Letters to the editor: Aug. 28, 2018

Aug 27, 2018

Re: Aug. 20 commentary, “The fix to Texas’s doctor shortage lies abroad.”

I am writing to correct an assertion that Dr. G. Richard Olds made in his Aug. 20 commentary: “The fix to Texas’ doctor shortage lies abroad.”

Because of Texas’ attractive physician practice environment, our state has licensed record numbers of physicians for several years — at a pace even faster than our tremendous population growth. Texas continues to set new records for the number of physicians being added to the state’s workforce. These good doctors come from three sources: in-state physicians who completed their training, physicians from other states who move here, and international medical graduates.

So, while international medical graduates are an important contribution to our physician workforce, by no means have they been — nor will they be — the only source of physicians to care for Texas patients.

DOUGLAS W. CURRAN, TEXAS MEDICAL ASSOCIATION PRESIDENT, AUSTIN

Re: Aug. 20 commentary, “The fix to Texas’s doctor shortage lies abroad” and Aug. 20 article, “As first bell rings Monday, Mendez Middle School gets second chance.”

The author heads an offshore medical school in Grenada, St. George, where many students come from poor countries. Another article was about an Austin principal who was going above and beyond to find and help Hispanic and black kids to improve an Austin school that failed state academic standards for five consecutive years.

Seems to me the cost and effort to get Austin kids to be our doctors will be less than getting these foreign kids to be our doctors. Besides, these foreigners who become professional are needed in their home countries.

GERALD J. HIETPAS, AUSTIN

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

I agree with the author when he quotes: “I would meet with the most outlandish assertions from seemingly educated and intelligent persons.” His letter fits that description.

I don’t believe the assertion that “most of the press is merely a Nazi-like propaganda machine for the left.” “Most of the press” is trying to be objective most of the time.

My brother-in-law was born around the time Adolf Hitler was elected. Within a decade, his country and home were overrun by Nazis. He wonders how the Germans elected such a leader. Now, he sees the same thing happening here. Hitler lied consistently — and people believed the lies. President Trump lies 7.6 times per day — according to he Washington Post’s count — and people are believing the lies while GOP politicians are silent. When journalists point out the lies, it’s not propaganda.

Follow George Will’s advice in his June 22 column: Vote the Republicans into the minority. Every vote counts.

GUY ROLLINS, WIMBERLEY

Re: Aug. 22 article, “Study: Most pregnancy-related deaths in Texas could have been avoided.”

Thank you for highlighting the Texas Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Task Force’s finding that 80 percent of 2012 pregnancy-related deaths in the state could have been prevented.

In 2014, the U.S. Agency for International Development set a goal of saving the lives of 600,000 of those women by 2020 by reprioritizing existing efforts to ensure they reach women most in need with interventions proven most effective. Congress is considering the Reach Every Mother and Child Act, which would hold USAID accountable for achieving that goal and set a specific path toward success. Central Texas Reps. Michael McCaul and Lamar Smith are among 194 current House co-sponsors of this bipartisan legislation. Our senators and Reps. Lloyd Doggett, John Carter, Roger Williams, Bill Flores and Joaquin Castro should join them.

MARIAN J. BARBER, AUSTIN

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

The writer makes a comparison with the press continually calling out the changing stories, from President Trump regarding meetings his son had with the Russians, to payments to Playmates and porn stars, to constant insults about intelligence directed to minorities, to the Germans “believing the lie” during the fall of Berlin. I’m having a hard time making this connection, given that all these lies and changing stories are documented facts and really having nothing to do with political leanings.

And still, people like this writer appear behind Trump at rallies hearing, “What you’re seeing and what you’re reading is not what’s happening.” I’m glad the writer has read William L. Shirer’s work. I wonder if he’s also familiar with George Orwell’s “1984,” which seems to be a work that Trump has read to the extent that he can almost quote some of the most chilling parts. Any irony here?

MARK DENNIS, LAKEWAY

GOP representatives: You are still silent about Trump’s actions.

You are on the wrong side of history as you sell your souls for Republican National Committee and PAC money. Stand up for the rule of law and do the job Texans sent you to D.C. to do.

Provide checks and balances on this runaway presidency before President Trump’s vindictiveness puts our military men and women in harm’s way to deflect from himself. Speak up to support the Robert Mueller investigation and the rule of law. Speak out against campaign fraud.

KAREN GLYNN BISHOP, GEORGETOWN