Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor: Aug. 19, 2018

Letters to the editor: Aug. 19, 2018

Thanks, and congratulations, to retired admiral William H. McRaven and the other National Security officials who have spoken out about the decisions being made by the current administration. They, along with some journalists, business leaders, and a few members of Congress, are finally calling to task the current president for decisions that are destroying our democracy. It is time for concerned Americans...

Letters to the editor: Aug. 18, 2018

Re: Aug. 14 article, “Bastrop County sheriff looks to open gun range to train deputies.” I want to firmly express my opposition to the gun range proposed by Bastrop County Sheriff Maurice Cook on John Craft Road. This might be considered a farming community, but we are certainly not “hillbillies” living in the boonies out here. We are educated, active and retired professionals...
Letters to the editor: Aug. 17, 2018

Letters to the editor: Aug. 17, 2018

Re: Aug. 13 commentary, “Two views: ‘Red flag’ law makes us vulnerable to ‘thought police.’” Monday’s Two Views on extreme risk — or “red flag” — legislation missed the mark; extreme risk laws are evidence-based policies. These cutting-edge, commonsense laws follow established protective order systems with due process protections in...
Letters to the editor: Aug. 16, 2018

Letters to the editor: Aug. 16, 2018

While Major League Soccer is professional, today it is very small in America. MLS wants to start small using a space in Austin that doesn’t accommodate expansion and also lacks necessary parking and retail expansion space. That is a shortsighted idea and creates a throwaway facility. MLS needs to think about its strategy for real success when the sport catches on, requiring a bigger facility...
Letters to the editor: Aug. 15, 2018

Letters to the editor: Aug. 15, 2018

Re: Aug. 10 article, “Texas’ VW emissions settlement: $209M. Austin’s cut: $0.” When Austin residents purchased more compromised Volkswagens as a percentage of state population, why is Austin to receive no share of the $170 million pollution mitigation funds? This smacks of political shenanigans — and it is so unfair that a lawsuit should follow. We breathe the air in...
Letters to the editor: Aug. 14, 2018

Letters to the editor: Aug. 14, 2018

Re: Aug. 8 article, “Greg Abbott tweets bogus Winston Churchill quotation about anti-fascists.” Instead of misattributing a quote to Winston Churchill, perhaps Gov. Greg Abbott should have posted: “When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross,” a quote often erroneously attributed to Sinclair Lewis. Either way, considering the state of...
Letters to the editor: Aug. 13, 2018

Letters to the editor: Aug. 13, 2018

The proposed soccer field should only go forward only after receiving approval of this new neighbor through a District 7 primary vote. District 7 will feel the most impact of the soccer field, both good and bad — namely, the increase in nearby business opportunity and income verses the increase in traffic, lack of parking, more noise and, likely, crime. Only by a primary vote will these District...
Letters to the editor: Aug. 12, 2018

Letters to the editor: Aug. 12, 2018

Re: Aug. 1 article, “Top federal officials defend handling of separation policy,” and Aug. 8 commentary, “Find mental health services for children reunited with parents.” I was 8 years old when I went to sleep-away camp for the first time. My mother was two hours late picking me up on the final day. I was the last kid in the parking lot. Was she sick? In an accident? Did she...
Letters to the editor: Aug. 11, 2018

Letters to the editor: Aug. 11, 2018

Re: Aug. 8 article, “Travis County to purchase $8 million paper trail voting system.” It is not common for government workers to receive outside praise, but Travis County Clerk Dana DeBeauvoir certainly deserves a huge pat on the back for fighting for and finally getting approval for a state-of-the-art voting system. The new digital system will include a paper trail for each vote that...
Letters to the editor: Aug. 10, 2018

Letters to the editor: Aug. 10, 2018

Re: Aug. 6 commentary, “Wear: Cap Metro plugs into a new transit outlet: electric-powered buses.” While I applaud Cap Metro for doing something, its move to begin testing electric buses shows how far behind the rest of the world America is in transport technology. The Chinese city of Shenzhen, near Hong Kong, currently operates a fleet of 16,000 buses — all of which are electric...
Letters to the editor: Aug. 9, 2018

Letters to the editor: Aug. 9, 2018

Re: Aug. 4 article, “Amid Trump-Koch feud, Abbott talks Texas v. California.” Gov. Greg Abbott, given his long reign as top politico is this one-party state, must be credited for his electoral prowess and devoted partisanship, though his views regarding matters of political economy and social theory are peculiar. His vision of Texas as the “leader of the national movement for capitalism&rdquo...
Letters to the editor: Aug. 8, 2018

Letters to the editor: Aug. 8, 2018

Re: Aug. 5 commentary, “Myth, not renewable energy, generates Georgetown’s buzz.” This piece is poorly researched with broad unsubstantiated conclusions and worn-out ultraconservative arguments. If Texas Public Policy Foundation is going to present a rational case, it needs to be well-researched and reflect a firm understanding of the industry and its issues. Cutter W. Gonzá...
Letters to the editor: Aug. 7, 2018

Letters to the editor: Aug. 7, 2018

Re: Aug. 1 commentary, “How America can birth a just and loving world.” I was deeply moved by midwife Paula Rojas’ stunning analogy of the current horrific refugee situation to a difficult childbirth. She says our country is in the middle of a difficult labor. We still have a long way to go — and it will get more intense before the birth comes. As with any labor, we must remember...
Letters to the editor: Aug. 6, 2018

Letters to the editor: Aug. 6, 2018

The coverage of the closing of The Frisco, the last of the Night Hawk chain, reminds me of a great compliment from the past. In the early ’70s, I enjoyed meeting artists and public figures as a member of the University of Texas Unions speakers committee. I got to host the well-known Argentinian writer Jorge Luis Borges. He had previously spent time at UT and had come to make a speech. When I...
Letters to the editor: Aug. 4, 2018

Letters to the editor: Aug. 4, 2018

Re: July 30 commentary, “Why the LCRA needs groundwater rights in Bastrop County.” I am a homeowner in Circle D directly affected by the wells. I understand the need to consider water supply for all Texans — but not being honest with the homeowners in the neighborhood and talking with them and listening to hear our point of view was short-sighted. Could we not still talk to each...
Facebook comments: Aug. 5, 2018

Facebook comments: Aug. 5, 2018

As reported by the American-Statesman’s Kevin Lyttle, Circuit of the Americas chairman Bobby Epstein made a case Wednesday for why COTA would be a good site for a Major League Soccer team. Epstein was approached by Capella Capital Partners about a joint effort with Precourt Sports Ventures to build a stadium at COTA. “I made Capella the same offer I made (Anthony) Precourt,” Epstein...
Letters to the editor: Aug. 5, 2018

Letters to the editor: Aug. 5, 2018

Re: Aug. 1 article, “Retired Texas teachers face giant hurdle to pension boost.” As a retired teacher, I am concerned with the health of the Teacher Retirement System. It was interesting that system officials stated that “changes in marketplace and the global economic outlook” were to blame for the projected return decrease. Seems I’ve heard this before, yet the stock...
Letters to the editor: Aug. 3, 2018

Letters to the editor: Aug. 3, 2018

Re: July 31 article, “Austin’s top single-family water user in 2017: a U.S. congressman.” To users of more than a million gallons of water a year: What is it about the term “limited resource” you do not understand? Being able to afford it doesn’t entitle you to use more than your fair share of this limited resource. My average annual water use for the last three...
Letters to the editor: Aug. 2, 2018

Letters to the editor: Aug. 2, 2018

Re: July 29 article, “Why more don’t try to shop for health care.” Health care shopping might work, but it is in no way like shopping for socks. Inquiring about the price — without insurance — of a possible procedure at a hospital for a relative, I was stonewalled. One hospital will not give an estimate until you have already signed up for the procedure. You must know...
Letters to the editor: Aug. 1, 2018

Letters to the editor: Aug. 1, 2018

Re: June 28 article, “City report on Confederate monuments raises idea of renaming Austin.” A suggestion in a report by the city of Austin’s Equity Office to rename Austin makes no sense. Stephen F. Austin, the city’s namesake, was a man of his time. Slavery was common when Austin colonized Texas, and he realized that attracting white settlers from the south to Texas would...
Letters to the editor: July 31, 2018

Letters to the editor: July 31, 2018

Re: July 27 article, “Traffic crackdown targeted common violations by immigrants.” What is wrong with Bastrop County’s “zero tolerance”? In a car accident, would you like to be hit by a driver with no license or any financial responsibility? “Zero tolerance” is the price you pay for being in this country illegally. But what about the legal citizens caught...
Letters to the editor: July 30, 2018

Letters to the editor: July 30, 2018

Heat exhaustion can sneak up on you, causing increased body temperature, rapid pulse, headache and fatigue. If you don’t get cool, you’ll dehydrate, possibly suffer a stroke, or worse — die. Of 8,000-plus heat-related fatalities in the United States reported from 1999 to 2010, 36 percent were among those age 65 and older, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and...
Letters to the editor: July 29, 2018

Letters to the editor: July 29, 2018

It seems everyone has an idea about the best utilization of the McKalla Place property, from a new high-rise to affordable housing. By themselves, they’re not bad ideas, but no one on the council gave a thought to McKalla Place until it was put forward as a site for Major League Soccer. Before soccer became a possibility, no one gave a damn about those 24 acres. Stadium cost? The team owners...
Facebook comments: July 29, 2018

Facebook comments: July 29, 2018

As reported by the American-Statesman’s Jonathan Tilove, U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-El Paso, released the first ad of his U.S. Senate campaign Thursday. The 30-second video was created entirely from livestream footage shot on the campaign’s iPhone. His campaign says it’s the first U.S. Senate ad anywhere to do so. Titled “Showing Up,” it is a montage of scenes from...
Letters to the editor: July 28, 2018

Letters to the editor: July 28, 2018

Austin homeowners who are 65 years or older often have a hard time affording Austin’s residential property taxes. More of us are losing our homes as our taxes keep skyrocketing. A wonderful program exists for taxpayers 65 or older to defer their property taxes until they sell their houses or when their estates are settled after death (the deferred taxes will accrue interest). I recently filed...
Letters to the editor: July 27m 2018

Letters to the editor: July 27m 2018

“Congracklations” to your staff writers and photographers, and the outside contributors who did such a great job of giving voice to the daily avian experience that unites Austinites of all neighborhoods, newcomers and old-timers alike. One reference was overlooked though. In the fine comic novel “The Boyfriend School,” set in 1980s Austin, the name of the slightly subversive...
Letters to the editor: July 26, 2018

Letters to the editor: July 26, 2018

It takes the power of law to save people’s lives. Texas laws around gun safety must be improved. I testified at a Texas House Criminal Jurisprudence hearing about increased penalties for gun negligence. My family owns guns. Our guns are stored securely, unloaded and separate from ammunition. I know firsthand what it’s like to lose a child to a gun owner’s negligence. What hurts as...
Letters to the editor: July 25, 2018

Letters to the editor: July 25, 2018

Following the president’s unsettling denial of U.S. intelligence’s findings to the former-KGB head of our greatest geopolitical foe, Sen. John Cornyn was the sole dissenting voice on one nonbinding bipartisan resolution in Congress, backing the intelligence community’s assessment that Russia interfered in our 2016 elections. On the same day, he backed another warning for the president...
Letters to the editor: July 24, 2018

Letters to the editor: July 24, 2018

Re: July 14 letter to the editor, “Bullock exhibit could use photos of black cowboys.” Bill Metz’s July 14 letter to the Statesman is absolutely right: There is a long and proud heritage of black cowboys and rodeo circuit competitors in Texas, and our “Rodeo!” exhibit could do a better job of making that known. To that end, we’ll be adding images related to African-American...

Letters to the editor: July 23, 2018

Re: July 17 article, “U.S. judge defends actions as trial on Texas’ fetal burial law begins.” Regarding the legal case of final disposition of a medically aborted fetus, the judge’s presupposition about a fetus seems paramount. The deep and legally unresolved issue in the case of bury/don’t bury an aborted fetus also seems rather straightforward — to me, anyway...
Letters to the editor: July 22, 2018

Letters to the editor: July 22, 2018

Re: July 18 article, “Grading glitch incorrectly ranks Reagan High valedictorian No. 2.” I am keeping a list: Who are the up-and-comers brightening the horizon, quietly preparing academically to make their mark? Thank you, Statesman, for bringing forward Naomi Lands, valedictorian of Reagan High School, so I can add her to my list. My list includes those to whom I might send $10 when they...
Letters to the editor: July 21, 2018

Letters to the editor: July 21, 2018

Re: July 15 commentary, “From any moral standpoint it’s time Texas ends death penalty.” So, what do we do with those people who kill children, peace officers, firefighters, judges or murder multiple victims? How about 9/11 and the Oklahoma City bombings? Does Rep. Joe Moody remember Sutherland Springs by chance? We really let these animals live out their lives with all their basic...
Letters to the editor: July 20, 2018

Letters to the editor: July 20, 2018

Re: July 14 article, “Army: Quality of life, tech culture helped Austin land Futures Command.” I’m saddened and outraged to learn that the U.S. Army has selected Austin as home to its new Futures Command center. Perhaps more sickening is hearing U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett say: “Austin fits the mission as a city of innovation — a community that promotes creativity, entrepreneurship...
Letters to the editor: July 19, 2018

Letters to the editor: July 19, 2018

Re: July 14 article, “City to hold information session about MLS stadium benefits.” Three times, I had to read over part of the article to make sure I understood it. Are you really telling me that this soccer stadium deal that our “esteemed” City Council is considering will allow them to lease all that McKalla land for a dollar a year — and they won’t have to pay...
Letters to the editor: July 17, 2018

Letters to the editor: July 17, 2018

Re: July 12 commentary, “Sorry, city employees. Your second job is our business.” While I agree that an employer has good reason to need to know about other business or employment that may conflict with the duties of a public-sector employee, I disagree that the general public has the right or need to have access to information. Most second jobs are quite innocent, and the employees should...
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...
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