letters to the editor: July 13, 2018

Letters to the editor: July 13, 2018

From early New England colonies’ town hall meetings, where most citizens attended to decide what was best for their community, now we locals know what is best for our locality. If our City Council votes support for sanctuary, a Texas Legislature that votes otherwise for our city is just wrong. If a community through its City Council votes to ban plastic bags, that ordinance counts for more than...
Letters to the editor: July 12, 2018

Letters to the editor: July 12, 2018

Re: July 2 commentary, “Two Views: Ruling helps fight Austin’s restrictive STR ordinance.” Texas courts may have said “[t]he right of individuals to use their own property as they wish remains one of the most fundamental rights that individual property owners possess,” but that is clearly not true. Federal courts have consistently upheld restrictions on use of property...
Letters to the editor: July 11, 2018

Letters to the editor: July 11, 2018

Unfortunately, many Americans abhor our president, who is perceived as not caring about anything other than himself. Now is his final chance to “Make America Great Again.” He can do this simply by nominating a moderate Republican judge or a truly high-quality, middle-of-the-road and highly respected justice to fill the open slot on the Supreme Court. This would show that he truly wants...
Letters to the editor: July 10, 2018

Letters to the editor: July 10, 2018

Everyone wants affordability, but saying that CodeNext will lead to affordability is lying to the public. From Nashville to Portland, cities are endeavoring to accommodate new residents, keep housing prices down and maintain the charm that draws people to the area. It can’t be done. As Austin remains attractive to businesses and outsiders, people will move here — and prices and congestion...
Letters to the editor: July 9, 2018

Letters to the editor: July 9, 2018

Re: July 1 article, “On July 4, this Austinite will try to eat as many hot dogs as possible.” Hot-dog-eating contests? Corn-dog eating-contests? You get the picture. What a complete waste of food that could be going to feed more deserving people, like the homeless. Why let a few people brag about eating 20, 30, 40 dogs a piece, when those 40 dogs could feed 40 people — and more?...
Letters to the editor: July 8, 2018

Letters to the editor: July 8, 2018

Re: June 30 commentary, “How paid sick leave ordinance will hurt Texas economy.” I had to laugh when I read Sen. Donna Campbell’s column. Campbell states: “It is not the role of government to involve itself in the day-to-day operations of private businesses.” Where was that hands-off policy when bathroom use was the topic? Campbell was right on the front line of that...
Letters to the Sports Editor

Letters to the Sports Editor

Isn’t it in Kawhi’s best interest to stay in SA? Re: “Spurs can’t risk getting zero for Kawhi,” July 3 Cedric Golden is a fine columnist and human being, evidenced by his body of work in Austin, but why in the wide, wide world of sports does he think Kawhi Leonard would be traded to a team in the Western Conference? The Spurs organization is transparent to a fault. Take...

Letters to the editor: July 7, 2018

Re: June 29 article, “Texas lawmakers weigh bolstering school security, mental health.” Everyone wants students, teachers and all other school personnel to learn and work in a safe environment. That may indeed call for “school resource officers” to monitor the campus and prevent dangerous situations from escalating. Reading this article, I was struck by a comment from the Granger...
Letters to the editor: July 6, 2018

Letters to the editor: July 6, 2018

Re: June 28 commentary, “Court’s plastic bag ban ruling creates a mess for cities and June 22 article, “City bag bans violate state law, Texas Supreme Court rules.” Consumers and socially responsible businesses can still promote green practices despite the state’s effort to promote pollution. H-E-B was first to comply with the Austin ordinance — and it can continue...
Letters to the editor: July 5, 2018

Letters to the editor: July 5, 2018

Re: June 27 article, “Mayor encouraged about Austin’s MLS shot after council session.” Unfortunately, the discussion of locating the soccer stadium at McKalla Place does not consider the long-term environmental impact of using the land for a stadium as opposed to using it for housing. A stadium there would only be used a few times a year. Housing there would be close to the Domain...
Letters to the editor: July 4, 2018

Letters to the editor: July 4, 2018

I have recently been hearing about how the governor is trying to get more counselors in schools as part of the effort to help decrease mass shootings — but what about school social workers? Social workers were once very commonplace in Texas schools. It’s time to get them back in schools, because they can help just as much as counselors in decreasing violence, addressing mental health issues...

Letters to the editor: July 3, 2018

I see there are 2,646 officers and support personnel of the Austin Police Department. Two of the best must be Sarah Foster and Doug Broadwater. On June 23, my wife and I had a blowout on Texas 71 at the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport exit. Cars were zooming by at seemingly Indy 500 speeds — it’s a very dangerous spot. Foster and Broadwater pulled behind us with their cars to protect...
Letters to the editor: July 2, 2018

Letters to the editor: July 2, 2018

Prior to the last presidential election, Democrats tried to disparage Republicans by castigating them and accusing them of being the elite and the disgusting “rich” in our midst. After President Trump won the election, they have changed their tune, and now Republicans — Trump voters — are the uneducated ignorant working class who elected him citizen president. As for myself...
Letters to the editor: July 1, 2018

Letters to the editor: July 1, 2018

Re: June 16 article, “Big Ass Fans founder buys Lance Armstrong’s Austin home.” The American-Statesman recently reported the sale of Lance Armstrong’s Old Enfield neighborhood home. This article reminded us — once again — of the continuing inequities in our property tax system. The home was listed for sale at $7.5 million, but was appraised and paying taxes on a...
Letters to the editor: June 30, 2018

Letters to the editor: June 30, 2018

I am extremely horrified that our elected officials are allowing Texas to be used by the Trump administration to be a hotbed of anti-immigration sentiment. They are dividing Texans on this issue and speaking about immigrants as insects, essentially dehumanizing them and taking their children from them. This is not the Texas way. I want Sens. John Cornyn and Ted Cruz and Rep. Roger Williams to represent...
Letters to the editor: June 29, 2018

Letters to the editor: June 29, 2018

Re: June 25 article, “Gun-makers cite banks as new threat to rights.” Gary Ramsey, whose business manufactures handcrafted guns, feels that companies that choose not to process payments of his credit card sales violate his rights. His cause is supported by the legal counsel for Gun Owners of America, who said, “If a few banks say ‘No’ … all of a sudden the industry...
Letters to the editor: June 28, 2018

Letters to the editor: June 28, 2018

Re: June 22 letter to the editor, “Army command site is bad fit for Austin.” Austin was home to Bergstrom Air Force Base for many years, housing B-52s, B-47s and F-4s. There were Nike Hercules nuclear missile sites in Austin during the Cold War. Our class visited one on a field trip in the fifth grade. I personally witnessed two Nikes being hauled into Austin down Balcones Drive on Air...

Letters to the Sports Editor

This Spurs, Kawhi mess can be fixed easily Born and raised in San Antonio, moved to Austin in 1970. Spurs fan for life. The whole team should be ashamed of itself starting with Tony Parker for even hinting that Kawhi Leonard’s injury was not real. This insult to this wonderful man infuriates every Spurs fan in the world. I would feel the same way after year after year of busting buttocks for...

Letters to the editor: June 27, 2018

Several questions arose after reading about the mayor and Austin City Council members visiting Tornillo: • Since the mayor and Austin City Council have no authority in Tornillo, what was the reason for their visit? • Were they on annual leave or were they on taxpayers’ time and tax dollars? • How was the information they wanted to receive to be used in the management of the city...
Letters to the editor: June 26 2018

Letters to the editor: June 26 2018

Re: June 22 article, “City bag bans violate state law, Texas Supreme Court rules.” Since our Republican-led state has such a problem with local governments representing — of all people — local constituents, why not just abolish all local governments and have direct rule from the Imperial Government of Texas? Let’s just let Gov. Greg Abbott replace all our local elected...
Letters to the editor: June 25, 2018

Letters to the editor: June 25, 2018

The Austin City Council voting on CodeNext dishonors the act of voting, the 2012 council vote for Imagine Austin and the individuals who sacrificed for voting rights and our form of government — veterans, first responders and citizens. It’s time to stop the process, otherwise the city’s goals set forth in Imagine Austin will go unfulfilled. CodeNext’s goals include promoting...
Letters to the editor: June 24, 2018

Letters to the editor: June 24, 2018

I don’t believe Austin will ever get a major league sports team. The people who run the city either don’t want a team, or choose to make it impossible for a team to come here. While I don’t have a dog in this hunt — as I have never attended a soccer game — it seems the team from Columbus is being mistreated. Austin is now the 11th-largest city in America. It has a greater...
Letters to the editor: June 23, 2018

Letters to the editor: June 23, 2018

Greater Austin’s population will double, whether we like it or not. If we don’t densify the city’s core, we “sprawlify” the countryside: the Blackland Prairie, the Hill Country and the aquifer contributing zone. Take your choice. It is so much cheaper to add population where we already have the infrastructure — streets, pipelines, transit — than to build infrastructure...
Letters to the editor: June 22, 2018

Letters to the editor: June 22, 2018

Re: June 16 article, “Austin among final 5 candidates for Army’s high-tech Futures Command site.” Austin is known for being a progressive, open, creative, peace-loving city. It is not forward-thinking to consider placing an Army Futures Command center here. Let Austin’s innovative talent in medical, engineering and academic fields continue to address the civic and global challenges...
Letters to the editor: June 21, 2018

Letters to the editor: June 21, 2018

Re: June 16 article, “Owner’s plan for Lake Austin site: elevator tower, restaurant, marina.” The proposal by the developer is vastly inferior to the 1986 approved plan for the property that included up to 64 single family homes. The developer is wanting a change that will create a commercial and residential development that will add about 300,000 square feet of commercial development...

Letters to the Sports Editor

What Kody Clemens did was right, not wrong Re: “Clemens, Pierce both showed a lot of class,” June 14 Apparently this letter writer is not aware of what provoked Kody Clements to flash the “Hook ’em, Horns” sign to the Tennessee Tech dugout. Before the first game between the two teams, Tech players were flashing the downward Horns sign to UT’s players. Furthermore...
Letters to the editor: June 20, 2018

Letters to the editor: June 20, 2018

The policy that results in the separation of minors from their parents for no other reason than that the parents brought their children with them across the border into the United States to seek asylum is morally repugnant and reprehensible. It must be rescinded immediately — and those parents and minors separated must be reunited as soon as that can be reasonably accomplished. Such a cruel...
Letters to the editor: June 19, 2018

Letters to the editor: June 19, 2018

Re: June 14 article, “Willie Nelson on immigrant separation at the border: ‘Christians everywhere should be up in arms.’” A Christian follows the law. You may not like the law. You cannot choose which laws you follow. If everyone did that, we would have anarchy. You should work to change laws and policies you don’t agree with, not ignore those laws. It is well-known to...
Letters to the editor: June 18, 2018

Letters to the editor: June 18, 2018

I’ve read stories about babies being torn from their mothers while breastfeeding — and children being taken away to bathe, never to return. I read of a father who hanged himself after being separated from his wife and three-year-old. Sens. John Cornyn and Ted Cruz, and Rep. John Carter all claim to be Christians. They claim to represent family values. Do they really think that separating...
Letters to the editor: June 17, 2018

Letters to the editor: June 17, 2018

Father’s Day for me is sweet and bitter. I soak up the love and appreciation, the hugs and treats. But I also feel the father’s duty to protect my daughters from harm. We fathers are rapidly losing control over that. I feel for the California fathers whose children’s homes burned in wildfires last year. I feel for the Puerto Rican fathers who couldn’t save the thousands of...
Letters to the editor: June 16, 2018

Letters to the editor: June 16, 2018

The plight of the American teacher is all too real and affects our community. It’s been said the era of the lifelong teacher is over, and a career in the classroom is becoming unsustainable. Salary aside, the real scourge is a lack of respect and appreciation for those who choose to serve our communities children. All too often, principals, parents and students fail to recognize the sacrifices...
Letters to the editor: June 15, 2018

Letters to the editor: June 15, 2018

Re: June 11 article, “Adventure Girls inject excitement into everyday life.” I applaud Pam LeBlanc for encouraging all of us to live an active life. But I cringed when I saw the photo of the Adventure Girls jumping off a cliff in May at Pace Bend Park on Lake Travis. I always caution friends and family about jumping into Lake Travis. There are jagged rocks and other hazards below the water&rsquo...

Letters to the Sports Editor

Clemens, Pierce both showed a lack of class I have been watching the college baseball super regionals and to say I was disappointed at the lack of class of Kody Clemens and his coach is an understatement. I can see some cocky, arrogant kid doing something stupid, but for the coach to condone it is unacceptable. Clemens’ actions against A&M and Tennessee Tech were a disgrace. Texas’ head...
Letters to the editor: June 4, 2018

Letters to the editor: June 4, 2018

Re: June 10 commentary, “We’re still missing the full score on McKalla soccer stadium.” The Austin City Council needs to put the brakes on Precourt Sports Ventures’ demand for an end-of-June decision on building a soccer stadium at McKalla Place. One should never trust someone who sets an unrealistic deadline to pressure you into accepting a deal before all, or at least most...
Letters to the editor: June 13, 2018

Letters to the editor: June 13, 2018

Re: June 8 letter to the editor, “Re: June 8 letter to the editor, “Plenty done for minorities. Stand.” I’m getting straight to the point: Saying “If you don’t love our country, then leave” is the same old racist rant from racists. This country is not yours; it is all of America’s, even those who it discriminated against in the past — and still...
Letters to the editor: June 12, 2018

Letters to the editor: June 12, 2018

It seems we want to honor our Confederate forefathers but are uncomfortable acknowledging why they fought. Should you feel guilty about slavery? Of course not. You never owned slaves. But you should be aware of the effects of slavery that persist. Consider accumulated family wealth. The G.I. bill enabled soldiers to buy homes, but banks refused to grant loans to blacks. Then, there is the wealth accumulated...

Letters to the editor: June 11, 2018

I am concerned about how we and the media are being manipulated into listening to the rhetoric that keeps coming out of the White House. Rather than looking at the daily minutia, I wish we would all look at the macro issue we have been witnessing. We have a leader showing no regard for the truth — and a pattern of written and verbal disrespect for just about anyone and anything. We still don&rsquo...
Letters to the editor: June 10, 2018

Letters to the editor: June 10, 2018

Re: June 6 commentary, “What 1984 could teach us about CodeNext.” This article is one of the most honest critiques of CodeNext that I have read. As an Austin native, I have seen many mayors and City Councils come and go. We used to trust and have confidence in our mayor and council to be open, fully informed on issues, communicate all the information and to look out for the best interests...
Letters to the editor: June 9, 2018

Letters to the editor: June 9, 2018

Picture this: Starting in kindergarten, children learning skills of citizenship, such as civil communication, tolerance for others’ beliefs, nonviolent conflict resolution and “good citizen” practices — voting, financial responsibility, building community. Currently, middle-school students who did poorly on the STAAR test in math, for example, must take two periods until they...
Letters to the editor: June 8, 2018

Letters to the editor: June 8, 2018

I’m stunned when I see the next — and the next — wrongful shooting by police when customary justification is “it looked like he had a gun in his hand.” I’m equally appalled we have NFL football players taking a knee in disrespect to our flag and what it represents. As a war veteran, it is disturbing to see people — including our president — who have...
Letters to the editor: June 7, 2018

Letters to the editor: June 7, 2018

Re: June 1 commentary, “David Brooks: Educated elite lost touch with sense of community.” David Brooks has me wondering, once again, why anyone pays him so much to think so little. He blames President Trump, rabid partisanship, and what he sees as the decline of decent society on – of all things — a turn toward meritocracy and equal rights for those who aren’t white,...
Letters to the editor: June 6, 2018

Letters to the editor: June 6, 2018

Witch hunts never end well. The Salem witch hangings and the McCarthy hearings are grim examples. Now, our scapegoats are darker-skinned refugees fleeing their deadly homelands. We just murdered a tiny, unarmed, Mayan woman named Claudia Patricia Gomez González. She hoped to find work. For this, a Border Patrol officer shot her through the head. Ironically, her ancestors were here for thousands...
Letters to the editor: June 5, 2018

Letters to the editor: June 5, 2018

Re: May 30 article, “Study: Maria’s toll is in the thousands” It has been more than eight months since Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico and knocked down electricity and infrastructure. Six months’ worth of rain fell in four days. It tore off roofs from many buildings, including hospitals. The Harvard study’s estimate of 4,645 deaths is shocking and distressing....
Letters to the editor: June 4, 2018

Letters to the editor: June 4, 2018

Everyone wants to take guns away or change laws to stop school shootings. Maybe we need to have our kids see other kids as human and get off all our media devices. Kids would rather be on media than with the one in front of them. I would also like to know why all government offices have everyone behind locked doors, but not our kids. Their lives are just as valuable. THERESA STILIES, LEANDER One fact...
Letters to the editor: June 3, 2018

Letters to the editor: June 3, 2018

Re: May 24 commentary, “Everyone should be less afraid of the STAAR test … because it gets results.” We’ve been subjecting our children to high-stakes, punitive testing for decades and the achievement gap is as persistent as ever. Instead, these are the unintended results: the narrowing of the curriculum for students in high-poverty elementary schools, where social studies...
Letters to the editor: June 1, 2018

Letters to the editor: June 1, 2018

Re: May 23 commentary, “To fix property tax problem, start with appraisal boards.” Rahul Patel is absolutely correct about the failures of the property tax system in this state. My husband and I disputed our evaluation one year and found, to our dismay, that the gentlemen on the board had no real estate appraisal training, no information regarding the property and seemingly just put a...
Letters to the editor: May 31, 2018

Letters to the editor: May 31, 2018

Re: May 24 article, “Lawsuit: GOP judge fired secretary for anti-Trump Facebook posts.” I fear that our current environment is degrading the basis of our democracy. Reminiscent of the 1930s in Germany, having opinions diverse from our government leaders is becoming cause for punishment (see “Lawsuit: GOP judge fired secretary for anti-Trump Facebook posts.”). If the employee...
Letters to the editor: May 30, 2018

Letters to the editor: May 30, 2018

Re: May 24 commentary, “I got arrested for standing up against poverty.” Kudos to Mark McKim for his excellent editorial on the current Poor People’s Campaign — and for highlighting the economic injustices that make it pressingly relevant today. I’m proud to say that I went to the original Poor People’s Campaign 50 years ago in 1968. I was a junior in high school...
Letters to the editor: May 29, 2018

Letters to the editor: May 29, 2018

To: Congress Please act now. Our students and teachers are literally under attack on so many levels. I believe that our schools should be funded per pupil at the national average. If you value knowledge and believe that your teachers should be compensated for longevity and advanced degrees, then positive changes need to be made. As for safety in our schools, we need to act now to get down to facts...
Letters to the editor: May 28, 2018

Letters to the editor: May 28, 2018

My idea to improve our children’s safety is to install two stage doors on all primary or unlocked entrances. The outer door, or immediately inside outer door, is equipped with a metal detection system. If triggered, the inner door would immediately automatically lock, as well as the outer door, trapping the person between the two doors. It is a simple solution and cost effective. STEVE RILEY...
Letters to the editor: May 27, 2018

Letters to the editor: May 27, 2018

Why do we consistently elect poorly prepared, privileged and disconnected trustees into positions where they end up way over their heads and quit instead of fulfilling their responsibilities to the Austin ISD community, parents, students, taxpayers and constituents? The texts released were only one side of a conversation that showed one person’s arrogant, racist, self-righteous, savior thoughts...
Letters to the editor: May 26, 2018

Letters to the editor: May 26, 2018

When Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick said we live in “a violent culture where we devalue life,” he neglected to take responsibility for his role in dehumanizing his fellow Texans. He obsessively promoted the bathroom bill, which unnecessarily violated the privacy of schoolchildren. He fights to destroy public education, a building block of our democracy. His answer to Texas’ high maternal mortality...
Letterst to the editor: May 25, 2018

Letterst to the editor: May 25, 2018

Re: May 21 letter to the editor, “Carbon tax would help planet, get us on bikes.” You advocate for expensive gas to force everyone to bike to work. What about those who travel from client to client all over Central Texas? Without a car, I couldn’t earn a living — and if you make gas unaffordable, I won’t be able to afford to work. What about people who drop their kids...
Letters to the editor: May 24, 2018

Letters to the editor: May 24, 2018

Re: May 19 article, “What’s the best sunscreen? We put more than 20 to the test.” The article failed to emphasize that no matter how good the product, sunscreen is ineffective if not applied correctly. I swim outdoors year-round and know from firsthand experience and close observation that most pool visitors apply sunscreen incorrectly. Products applied poolside immediately prior...
Letters to the editor: May 23, 2018

Letters to the editor: May 23, 2018

Dear fellow baby boomers, The recent news about the lowest U.S. birth rate since 1987 should give us all pause. Those of us who get Social Security now, or plan to soon, should realize that we need workers to pay Social Security taxes into our Social Security retirement fund to keep it financially viable. And we will need those funds sooner than the 20 years it will take for the new generation to...
Letters to the editor: May 22, 2018

Letters to the editor: May 22, 2018

Re: May 19 article, “Abbott calls for immediate talks to find ways to end mass shootings.” Another school, another slaughter of those whom every human being and every society should hold most dear: our children. Another slaughter, another round of moral posing, political posturing, and empty calls for solutions by our politicians. Clearly the causes of this problem are complex, but effective...

Letters to the editor: May 21, 2018

Breakthrough! Refreshing news: President Trump’s lead lawyer says he wanted to have “the Hillary Clinton treatment” for the president. What a breakthrough for transparency. Clinton was treated to 11-plus hours of testimony to Congress, her files and servers turned over to the FBI, and Republican leaders asked the Justice Department to open a criminal investigation. It is just terrific...

Letters to the Sports Editor

Safe bet: State won’t offer gambling Re: “Texas needs to be in on gambling,” May 16. Kirk Bohls makes a number of very convincing and persuasive arguments as to why the state of Texas should consider allowing its citizens to legally gamble on sporting events. He astutely points out that the not-insignificant financial rewards to the state could be used for a variety of civic-minded...

Letters to the editor: May 20, 2018

Re: May 5 article, “Charter amendments could bring significant shifts in Austin governance.” You may have read in the American-Statesman that some underutilized fussbudgets on the Charter Review Commission are contemplating having a yet-to-be-named agency sending $100 vouchers to all registered voters to distribute in $50 increments to their candidates of choice for council and mayor....
Letters to the editor: May 19, 2018

Letters to the editor: May 19, 2018

Re: May 16 article, “Texas sues national drug maker for ‘deceptive’ opioid practices.” I see that Attorney General Ken Paxton is filing a lawsuit against Purdue Pharma for worsening the opioid crisis among Texans — for placing corporate profits over the well-being of people’s health. Good. I’m surprised that Paxton is interested in people; I thought his job...
Letters to the editor: May 18, 2018

Letters to the editor: May 18, 2018

Re: May 13 commentary, “MLS can win Austin’s heart with the right deal.” In response to your editorial about Major League Soccer moving to Austin: We don’t need bragging rights — and while the American-Statesman’s editorial board may know that MLS is a good fit for Austin, we citizens don’t necessarily know that or believe that. The biggest question is not...
Letters to the editor: May 17, 2018

Letters to the editor: May 17, 2018

Texas does most things right, but car titling, registration, inspections and issuing drivers’ licenses is certainly not one of them. When I lived in New Jersey, you could walk in with your previous state’s documents and walk out with your car inspected for free, your new license, registration and car title. One-stop shop. The fact that we must go three separate places — inspection...
Letters to the editor: May 16, 2018

Letters to the editor: May 16, 2018

Re: May 12 commentary, “CapMetro uses traffic woes to disguise its bad ideas.” Gerald Daugherty’s analysis of Cap Metro is the best I have ever read. We need more — many more — like him. My thanks to Daugherty and those who put him in office. Rail is a 19th-century mass transit solution. It wasn’t bad when there was no highway system and virtually no one had an...
Letters to the editor: May 15, 2018

Letters to the editor: May 15, 2018

Re: May 11 article, “On-duty police pack court as jury sentences man who shot SWAT officer.” I am a police supporter and support Interim Austin Police Chief Manley, with no sympathy for Tyler Harrell. But allowing police officers on duty, in uniform, to attend the sentencing phase of the Harrell trial en masse was a mistake I hope will not happen again. The judge should not have overruled...
Letters to the editor: May 14, 2018

Letters to the editor: May 14, 2018

Re: May 10 article, “Up to 35 days of 100-degree heat this summer in Austin area, LCRA says.” I’m losing sleep. What will I face if I stay in Central Texas in the coming decades? Despite warming trends and projections of increasing numbers of triple-digit heat, rampant development surrounds me in Dripping Springs and in western Travis County. I wonder how we will supply water to...
Letters to the editor: May 13, 2018

Letters to the editor: May 13, 2018

Re: May 9 article, “Central Texas members of Congress react to U.S. abandoning Iran deal.” This article quoted Sens. John Cornyn and Ted Cruz, and also Reps. Michael McCaul, Lamar Smith, Roger Williams, John Carter and Bill Flores as supporting President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal. I suggest this is not the time to simply applaud everything our president...
Letters to the editor: May 12, 2018

Letters to the editor: May 12, 2018

I am fearful that the folks involved with the Austin Strategic Mobility Plan are as bad at designing roads as they are at designing a public survey. I found their survey at asmp.metroquest.com to be extremely marginalized and horribly biased. It makes me think they are working in a very narrow window of options — more bike lanes, for example — and missing the bigger picture of the need...
Letter: Allen qualified, experienced for Pct. 1 Justice of the Peace

Letter: Allen qualified, experienced for Pct. 1 Justice of the Peace

I am writing to personally endorse Cindy Allen for Justice of the Peace Precinct 1. Cindy is very professional and shows no partisanship. She is very active in our community where you will see her volunteering her time at multiple events. She is a business owner in our community with a solid work ethic. Cindy is honest, intelligent and experienced. If you care about justice regardless of your political...
Letters to the editor: May 11, 2018

Letters to the editor: May 11, 2018

Re: May 7article, “Emotions high as residents weigh fighting East Austin gentrification.” Events in East Austin mirror the gentrification of Clarksville back in the 1960s and ’70s. The mostly minority Clarksville residents were overrun and run out by opportunistic real estate brokers and developers. Rutted and potholed streets were repaired and paved as monied, nonminorities started...
Letters to the editor: May 10, 2018

Letters to the editor: May 10, 2018

Re: May 6 commentary, “Continue with CodeNext — or try to freeze Austin in amber.” The author says that young people are not interested in “owning cars, large houses, big yards and the acquisition of stuff.” Let’s say for the sake of civil conversation that this is true. But as the headline suggests, her support of CodeNext would have us freeze these young people...
Letters to the editor: May 9, 2018

Letters to the editor: May 9, 2018

Re: May 6 commentaries, “What to do about black worshippers leaving white churches” and “Dear Senator: Equating you with Trump not a large leap.” Professor Chad Seales makes some very good points regarding the history of practical exclusion of blacks from white religious institutions. The polemical wrap-up of the column brings us up to date on racism in America. Remarks by...
Letters to the editor: May 8, 2018

Letters to the editor: May 8, 2018

Re: May 2 commentary, “Bomber’s confession tests police pledge of transparency.” Alberta Phillips makes a very good point that the press should not publicize the name of mass shooters and avoid showing pictures of them, but then she wants his confession to be released? Why would the police release what the bomber obviously wanted the public to hear? That would give him the publicity...
Letters to the editor: May 7, 2018

Letters to the editor: May 7, 2018

State legislators constantly use the mantra, “We need to do it for the children.” A prime example is last year’s Texas legislative debacle with the “bathroom bill.” Dan Patrick pushed this issue all the time saying, we need to protect the children. Teachers’ raises and school funding took second or third stage in any discussion. Now, arming teachers will be the...
Letters to the editor: May 6, 2018

Letters to the editor: May 6, 2018

I lived on Jeff Davis Avenue during my teens and knew people living on Robert E. Lee Road. Several Austin high school students stated school names were never an issue and were content with the status quo. The students felt that due to current racial implications applied to some schools, they understood changes were needed. It wasn’t until KKK zealots and hate groups and their defenders started...
Letters to the editor: May 5, 2018

Letters to the editor: May 5, 2018

Re: April 27 letter to the editor, “Paper ballots not immune from hacks.” Hamilton Richards, you are right: I was misquoted in the “By 2020, Travis to have new vote setup” article. Our new voting system will contain a paper audit trail for the voter to use in order to ensure that the selections they make on the electronic marking device match their intent. That piece of paper...
Letters to the editor: May 4, 2018

Letters to the editor: May 4, 2018

Mayor Steve Adler says to end homelessness, we must expand the Convention Center, employ minimum wage workers, create low-income housing and a permanent funding stream — brilliant! Nationwide, the epicenter cause of homelessness is the federal government. Between 1997 and 2007, the federal minimum wage was not raised a penny. Also, during the Reagan administration, funding for the nation&rsquo...
Letters to the editor: May 3, 2018

Letters to the editor: May 3, 2018

Holy guacamole! Call the pope, as we’ve witnessed a miracle: Our new city manager actually listened to the people and is going to make our assistant chief the chief of police. Who knows, maybe our City Council can start listening to the people about our voices on other issues? I am referring to natives like our new chief, as well as us who are being forced out of Austin due to taxes. GREG MONROE...

Letters to the editor: May 2, 2018

Re: April 29 article, “Is Austin training police to be too aggressive? 10 ex-cadets say yes.” The article was quite interesting. Let’s face it, in the real world an average police officer spends 90 percent of their time as a guardian and maybe 10 percent as a warrior, though they may wish us to think otherwise. Therefore, training should reflect this. However, my main concern is...

Letters to the Sports Editor

Poking fun at Bradford’s injuries? Not funny Re: “Staubach weighs in with thumbs-up on Mayfield,” April 30 Good morning. Couldn’t help but notice the line “Sam Bradford will temporarily hold the Arizona job until his next injury” in your article this morning. Really? Could you be a snarkier jerk (could think of other names)? I’m not a big Sam Bradford fan...

Letters to the editor: May 1, 2018

I’m writing to express my concern regarding the recent increase of individuals experiencing homelessness in Austin. Each year, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development enforces communities across the nation to conduct an annual census count of all individuals experiencing homelessness, called the Point in Time Count. The Ending Community Homelessness Coalition has reported that the...

Letters to the editor: April 30, 2018

The U.S. justifies strict immigration policies by blaming immigrants for lost jobs and violence. However, the U.S. fails to see its own role in the historical context as a major contributor to immigration problems today. U.S. policies and military interventions have led to economic strife and violence around the world, with people migrating to the U.S. for job opportunities and safety. Instead of...
Letters to the editor: April 29, 2018

Letters to the editor: April 29, 2018

Re: April 24 article, “The purpose of environmental laws.” Thank you for the new “explainer” feature in the paper. The purpose of environmental laws seems obvious to me. But, it is now necessary to remind younger generations and antiregulation crowds about the important progress made thus far. Now, if only our state leaders would get on board to support local city ordinances...
Letters to the editor: April 28, 2018

Letters to the editor: April 28, 2018

The League of Women Voters Austin Area appreciates the Statesman’s coverage of the Austin Charter Review Commission proposal for an Independent Ethics Commission. We encourage its inclusion on the November ballot. The proposed Independent Ethics Commission is similar to the Independent Citizen Redistricting Commission, successfully overseeing the transition to single-member council districts...
Letters to the editor: April 27, 2018

Letters to the editor: April 27, 2018

Re: April 22 article, “By 2020, Travis to have new vote setup.” A recent article attributes to County Clerk Dana DeBeauvoir the statement that, “the paper slip voters can take away from the polls with a record of how they voted is important to each voter.” One can only hope that DeBeauvoir, one of the savviest of county clerks, was misquoted. Surely, she understands that giving...
Letters to the editor: April 26, 2018

Letters to the editor: April 26, 2018

Re: April 23 letter to the editor, “Mafia? Comey flatters Trump.” I’ve stood blithely by while insults are hurled back and forth between opposing political and social factions without ever saying or writing a word of protest. But now one of your readers has gone too far. As co-captain of the Hooligan golf group in Georgetown, I must stand up and vehemently protest the reader&rsquo...
Letters to the editor: April 25, 2018

Letters to the editor: April 25, 2018

Every time I endeavor to enter MoPac Boulevard at Enfield Road going south during the afternoon-evening rush “hour,” I feel screwed yet again. The backup of traffic from downtown at the southbound Winsted Lane entry ramp causes at least a 15- to 25-minute wait to enter the horribly backed-up freeway. In the meantime, those few drivers who can afford the $5 or greater charge for the express...
Letters to the editor: April 24, 2018

Letters to the editor: April 24, 2018

Re: April 22 commentary, “Castillo: Why the ‘hyphenated Americanism’ comment triggered outrage.” The creator of the saying “the law is what the judges say it is” might also have agreed that it is what five judges say it is — until five judges change their minds. So it is with history. The struggle to integrate Mexican-American Studies into Texas high schools...
Letters to the editor: April 23, 2018

Letters to the editor: April 23, 2018

I know this is the wrong media to reach the audience that I want to hear this, but here it goes. Students, let me tell you that what you say does not matter! You are not putting your efforts to good use. Politicians do not care what you have to say. You do not contribute to their campaigns, you do not have any lobbyist in your back pocket, and most importantly, you don’t vote. Those of you who...
Letters to the editor: April 22, 2018

Letters to the editor: April 22, 2018

Re: April 22 article, “Study finds serious shortcomings in Travis County indigent defense.” Most don’t know that Travis County has no public defender’s office for adults, like other Texas metropolises. Sarah Eckhardt is right that we must revisit how we provide representation for poor people charged with crimes. Right to counsel is a bedrock of our legal system. Yet, as the...
Letters to the editor: April 21, 2018

Letters to the editor: April 21, 2018

Re: April 19 commentary, “First step in fixing Austin Energy’s customer service: ‘We have to really revisit empathy.’” Unfortunately, what Austin Energy is doing is nothing but marketing. I recently received the same runaround for a crazy high electric bill for a vacant home. Our bill jumped from $27 to what would have been over $900 had the increase been for an entire...

Letters to the editor: April 20, 2018

Re: April 18 article, “Fans turn on political Pop.” Don’t let the screen door bang on the way out if you turn your back on your team because of politics. Team owners won’t tell you what this fan will: Good riddance to fair-weather fans. Maybe you leaving will free up a better seat for me. Reality is we are a country politically divided 50/50. When you make a political stand...
Letters to the editor: April 19, 2018

Letters to the editor: April 19, 2018

Re: April 16 article, “UT Co-op aims to remake itself after ‘challenging times.’” An excellent description of The University Co-Operative Society’s financial woes and recent comeback, this article concludes by summarizing the importance of the Co-op to the university’s history and culture. But more than that, the University Co-op really should be considered a &ldquo...
Letters to the editor: April 18, 2018

Letters to the editor: April 18, 2018

Re: April 16 article, “More businesses allow dogs, saying they calm employees.” The “feel good” story about dogs in the work place was cute, but animals at a work place is a bad idea. They may improve mood and productivity for some, but for others they are a distraction — and their presence can be life threatening. The American College of Allergies, Asthma and Immunology...
Letters to the editor: April 17, 2018

Letters to the editor: April 17, 2018

Re: April 13 article, “Bids sought as parents call for a nurse at every Austin ISD school.” The discussion about school nurses begs the question: How many nurses would be required? How many schools? That would help us understand the cost. One nurse per campus is great if we can afford it. CRAIG WARNER, AUSTIN Re: April 12 commentary, “What we lose if we lose DACA and Dreamers?&rdquo...

Letters to the editor: April 16, 2018

Re: April 10 article, “Study: Number of Texas women dying in childbirth was overreported.” I was glad to learn the Texas maternal mortality rate was not as drastic as earlier reported. Getting the data right is crucial to good policy. In developing countries, it is even more difficult to get the data right. These rates are actually down — and we know we can end preventable maternal...
Letters to the editor: April 15, 2018

Letters to the editor: April 15, 2018

It seems the Great State of Texas isn’t so great anymore. Due to Austin lawmakers, our nursing homes are the worst in the nation. Children in need health care or special education are severely limited. And the state does not enforce the immigration laws already on the books. At the federal level, Congress has made a mockery of the way are tax dollars are handled. Congress now calls Medicare...
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