Letters to the editor: Aug. 15. 2017


Re: Aug. 11 article, “Soldiers sue U.S. over promise of citizenship.”

Honesty and integrity seems to moving towards bait-and-switch with regards to the Pentagon’s reported request to the Homeland Security Department to not process naturalization applications of soldiers who enlisted in the U.S. military under the Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest program.

If the Pentagon believes program changes are necessary, fine — but make them going forward and let new recruits know before enlisting that the goal of U.S. citizenship is no longer a part of their voluntary military service. Changing the promise of future citizenship for soldiers currently enlisted is grossly unfair. Congress and our president should let the Pentagon know — or is their apparent silence on the matter really an endorsement of bait-and-switch?

JIM BROOKS, AUSTIN

I live in Congressional District 21, and I believe in the foundations of our democratic republic, such as the right to question the veracity of those who purport to represent us — like Lamar Smith, who suggests we get our news solely from the White House and that high carbon dioxide levels are a good thing.

Yet, Smith seeks ways to avoid constituents who might disagree with him. In fact, one of his constituents “dared” to attend a Republican fundraiser where Smith was scheduled to speak and asked Smith why he was so unwilling to meet with his constituents in a public forum, Smith replied with, “Ah, someone did get in!”

SOMEONE? You mean those who live, work, pay taxes, raise families and struggle every day in District 21? We all have a right to ask and be heard. Smith just isn’t interested in what we have to say.

GLORIA MEEHAN, CANYON LAKE

Re: Aug. 11 article, “Study links hikes in premiums to Trump.”

Aside from all of the speculation and ongoing investigations into this president’s campaign and financial history, his greatest crimes may have been committed in the last few months. His direct threats to withhold reimbursements to insurance companies in the Affordable Care Act — the law of the land — have created unstable environments for participating companies to set their future premiums, causing the premiums to increase as a result.

His actions and threats have made an imperfect system much worse, Millions of people will not be able to afford health insurance. The result would be lives needlessly lost, in all states, and from most social and economic strata. For that immoral act alone, he should be impeached.

GUFF ROBINSON, SMITHVILLE

For those of us who believe in equal justice under the law — even for the most politically powerful and well-connected — the eloquent July 27 letter written by members of the House Judiciary Committee to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is welcome and long overdue. The letter asks Sessions and Rosenstein to appoint a second special counsel to investigate matters outside the scope of the Robert Mueller investigation.

The letter points out 14 very important unanswered questions, including the Clinton Foundation’s potential criminal acts with its pay-for-play activities, Loretta Lynch’s possible obstruction of justice, the FBI’s immunity deals given to Clinton’s co-conspirators, the leaking of FBI memoranda by former FBI director James Comey, the unmasking of Trump campaign members’ names, and Comey’s knowledge and involvement in the Uranium One deal. Call the Department of Justice and your congressmen and show your support for this second special counsel.

LESLIE KEY, AUSTIN



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