Letters to the editor: Aug. 24, 2018


Re: Aug. 13 article, “College costs tied to foreclosure rate.”

Over the past generation, our state Republican leaders have conducted a systematic disinvestment in public universities. We’re already seeing the negative economic and personal consequences as those with massive student debt are more likely to:

• Face foreclosure on their homes.

• Defer major purchases, such as new cars and homes.

• Give pause before increasing debt through advanced degrees in law, science and medicine.

• Delay marriage and children.

• Postpone opening new businesses.

With that unsettling future, how many talented high school students might simply skip college?

Gov. Greg Abbott often touts his so-called Texas Model, but it’s a sham, shackling our children and grandchildren to decades of debt while depriving our great state of a well-educated workforce and a vibrant economic future.

STEPHEN SHACKELFORD, AUSTIN

Re: Aug. 21 article, “Opponents turn up political heat on Austin’s paid sick leave mandate.”

I see this as a public health issue.

Viruses spread in the workplace like, well, viruses. Politicians have sick pay. Everyone is entitled to stay home when ill, especially when they are likely contagious. Sick pay allows workers to isolate themselves from the public, reducing the potential for outbreaks of illnesses in the population.

Politicians and business owners are not thinking this issue through thoroughly.

LEIGH VAN KIRK, AUSTIN

Time to stop all the drama swirling around President Trump’s actions regarding security clearances.

There should be a rule, administered equally for all U.S. personnel or appointees, that requires all security clearances stop the minute they leave their position. If they go to another U.S. government position, their clearance can be reinstated. This goes for everyone, even ex-presidents.

This takes the sitting president out of the equation — and ends all the discussion about revenge. Everyone will be treated the same.

DONROY HAFNER, AUSTIN

Re: Aug. 20 article, “Lawsuit demands Georgetown provide information on solar panel cost.”

Robert Henneke is right. It is very suspicious that Mayor Dale Ross is not forthcoming with the solar panel cost info.

The mayor is hiding something. Why would he do that? The obvious answer is that he is not proud of the answer.

DAVID RIVERS, GEORGETOWN

Re: Aug. 20 article, “Lawsuit demands Georgetown provide information on solar panel cost.”

As a recent newcomer to Georgetown, I strongly support Georgetown’s 100 percent renewable energy policy. Georgetown is the only Texas city to operate entirely on renewable energy.

That policy is being challenged by the Texas Public Policy Foundation in the form of requests by one of its adherents, Terrill Putnam. He is requesting accounting for the solar panels that are installed on the Westside Service Center, a public building. A payback analysis has already been performed and is available through open records. The Texas Public Policy Foundation is misnamed. It has no regard for public policy for public good. It is a lobbying arm of the fossil fuel industry.

It is important for the public to realize that acting for the Texas Public Policy Foundation means that Putnam is simply a cat’s paw for the fossil fuel industry.

PATRICIA TAYLOR, GEORGETOWN

As a retired Navy captain, it was heartwarming to read retired Adm. Bill McRaven’s response to President Trump revoking CIA Director John Brennan’s security clearance. Its only effect is to reduce the U.S. government’s — and Trump’s own — ability to take advantage of Brennan’s experience and wisdom when it would be helpful.

The admiral’s challenge, saying he would consider it an honor if Trump would revoke the admiral’s own security clearance as well, “so I can add my name to the list of men and women who have spoken up against your presidency,” was not only appropriate and powerful, as would be expected from a Navy Seal and a four-star admiral, but was in keeping with the highest traditions of the U.S. Navy.

Thank you, Bill McRaven, for your judgment, integrity and willingness to speak out. In your retirement, or whatever you choose to do next, I wish you “fair winds and following seas.”

DAVE KUNZ, AUSTIN



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