Letters to the editor: Aug. 19, 2018

Thanks, and congratulations, to retired admiral William H. McRaven and the other National Security officials who have spoken out about the decisions being made by the current administration.

They, along with some journalists, business leaders, and a few members of Congress, are finally calling to task the current president for decisions that are destroying our democracy. It is time for concerned Americans to stand up, speak out and vote out the people who are making and going along with the ruination of our Democratic principles and America’s worldwide reputation.

Everyone must do whatever possible to return our nation to caring and concern for others.


The last few times I’ve been downtown, I’ve seen dozens of motorized scooters being driven on sidewalks and occasionally in the street.

My main concern is that the riders of these scooters are traveling as fast as 15 mph, and I have yet to see a rider with a helmet on. Our society encourages all people to wear helmets while biking to prevent injury. These scooters need to come with some sort of helmet when you rent them.

Also, I have seen a lot of children around the age of 10 riding on the scooters. I am aware that when you rent the scooter it says there is an 18 and older restriction, but clearly this rule is not being upheld and needs better enforcement.

These scooters are a danger to the rider and others on the streets.


Re: Aug. 16 editorial, “Journalists are watchdog neighbors, not enemy of the people.

Got to love it when the American-Statesman prints an opinion piece criticizing President Trump for his criticism of the news media’s “fake news” and then quotes Dan Rather to defend their position.

Great move using Rather, who was fired for broadcasting fake news about President Bush. Can the media get any more absurd?


Re: Aug. 16 commentary, “Journalists are watchdog neighbors, not enemy of the people.

Great job setting out the very important role that reputable news organizations such as the Statesman — and investigative reporters in particular — have in our free society. Please keep reporting the facts and uncovering the truth. Stay the course.


In my 40-plus years that I’ve been receiving the American-Statesman, your columnists’ articles slant far left politically.

I once quit the Statesman because your articles were so disgusting they made me sick. My opinion is that your political columnists do not print the whole truth and all the facts. This is especially true when it comes to President Donald Trump.

My opinion is that Trump has and is doing more good for the United States than the last three presidents. There is nothing fair and balanced in your newspaper with respect to political articles.


Re: Aug. 16 commentary, “Journalists are watchdog neighbors, not enemy of the people.

I read with pleasure and pride your fine editorial on Aug. 16 about the importance of a free press and its imperative checking of facts.

The founders wisely enshrined freedom of the press in our Constitution to give us facts, not opinions or exaggerations or “alternate facts.” I don’t need politicians of whatever stripe, to figure out where I stand on any given issue. However, I do need verifiable facts from a free, unintimidated American press.

Thank you, American-Statesman, for giving us the “nonfake news” every day.


First it was Confederate monuments, either removed and hidden or destroyed by protesters, without a thought as to ownership. A statue removed from Travis Park in San Antonio was designed by Virginia Montgomery. In a commentary for the San Antonio Express-News, Thomas J. Crane wrote, “It was said at the time that she was the first woman to ever design a monument.” Do you think anyone took that into consideration?

Next came renaming schools. Then, the probability of renaming the capital of this great state.

They’re demanding removal of a 1959 plaque in the Texas Capitol containing a pledge from the children of Confederate veterans honoring their ancestors.

What do you suppose these people are going to do when these things aren’t enough to assuage their anger and hurt? Go into the cemeteries and dig up our Confederate dead? Will they come looking for the Confederates’ descendants?

And at the end, history will remain.


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