Letters to the editor: Aug. 16, 2018


While Major League Soccer is professional, today it is very small in America.

MLS wants to start small using a space in Austin that doesn’t accommodate expansion and also lacks necessary parking and retail expansion space. That is a shortsighted idea and creates a throwaway facility. MLS needs to think about its strategy for real success when the sport catches on, requiring a bigger facility and supporting spaces.

Let’s get rid of this shortsighted plan and think about making MLS a good long-term fit for Austin with a place to be successful. Meanwhile, the cramped space under consideration has other better uses. Let’s get MLS for Austin — and let’s have a plan for a winner.

CLAUDE FEISTEL, AUSTIN

Precourt’s overriding objective in dealing with Austin is to avoid paying property taxes like you and businesses do. No taxes at all.

They want their tax burden to be shifted to Austin residents. Entirely.

Precourt doesn’t even want to buy the land the stadium would sit on, which is appraised at $29.5 million. There are five other entities that want to buy, build and pay taxes on it.

Why is the city dealing with these people? They’re freeloaders who don’t want to pay their fair share; they want you to pay it for them.

Precourt should go back to Columbus, Ohio, and live up to the promises they made there.

BOB BINDER, AUSTIN

Re: Aug. 10 commentary, “Commentary: Confederacy groups don’t belong in Veterans Day parades.”

In 1898, President William McKinley said: “Every soldier’s grave made during our unfortunate Civil War is a tribute to American valor … we should share with you in the care of the graves of the Confederate soldiers. The cordial feeling now happily existing between the North and South prompts this generous act, and if it needs further justification, it is found in the gallant loyalty to the Union and the flag so conspicuously shown in the year just past by the sons and grandsons of these heroic dead.”

Thousands of Confederate and Union Veterans paraded together after the war. They served with each other in Cuba and the Philippines. Bonds between Confederate veterans and U.S. veterans became forever interwoven in our military’s history due to this.

I’m a card-carrying Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War member, and great grandson of Sgt. Hiram Pierce, 106th Illinois Volunteers, and Lt. Dewitt Anderson, 60th Illinois Volunteers.

ROBERT ANDERSON, AUSTIN

Re: Aug. 11 article, “Consumer prices up 2.9% over last year,” “Wage growth getting wiped out by inflation” and “Council members set maximum city tax increase at 6 percent.

In a recent Metro section, there were three seemingly disconnected articles that perhaps should have been reported as one:

The first article on page B5 reported that consumer prices were up 2.9 percent year over year. Another article right next to it on the same page reported that wage growth over the same time was only 2.7 percent. I turned to page B8 and find out that the City Council has begrudgingly set the tax rate ceiling at a 6 percent increase instead of the usual 8 percent. Four council members preferred an 8 percent hike.

Any questions about why the cost of living in Austin keeps going up?

DAVID LEFFLER, AUSTIN

Re: Aug. 12 letter, “Media ignores Trump’s strength: consistency”

The subject letter alleges the Trump’s major decisions have been wrong, but ignores the fact that no judgment can be made because the effect of many his decisions remain to be seen.

The author is basing his opinion on the premature criticisms of the liberal media. Moreover, the author is hypocritical. He is ignoring the many poor decisions Obama made that led to his failed policies.

FRED BLAZINE, AUSTIN

Re: Aug. 11 letter to the editor, “Obama had his honorific; Trump deserves same.”

The letter you published was full of Trump-like words.

I don’t recall being “forced” to call President Obama anything. I often saw him referred to as “Obama.” Meanwhile, this nonconflict is being stoked. Why? To sow more doubt in the electorate?

Let’s stick to facts. Mr. Trump has lied more than 4,000 times in his 18 months in office, taken more time off than his predecessor and cost the taxpayers more than $17 million as of April 16 in trips to his own golf course, Mar-a-Lago.

This does not include airlifting limousines, nor the trips to his two other golf courses in Virginia and New Jersey. And the writer refers to Barack Obama’s “antics?” Please elaborate.

HELEN CARVELL, AUSTIN

Re: Aug. 12 article, “Tech takeover.”

The Statesman’s front-page story is very exciting. “Tech takeover” continues to express the dynamics of the Democrat-managed metropolis. When I read your article, I recalled Gov. Greg Abbott’s comment from last year about crossing the Travis County line and the “smell of freedom that does not exist in Austin.”

Could that be the reason why so many industrial giants are heading for Travis County and the city of Austin? A breath of fresh and nonpolitical atmosphere expands on Abbott’s departure.

MICHAEL W. HENRY SR., MARBLE FALLS



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