Letters to the editor: Dec. 28, 2017


Re: Dec. 26 article, “Food isn’t the only warmth some homebound elderly receive for Christmas.”

Mary Huber’s story about Meals on Wheels food delivery on Christmas Day used the word “sacrificed” describing Christmas morning meal delivery.

I feel the word “sacrificed” is very inappropriate. My husband and I delivered meals — and we felt honored to deliver. It was far from a sacrifice.

I believe that each person that is involved with Meals on Wheels is proud, honored and thrilled to be involved with such an amazing organization. It was a wonderful way to celebrate Christmas — and I look forward to doing it again.

Thank you, Meals on Wheels, for all that you do.

DEBBIE SCHOBEY, AUSTIN

The new tax code will hardly desensitize our heart with respect to charitable giving.

My wife and I contribute a significant part of our disposable income to many different charities over the year — and we do that because want to help others in need or who are less fortunate. It has nothing to do with civic pride or a tax deduction. It is a principal and belief that we learned at a very young age: “It is better to give than to receive!’’

SCOTT BALAGUER, THE HILLS

Re: Dec. 24 commentary, “We may be seeing end of the middle class.”

The analysis written by Colorado State University professor Steven Pressman highlights the macro trends we all see happening much too slowly to realize the true detriment.

We’re in a financial global-warming scenario where small incremental changes continue to erode the social well-being of the United States. Even more sadly, “we the people” have elected the officials responsible for the financial carbon emissions creating this meltdown of the middle class.

I hope we all really take our next election seriously by buying less snake oil and unrealistic promises and look more carefully at the history facts highlighted by Pressman as an indicator of the future.

MICHAEL RICHTBERG, ROUND ROCK

Re: Dec. 24 commentary, “We may be seeing end of the middle class.”

I noticed in Steven Pressman’s article on the disappearing middle class that he says that the bulk of the $1.5 trillion cut in taxes will go the rich. Haven’t I seen that same figure — $1.5 trillion — as the amount that will be added to our country’s deficit? Is that the president’s idea of a “balanced budget?”

And, while the tax cuts for the businesses and the wealthy are permanent, my taxes — and probably yours — will actually go up in eight years.

So, if you are wondering who is going to pay for the tax cuts…

G. K. WOOD, ROUND ROCK

So, a bunch of folks are upset over the passing of this tax bill. I totally support their right to protest. Here is my recommendation: Write a letter to the president stating your protest and enclose a check for whatever amount of increase has occurred in your income. Do this monthly. We certainly don’t want to see you offended by having more money in your pocket.

MIKE COLLEY, UNIVERSAL CITY

Amid mounting sexual misconduct complaints, companies are saying they take these accusations very seriously.

No. They don’t. If they had taken them seriously, all of this would have come to light years ago as women would not have been afraid they wouldn’t be believed.

Now, companies are taking complaints seriously because they have been sweeping these accusations under the rug for years. So, companies, don’t pat yourself on the back too soundly. You just got caught, too.

SUZANNE PARDO, AUSTIN

Re: Dec. 26 Texas Digest item, “Officials: Mom admits suffocating her baby.”

Once again, an infant has died at the hands of a parent. There are women everywhere who cannot afford, are not ready, or otherwise do not want a pregnancy. Many of these women are unmarried. Generally, the fathers appear to be absent.

I do not understand why this country is strongly against woman making a choice to avoid pregnancy. Having sex is natural. We seem to evolve as humans knowing how to have sex. Yet, our schools refuse to teach our youth how to avoid pregnancy. Our country refuses to make birth control free and easily available to women who choose not to conceive, because the so-called “pro-lifers” are strongly against it. They glorify childbirth regardless of circumstances. It is an illogical choice.

We must teach our children how not to conceive. As a country, we must help make that possible with free birth control and the proper public education.

LEIGH VAN KIRK, AUSTIN

Austin has made a commitment to reduce our emissions of climate-changing gasses and to help demonstrate to the world that climate-cooling technologies are cheaper. The Austin City Council recently signed off on a deal to buy solar at 2.1 cents per kilowatt hour — a price so low that it’s now cheaper than electricity produced by natural gas. In 2015, the council approved a plan to buy 600 megawatts of solar by 2019.

The council approved an initial purchase of 450 megawatts. Austin’s leadership showed solar is so cheap that other Texas utilities are now building massive solar plants, too.

TOM “SMITTY” SMITH, AUSTIN

What kind of tax bill steals from children’s health care to give to the rich? And at Christmas time? What kind of so-called Christian does that? Stealing money from homeless vets at Christmas time?

Y’all make me sick. Our forefathers would be ashamed to call you Americans. The GOP has turned into a bunch of fake Christians.

From now on, when people think of red states, they’ll think of Putin-loving, immigrant-bashing commies. Not the blues-creating, neighbor-loving south of old, with hounds on the porch and good food for all. At this time of year, I would ask you to look into your hearts and ask, ‘What’s more important: making the rich richer or helping Tiny Tims?

MIKE LUTHER, LOCKHART



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