Letters to the editor: Aug. 26, 2018

Aug 25, 2018
Retired Bishop John McCarthy passed away earlier this month.

I will never forget being summoned one morning by Bishop John McCarthy to the Austin Club, along with another attorney, Ed McCarthy. He gave us a directive to begin the rollout of the Red Mass, which coincides with the opening of the fall term of the U.S. Supreme Court.

At the Red Mass, the legal community prays to be imbued with the understanding, wisdom, fortitude and counsel for the right and just administration of their positions, guiding both lawyers and judges in their pursuit of justice. Bishop McCarthy valued the rule of law and the special place judges and lawyers occupy in our community. His commitment to social justice issues was indeed unyielding.

Bless you, Bishop McCarthy. You will be sorely missed.

JANET MONTEROS, EL PASO

Re: Aug. 24 article, “Dan Patrick challenges Geraldo, not election opponent, to debate.”

It’s unsurprising to read that Dan Patrick has challenged TV personality Geraldo Rivera to a debate while refusing to debate his actual opponent, Mike Collier. This is par for the course with Texas Republicans, who seem to believe transparency is beneath them.

Indeed, Attorney General Paxton once said he’d debate “anybody” — but this apparently doesn’t include his opponent, Justin Nelson. In my district, the 21st, Republican Chip Roy likes to mock those who disagree with him on Twitter but seems less interested in looking his opponents in the eye. Meanwhile, the Democrat, Joseph Kopser, has said he’s happy to debate in a public forum. Their upcoming private San Antonio Chamber of Commerce debate is hardly an adequate substitute; tickets start at $60 for nonmembers.

These are serious times; we deserve serious representation. If you’re unwilling to get on stage and defend your views to voters, don’t run in the first place.

LUCAS SCHAEFER, AUSTIN

So, Austin enters Stage 1 water restrictions, marinas and other lake businesses scramble and look forward to financial losses — again. Meanwhile, the Lower Colorado River Authority keeps sending water down river to rice farmers for an unsustainable crop in Texas. And the LCRA is planning another release before October, everyone else’s interest be damned!

Can’t believe Gov. Greg Abbott can’t or won’t bring the LCRA to heel.

GREG DAVIDSON, CEDAR PARK

Re: Aug. 23 letter to the editor, “Liberal press doing its best Nazi impersonation.”

The author uses what might pass as an intellectual argument to implicate the “liberal” press as a Nazi propaganda machine. He states: “The harsh truth is there if one looks for it, but many prefer to embrace the comfortable ‘Trump is Satan’ lie.”

It is never comfortable to have to say awful things about your president, even if it’s true. President Trump’s own actions and words have been recorded on audio and video. His own tweets serve as evidence of Trump’s sorry character. All you must do is read or listen to what he has dumped along his own messy trail over the years.

The press does report it — and I’m thankful for that — but you can’t hold the press responsible for reporting what is directly in front of their eyes and heard by their own ears. That’s not called propaganda; that’s called truth.

DRU EDRINGTON, GEORGETOWN

Re: Aug. 22 article, “Trump Allies Guilty.”

The “Trump Allies Guilty” headline was disgusting liberal bias once again. So, Trump lawyer Michael Cohen payed off Stormy Daniels for Donald Trump. The “Obama did it too” comparison comes up. He was fined $375,000 by the Federal Election Commission in 2008 for campaign finance violations, but who cares? What is most important is this sham indictment keeps the Trump-Russia collusion narrative alive.

In 2008, the Statesman endorsed Obama. In 2012 and 2016, it went neutral. It implied to me that you respected your subscribers. This biased headline and that whiny, collusive editorial last week saying Trump’s a meanie to the press tell me you do not respect all your readers any more. I’m fed up with your kowtowing to the national liberal media.

STEVEN MURDOCH, AUSTIN

Re: Aug. 23 letter to the editor, “Liberal press doing its best Nazi impersonation.”

The writer gives a great description of the Nazi-controlled press in World War II-era Germany feeding propaganda to the German people, keeping them uninformed of what was actually happening.

The beautiful irony is that the writer is one of the uninformed or misinformed of today’s right-wing propaganda machine that includes Fox News, Breitbart and conservative talk radio, along with Russian bots on social media. This machine is working hand in glove with the Trump regime — but it’s having trouble with all the guilty pleas and convictions of Trump associates.

So, for his part, the writer parrots by bashing the “liberal media,” while informed people get their news from multiple sources.

RONALD HEPLER, ROUND ROCK