Letters to the editor: Aug. 25, 2018

Aug 24, 2018
Jay Janner

Re: Aug. 21 letter to the editor, “Stadium another burden on taxpayer.”

A recent criticism of Austin’s “liberal City Council” and Mayor Steve Adler’s decision to fund the soccer stadium through corporate welfare was spot-on when it noted the burdensome financing is now on property-owning taxpayers.

Where the critic got it wrong was implying corporate welfare is a liberal ideal. It is not. It is an ideal built from the conservative “trickle-down economics” notion the rich need not pay taxes because they are the “job creators.” History has proven the result of trickle-down economics is the rich get richer while the middle class carries the tax burden.

Let me assure the critic that true liberals despise corporate welfare — and we feel completely betrayed by our liberal City Council and Adler. If our taxes are going to increase, this liberal wants the benefits to go to social welfare programs — which ultimately benefit us all — and not to tax-sucking self-enriching corporations and their CEOs.

JOYJEAN HUGHES, AUSTIN

Why is the City Council buying junk that no one else wants? Or since we are bargain hunting in Ohio, why not buy the Cleveland Browns and the Cavaliers? We can have three seasons of “tax-free” sports mediocrity.

A soccer team and stadium are not the public good. They are not a library, community college nor a hospital district. A far smaller number of taxpayers will benefit from this sports misadventure. If a soccer team is such a public good project, then I can assume that the management of Precourt Sports Ventures is working for nonprofit reimbursement.

How about a public vote on a public good project?

No wonder Austin is becoming unaffordable; we are unable to define public good. Feels like it’s time to recall the City Council, since this is taxation without representation.

Spend the money on teachers, not scammers.

CHRIS GALLO, AUSTIN

Re: Aug. 21 letter to the editor, “Media’s lies make readers turn away.”

The letter to the editor suggests that a recent Statesman editorial blamed the president on “the current state of the press.” Apparently, we aren’t reading the same opinion piece or newspaper.

While the editorial included a quote that “the institution of a free press in America is in a state of crisis,” the writer misses the key point: Our nation has a unique history with the press — one which should be understood and cherished. Journalists do, indeed, have a higher calling, as they seek out and report the truth. Most do well in that pursuit, although not always perfectly.

Journalists are human, and mistakes sometimes are made. It is a flight of fantasy for the writer to conclude that “your lies” — presumably, the Statesman’s — are the cause of “the current state of the press.”

DON PRICE, CEDAR PARK

Re: Aug. 22 article, “Texas members of Congress react to Michael Cohen admission.

Surprise, surprise! It’s no small wonder that the Texas GOP legislators listed in your article didn’t respond to your request for comment about the Michael Cohen situation. They are either afraid of losing their jobs, or they are too embarrassed by Trump to speak out against him and his connection with Cohen.

At least John Cornyn did speak out, even though he was wrong to claim that the situation and Cohen’s plea does not have anything to do with the Russia investigation. It is too early to make that kind of statement, even by a hard-core protector of Trump and the Republican Party.

The law will eventually rule out over political party loyalty and interests, like it did in the Watergate years. It is interesting that we are now witnessing a repeat of that experience more than 40 years later.

FRED HAZEN, LAKEWAY