Letters to the editor: April 14, 2018


Re: April 6 article, “2 Texas members of Congress urge Texas universities to cut China ties.”

The front-page article about to responses by Reps. Henry Cuellar, D-Laredo, and Michael McCaul, R-Austin, to the situation with the U.S. and China was a sad bit of information. This seemed to be a knee-jerk response to the fact our president is clueless about diplomatic matters and had no real grasp of the fact imposing a tariff on products usually proves ineffective.

Having lived and worked in Asia and visited China several times, it appears to me that closer ties would be the best option for the American people.

Our universities were, at one time, world-class — and foreign students paid full tuition to attend. Why should academia be caught in the cross fire of a political situation? The United States now resides in a global world; we need to recognize that fact and act accordingly.

VERA VASUDEVAN, CEDAR PARK

Re: April 10 article, “Indicted McNeil High student is coach’s son, sources say.”

“Cory McMahon … who sources say is the son of McNeil football coach and athletic director Howard McMahan, and Corbin Banda, 17, were both indicted on charges of invasive visual recording.”

And just what does the young Banda’s father do for a living? Why don’t we know that?

Is the young McMahon more responsible because of his father’s profession? This is just so not right. I have two sons whose father was their high school principal, so I recognize how unfair it is for young people to be labeled and made to “take on” the profession or job of their father — or any parent.

If the young McMahon is guilty, then he should be found guilty without consideration of what his father does for a living — but no more so than his apparent co-conspirator. It doesn’t matter what your parents might be engaged in as a profession, it doesn’t figure into guilt or innocence.

PATT GERMANN, FARIBAULT, MINN.

I have been hearing some very disturbing news about Sinclair Broadcasting. After buying many local TV stations, management is demanding that the local broadcasters say a prepared speech that is actually fear-producing. It sounds like an authorized propaganda speech. In no way is this appropriate in our Democracy.

President Trump may not like to hear opinions differing from his, but each of us learn by hearing all sides of an issue. I think it is extremely dangerous to allow one company to own most media outlets, but still worse that the owner dictate that each of those outlets be required to say the same message. Please step in to place regulations to protect our Democracy and put boundaries in Sinclair Broadcasting.

MARY SUE ROSE, AUSTIN

Paul Ryan’s “bold agenda” was to campaign for years on a balanced budget platform, become Speaker of the House, then do the exact opposite of what he said he wanted to do and saddle this nation with unprecedented levels of new debt — $209 billion in March alone — before quitting.

ROBERT MACKENZIE, GEORGETOWN

Environmental Protection Agency Secretary Scott Pruitt typifies the corruption and sense of self-entitlement that plagues the Trump administration. He is the epitome of “the swamp” that the president promised to drain.

Pruitt’s more egregious conduct has been well-documented: taking a “sweetheart deal” on property co-owned by the wife of a lobbyist with business before the EPA; incurring exorbitant travel expenses for himself, his staff and his overmanned security detail; traveling overseas to promote the natural gas industry, something outside the parameters of the EPA; and retaliating against staff members who questioned his improper actions.

Pruitt, like Trump, is a self-promoting egotist with no sense of accountability to the American public. Pruitt has to go, and the president must replace him with someone who will put the country before self-interest.

STEPHEN JODY HELMAN, AUSTIN

“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”

As I heard the news about Speaker Ryan not running for his congressional seat, I immediately thought of this quote.

Evil comes in many forms. When self-proclaimed righteous people like Ryan jump the ship, it tells me that all of his and the GOP’s righteous talk is just hot air cooking a baloney sandwich, which we’re expected to eat with joyful relish. The party I once claimed is now the party of Trump pure and simple — and those who support it will have to answer for that support one day.

CHARLES A. PATINO, HUTTO



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