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 deaths. The Reach Every Mother and Child Act will position the U.S. to lead the effort to end these deaths.

I thank Reps. Michael McCaul and Lamar Smith for co-sponsoring the Reach Act. It’d be great if Austin’s other representatives — Bill Flores, Lloyd Doggett and Roger Williams — also co-sponsored.

Sens. John Cornyn and Ted Cruz could step up their game and help the Reach Act becomes law. It could help the United States Agency for International Development reach its goal of saving 15 million children’s lives and 600,000 women’s lives by 2020.

MARK COATS, AUSTIN

Some of the recent moves by the president have — and will continue to — cause hardships to the Americans. This includes farmers and folks whose retirement, 401K plans, college funding and home sales are tanking. We know the president has stated he likes trade wars. The president seems to like disorder, disarray, confusion and pandemonium.

This writer is looking forward to the 2020 election. So many people that I have spoken with seem to believe he’s off. These are very smart people. Both Republicans and Democrats. This has to catch up with the president sooner or later.

LARRY FRIEDEN, LAKEWAY

If we want to reduce regulations, we should use free market methods to do that — and there is a way that both political parties can accomplish this. Just simply put a price on carbon. The Climate Leadership Council has proposed such a fee — and James Baker, Hank Paulson, George Shultz and many other conservatives support it. It is also has the support of the Citizens Climate Lobby.

By charging users that pollute to pay for that pollution, they will seek out lower cost uses of it. If that fee is then returned to American households, the higher prices can easily be offset. It is suggested that the average household could receive several hundred dollars a month. So, if you use little or no carbon, you will have more spendable income.

Now, polluters poison our air and water for free. A fee on carbon will be a win-win for all of us.

DALE BULLA, AUSTIN

I’m deeply troubled by the news that Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee have decided to stop investigating in Russia’s interference with the 2016 election.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation turns up new revelations every week. Our intelligence agencies agree that Russia interfered with the 2016 election in favor of Trump. Clearly, more work remains to be done.

I’m asking Rep. Bill Flores to call on the House Intelligence Committee to do their job and continue to investigate Russian interference in our election for the sake of our democracy — and to demand that Speaker Paul Ryan remove Devin Nunes from the committee. He continues to violate his recusal and is working with the president to obstruct justice, which is a criminal offense.

It’s a sad when constituents must beg their elected officials to uphold the Constitution and protect the country and democracy they were elected to serve.

DIANA CERES, AUSTIN



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