Letters to the editor: Aug. 12, 2018

Re: Aug. 1 article, “Top federal officials defend handling of separation policy,” and Aug. 8 commentary, “Find mental health services for children reunited with parents.

I was 8 years old when I went to sleep-away camp for the first time. My mother was two hours late picking me up on the final day. I was the last kid in the parking lot.

Was she sick? In an accident? Did she forget? We didn’t have cellphones then, so I was stranded. I ran from counselor to counselor. Where was my mother? Turns out she got stuck in traffic, and then parked in the wrong place at the camp.

I’m a grandmother. Yet, I can still see my mother running toward me, anguish on her face, to wrap me in her arms. She wore a yellow dress.

Today, hundreds of kids still wait in “summer camps” across the country. It’s way past time for the U.S. government to get these kids back in their parents’ arms.


I have the name for our new Austin soccer team: Columbus Crew. Our motto is: We’re just not as close to downtown Columbus anymore.

We tell the fans in Columbus that if they love the team so much, they will go a bit farther to see a game. They wanted to build a new stadium, anyway. No need to buy the Crew to save it under their pesky state law.

Our City Council counts this as tourism money — and the stadium as an extension of the Convention Center. Saves me a plane ticket to Ohio to see our team if they win their lawsuit.


Re: Aug. 9 article, “Texas’ No. 1 public high school is right here in Austin, list says.

Congratulations to Austin’s Liberal Arts & Science Academy on being named the No. 1 public high school in Texas by Niche. Job well-done.

On closer review, however, the top 4 schools on the list, including LASA, are all fully magnet schools — School of Science & Engineering (Dallas), School for the Talented & Gifted (Dallas), and the Carnegie Vanguard High School (Houston).

The first pure “full-service” high school on the list is No. 5 Westlake High School, which should be the true No. 1, in my opinion.


Many in the news media are describing Donald Trump in various ways.

Apparently immoral, intellectually brain-dead, politically inept. And they are correct. But, the media ignores the president’s great strength: his consistency. Faced with major decisions — NATO, the European Union, immigration, tariffs, transgendered members of the military and Russia to name a few — Trump makes the wrong choice every time.

This is an astonishing achievement. Pure reverse perfection! Do you realize how difficult it is to be invariably wrong? Even a donkey gets it right occasionally. Not Trump, not ever. Never. In this respect, Trump is as he often claims, “Truly amazing.”


Re: Aug. 9 article, “Texas education chief suggests paying higher-performing teachers more.”

The plan to pay more to teachers who teach in the “better” schools is ridiculous.

Yes, I believe that all teachers are underpaid. But, to reward those who teach in areas where the parents are educated and push their kids to do well — as opposed to those who teach in lower-income areas, where parents are mostly undereducated and must work rather than being home to help their kids — is very unfair.

Those are the teachers who should be paid more.


Just wondering: How much does it cost the American taxpayer every time President Trump spends a weekend at one of his own golf clubs?

Do our taxes pay for his room and board at his own hotels? Do our taxes pay for the large number of people who must accompany him, such as the Secret Service, White House staff and various personnel? I would also like to know who is paying for his political jaunts to campaign for Republicans. He has taken several of those lately and has announced that he plans on taking five or six a week from now on. Who is paying for the flights, Secret Service and staff on these political jaunts? Are campaign funds of the candidates paying for all of this, or are our taxes?

And, by the way, who is minding the store while he is constantly away playing golf and playing politics? Just wondering.


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