Letters to the editor: Dec. 12, 2017


Re: Dec. 7 letter to the editor, “Invest in public safety when waste is cut.”

A reader complains about the police as she observed some members in less than “combat” mode in public.

The public can not know why law enforcement officers are in any place. They may have been dispatched to a certain location or activity because of previous crimes occurring at that location, or they may have received tips that something is about to happen there. Does she expect an officer feigning interest in an Austin Pets Alive dog to whisper to her that he is actually keeping an eye on a drug dealer who is rumored to make a considerable transaction close by?

The sight of uniformed law enforcement agents and marked vehicles is in itself a deterrent to crime. Interaction with the public is good community relations; they can observe more when they are stationary than driving by at 60 mph. By all means, I want high visibility. You should, too.

MOLLY SHANNON, AUSTIN

Is America becoming a banana republic? We’re evolving into a one-party system that is primarily responsive to a wealthy class. The GOP makes no bones about its idea of giving more assistance those who are already wealthy. The sham of “trickle down” is a probability theory requiring childlike innocence to believe, similar to Pinocchio, especially the lie element.

Only in a banana republic would you have a president bragging of his special liberty with women, or an aspiring U.S. senator associated with being sexually deviant with underage girls. Many of our leaders have no better morals than a dictator. What about the morals of the voters supporting these candidates with no ethics? As a writer suggests: “Patriots don’t place party before country.”

The voters had no say on the tax gift for the rich; we can have a say at the midterm vote.

ROBERT WHITE, ROUND ROCK

Re: Dec. 7 article, “House Republicans push through bill expanding gun owners’ rights.”

Recently, U.S. Rep. John Carter, you voted to allow concealed carry permits to be recognized across state lines. The argument being that it’s a constitutional right.

Are you aware of the requirements some states have for concealed carry? For example, here are the Alabama requirements to get a gun permit:

  • No safety training required.
  • Does not have to be 21.
  • Can be a convicted stalker.
  • Can have DUI convictions.
  • Can have convictions for violence.
  • No background check required on private gun sales.

How is that acceptable? And a person who got their permit in Alabama would be allowed to carry in Texas?

So, why did you vote for this bill?

RAMON TELLES JR., AUSTIN

I don’t understand our law relative to sexual harassment and abuse. Every day, I read about someone being removed from their jobs because of sexual harassment. I can’t believe all these people are being taken out of their jobs for doing the same thing.

Does one have to touch another person? Does one have to attempt sex? Does one have to penetrate? Women are coming forward saying former president George H.W. Bush patted them on the fanny. To me that is less severe than penetration. It appears all of these people are being forced out of their jobs no matter how severe the charge.

What is going to happen next? Can looking at a female’s breasts be sexual harassment? I think decisions are being made without regard to the severity of the case. Would someone that knows the law please explain?

LAWRENCE HOLLAND, GEORGETOWN



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