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 7 neighbors make their voice known before more tax dollars are spent. The city of Austin should not go forward on a new soccer field without this vote.
This should cost less than another study by consultants and bureaucrats.
This is a reason we have city council districts and local rule, right? How about it, Austin?
JOHN HINES, AUSTIN
I do not believe in moral victories. While the Ohio 12th Congressional District race in a solid Republican district should never have been so close. Though it suggests a strong possibility of a blue wave in November, Democrats must not become complacent.
The key variable will be enthusiasm.
One thing we’ve learned is that President Trump is a master at rallying his base in campaigns — even more reason Democrats must work hard to keep their voters enthused and get them to the polls. Most of the key House races will depend on securing votes from educated white woman who have reservations about Trump, younger people, minorities and those part of the resist movement who historically may not vote.
Democrats also need to persuade progressives not to vote for independent candidates; though traditional Democrat candidates are not perfect, on important issues they are far more progressive than pro-Trump conservatives.
RICHARD CHERWITZ, AUSTIN
The pope has “fully” rejected the death penalty; perhaps it is time for Gov. Greg Abbott to re-evaluate its application in Texas.
With a sentence of life without parole as an alternative to protect the public, there is no need for a death sentence. I know Abbott doesn’t always follow his faith, which is shown by his rejection of Syrian refugees into Texas. But being a practicing Roman Catholic, I hope in this case, he reads and follows the Gospel as the pope does. To do otherwise would be morally hypocritical.
JEFFREY METZ, GEORGETOWN
Pundits continually ask why Donald Trump won’t criticize or condemn Vladimir Putin. It’s not complicated. Trump owns several private family businesses. The purpose of business is to make money for the owner. The purpose of government is to provide services for all people.
Since his election, Trump has demonstrated that he will first, last and always take care of his businesses. Trump’s many bankruptcies forced him to borrow money from Russian oligarchs linked to Putin — and they must be repaid. For decades, Trump dreamed of expanding his businesses into Russia, but first he needs Putin’s approval. While Putin previously ignored Trump, now Putin sees that Trump might be useful to him (such as lifting sanctions), so he is dangling the prospect of business deals in front of him. Then, there is the real likelihood that Putin has damaging information (including videos) on Trump.
It’s not hard, folks.
MARTY SIMPSON, AUSTIN
Dear Gov. Abbott,
I am writing to you as a native Texan of more than three generations. Both of my parents were World War II vets from Texas.
Texas is a “right to life” state. Just what is the value of a human life? My son has become so despondent from a curable medical condition that has left him unable to walk and in excruciating pain. He is 42 and is languishing in a mental health facility in Kerrville because he became suicidal and quit eating. He weighs 89 lbs.
Where should I bring him for medical treatment? To your office?
He has been to emergency room many times and has still not been treated. He needs double hip surgery. Again, I ask, in a right to life state just what is the value of a human life? Zero? I am a taxpayer and I deserve an answer.
MARTHA BETTES, WIMBERLEY
Re: Aug. 3 commentary, “Trump’s political interests coincide with foreign forces.”
There are serious allegations that Donald Trump slid into the White House on fake news that the Russians spread like margarine preceding the 2016 election, but that’s not really a problem for Trump.
He has Putin’s assurances of a nyet issue here. So, Americans have a zero response about that from a U.S. president who has a petty tweet for every personal issue that surfaces about his sordid life.
Well, Putin does not have a birth certificate from here. That used to be a big deal to Trump, but observe our current president: He is a tweeter, not a fighter. He defends himself with monotonous regularity, but he failed to defend our country. What a guy. What a phony. What a fake.
KAREN STONE, AUSTIN