Thanks to Beto O’Rourke for his clear defense of players who take a knee during our national anthem. Players routinely take a knee when a player is injured on the field. Subjects kneel before their king or queen to show loyalty and respect. People of all faiths kneel at prayer. Kneeling is the opposite of being disrespectful.
Players taking a knee are showing respect for the injuries our country is enduring in these days of rising racism and nationalism. When trust of our police and neighbors is eroded, everyone becomes less safe.
The time for a call to return to treating each other with kindness and respect is now.
JOANN ROBISON, AUSTIN
I find myself expressing my incredulity about our senators’ positions over and over. If it’s not yet obvious to them that their wannabe dictator is unfit for his job, then clearly they are unfit for theirs.
Clean air — who needs it? Families together — why bother? Student loan oversight — what for?
The obvious answer to these questions is the present health and well-being of all — and for a future in which the focus is on kindness, morality and caring instead of more guns, pollution and broken hearts.
I listen to Beto O’Rourke and get chills. I listen to Ted Cruz and John Cornyn and I feel sick for those they so cavalierly choose to ignore.
And please, there must be no Brett Kavanaugh hearings until after the midterm elections.
GIOCONDA BELLONCI, AUSTIN
Why don’t we as residents of Austin have all the water we need and want? For how many decades has city staff known our future needs for water in relation to our seemingly never-ending growth? Why has no City Council nor mayor sought to limit growth based on our limited water supply? Why do we as residents tolerate inaction in acquiring additional water? Why is there no plan for additional water generally known to the public? Why is conservation the only answer we get from our city staff and elected officials?
Are you tired of doing without the water you want? Speak up! The elections are coming. Who will serve us?
DAVID BOWMAN, AUSTIN
Re: Aug. 24 commentary, “Herman: Trump and Cornyn, still a thing, but with conditions.”
Dear Ken Herman,
Why anyone would still be supporting President Trump is beyond me — and why you still find Sen. John Cornyn to be senatorial material is puzzling.
I’ll admit we used to see Cornyn as the kind of Republican we might vote for — but that was when he was more a traditional conservative, not a Trumpite. Trump and his administration are swimming in corruption, and Cornyn, in his refusal to stand against Trump’s erratic, disgusting and dangerous behaviors, is also up to his neck in the very dirty swamp.
As one who has put his political party over the welfare of our republic, and has violated his oath of office in doing so, Cornyn deserves nothing less than a vote to put him out of office as soon as possible. I agree that Cornyn is an intelligent man, and that makes his continuing refusal to stand against Trump’s corruption on so many fronts unforgivable.
MARY LEY, AUSTIN
Re: Aug. 26 Chan Lowe cartoon, “Judge Kavanaugh’s unique qualification for SCOTUS.”
The cartoon shows Brett Kavanaugh having a rug pulled out from under him, while wearing a sign saying, “Nominated by an unindicted co-conspirator.” You can’t rewrite history, Chan Lowe.
While Bill Clinton was being investigated, charged and eventually impeached, two — yes, two — Supreme Court justices were appointed and confirmed.
KENNETH K. EBMEIER, ROUND ROCK
Re: Aug. 22 article, “Trump plan to prop up coal industry could have little impact in Texas.”
When the Trump administration announced its latest plan to prop up the coal industry, Sen. John Cornyn was quick to praise the move, calling Obama-era clean energy regulations “a wet blanket on the Texas economy.”
According to the Statesman, however, the roll back of regulations “is likely to have little consequence in Texas.” At the same time, the Environmental Protection Agency’s own analysis predicts that the Trump plan will lead to tens of thousands of additional major asthma attacks and more heart attacks compared with the Obama plan.
Something’s a wet blanket, but it ain’t regulations.
Efforts to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels shouldn’t be framed as a threat to the Texas economy. Clean energy entrepreneurs like Joseph Kopser, who is running for congress in District 21, know that renewable energy and efficient technologies can be engines of economic growth — engines without all the soot and smog of coal-fired power plants.
PAIGE SCHILT, AUSTIN
Sen. John McCain said: “I hope we can again rely on humility, on our need to cooperate, on our dependence on each other to learn how to trust each other again and by so doing better serve the people … . We’ve been spinning our wheels on too many important issues because we keep trying to find a way to win without help from across the aisle. That’s an approach that’s been employed by both sides, mandating legislation from the top down, without any support from the other side, with all the parliamentary maneuvers that requires.”
The Senate majority ignores that advice, seeking to confirm a justice along party lines. Three justices have been approved by less than a 30-vote margin: Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito and Neil Gorsuch. Support for the court will be damaged if the Senate does not demand a nominee that can garner a 30- or 40-vote margin.
EDWARD SILHA, AUSTIN