Letters to the editor: Aug. 18, 2018

Re: Aug. 14 article, “Bastrop County sheriff looks to open gun range to train deputies.”

I want to firmly express my opposition to the gun range proposed by Bastrop County Sheriff Maurice Cook on John Craft Road.

This might be considered a farming community, but we are certainly not “hillbillies” living in the boonies out here. We are educated, active and retired professionals who have worked very hard for what we have in life. We are also productive members of the Bastrop community, contributing our time, efforts and financial support for the betterment of the entire community. Our property is our greatest investment. We are heartbroken that its value could be completely diminished, simply because Cook has no regard for us.

We are proud landowners — grateful Texans who hold faith in our local elected officials to make decisions in the best interest of all their loyal constituents. We respectfully ask Bastrop County Judge Paul Pape and Commissioner Mark Meuth to put an end this proposal.


Re: Aug. 14 article, “Bastrop County sheriff looks to open gun range to train deputies.”

I am writing in response to a proposal of a gun range by the Bastrop County sheriff’s office. Besides the safety of my home, animals and invited guests, I’m also concerned with some of the missing facts regarding this proposal. What’s the budget?

The Bastrop County sheriff’s office has never had its own training range. What’s the cost of going elsewhere for the required training versus the cost of this new range? Is the county liable when there is property damage? Hay is proposed to stop bullets. Isn’t that a wildfire danger? And what about the kids at the bus stop located nearby and in range of stray bullets? More research must be done.


Re: Aug. 16 letter to the editor, “Confederate vets deserve recognition.”

I read with interest the Aug. 16 letter and, after some thought, I have a slightly different opinion on Confederacy groups in Veterans Day parades. I was totally opposed before.

If Confederate and Union members fought together in Cuba and the Philippines, I would assume that they fought under the U.S. flag and not the Confederate flag.

If that is the case, then I would agree to have Confederate groups march together with their northern, Union counterpart — but never with a competing flag.

If they cannot march under the U.S. flag, then they are not ready to be fully accepted as descendants of American veterans. It is many decades beyond the time when any Confederate flag should be shown in public outside of a museum.


Rather than spending our energy trying to get our snouts into the trough of Volkswagen settlement cash, we might consider what is really at stake here.

The additional soot pollution attributable to VW tuning their diesel engines to pass emission control test is but an infinitesimal speck compared to the impact of our government’s concern for heavy-truck emissions. Luckily, the Environmental Protection Agency has reversed former administrator Scott Pruitt’s final act of allowing loopholes for heavy polluters — one that would have prevented the agency from limiting the manufacture of higher-pollution diesel trucks, known as gliders. But even so, there are still thousands of semis on the road that do not meet current standards.

By the way, I find it somewhat offensive that we would try and profit from VW’s crime.


The angst over distribution of funds from Volkswagen is amusing.

It matters not at all that Austin purchases more VW vehicles than other cities. The funds are being disbursed based on need for pollution mitigation. Austin doesn’t have refineries, steel plants or feed lots, so our needs are minimal compared to others. Socialism is all the rage in Austin until our ox is gored, when agonized screaming begins.


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