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?

Everyone must pick their battle against Trump’s Administration of horrors; for me it’s the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.

I thought of these young people again while seeing the excellent “Kindertransport,” now playing at the Trinity Street Players’ Black Box Theater. It’s about a woman who gets smuggled out of Nazi Germany as a child.

Oh, but Immigration and Customs Enforcement isn’t deporting people to their deaths, are they? Tell that to frightened young people facing return to violent countries with no one to help them.

Our amoral president, pandering to his base, sees no value in these people. They aren’t likely to vote for him, and he really wants to keep his job.

Oh, the courts have protected DACA, you say? Well, that’s a thin black line. One reversed decision allows Jeff Sessions to start deportations. He wants to keep his job, too. Rounding up DACA people would rekindle the failed ideas behind “Kindertransport.” Let’s hope it doesn’t happen.

LAURA BROWN, AUSTIN

Re: April 15 article, “Central Texas lawmakers have varied reactions to airstrikes on Syria.”

If launching rockets into Syria was justified — and we knew how and what to hit — why didn’t we also target Bashar al-Assad’s head? His home, his seat of government headquarters? Why do we let the leaders get away — at least before they are captured after full scale war? Cut off the head of a rattlesnake, and it dies!

DARRELL CHAMPEAU, CEDAR PARK

A presidential pardon has been given to Scooter Libby for perjury before a grand jury, lying to FBI investigators and obstruction of justice during an investigation. I wonder if this is just the president’s way of showing certain people that there won’t be any trouble if they don’t cooperate truthfully with any of the current FBI investigations.

G. K. WOOD, ROUND ROCK

Last week, Gov. Abbott spent time in south Texas for a re-election photo op to show his support for securing our borders. I couldn’t help but notice that “the First Hispanic first lady of Texas” — as he said in his 2015 bid for governor — was again nowhere to be seen. I guess that might have been awkward considering the remarks from the president about our neighbors to the south. I’ll bet Abbott doesn’t use that phrase in this year’s campaign.

TIP GILES, AUSTIN

Rampage is sweeping our country. Shootings, stabbings, bombs.

Let’s stop blaming guns and put blame where it is due. We are allowing everyone to ingest garbage through the trash being put out by Hollywood, TV, and the gaming industries. It’s past time to put a stop to this. May we as parents, teachers and guardians of children start being more diligent and be better parents, care-givers, monitors and role models.

You certainly wouldn’t eat or feed your children garbage, so stop allowing it to enter their minds.

JAN ELLIOTT, AUSTIN



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