Letters to the editor: Dec. 26, 2017


Re: Dec. 21 letters to the editor, “Limiting Drag traffic will make matters worse.”

A recent letter writer suggested that Cap Metro should invest in boring equipment and build an underground facility to avoid traffic woes in the future. This is not a fantasy solution. Many international cities have gone underground to take mass transit off main streets.

For example, Brisbane, the capital of Queensland, Australia, has miles and miles of tunnels dedicated to buses and urban trains.

Directly under the heart of down town they have constructed a transit exchange for both trains and buses. As a result, the urban core is a still a retail go-to target.

There is also a series of dedicated express bus corridors — for express buses only — that cater to the suburbs and eliminate many 1-person autos clogging the routes into the city.

Cap Metro may want to consider some of these “down under” traffic planning options for the future here.

TOM RANDALL, AUSTIN

Finding the funds to renew the Children’s Health Insurance Program needs to be much higher in Sen. Ted Cruz’s priorities. Especially with his “pro-life” views, it seems an obvious stance to take that the children in our state — and country — deserve life-saving vaccinations and preventative check-ups, regardless of their parents’ ability to pay. It’s a nonpartisan fact that health care costs are prohibitively expensive when compared to minimum wages across the country — and that no children should be dying of preventable diseases.

If children lose their health insurance, their families may not be able to vaccinate them. This could easily lead to wide-spread outbreaks of diseases that are rarely seen now. This shouldn’t be an issue that needs a complicated argument; we’re talking about saving children’s lives, which seems to be a cornerstone of conservative thought. I’m asking you to follow through on that and work to save children’s lives who are already here on earth.

ARIEL CARTER, MANCHACA

Re: Dec. 21 article, “Harvey towns say they feel forgotten.”

When I read the headline “Harvey towns say they feel forgotten,” before even reading a word of it, something flashed through my mind: I wonder how many of those people voted Republican?

If I had to guess, I would say a large portion of them probably did given their rural locations. So, what did they expect? You get what you vote for.

Can’t they pull themselves up by their own bootstraps, a favorite Republican mantra? What exactly is the governor saving that rainy day fund for? It seems to me that Hurricane Harvey could be classified as one. Perhaps in November 2018, these people will wake up and vote for people who actually care about them. Hint: Vote for you own self interests.

STEVE CANNON, AUSTIN

The Democratic Party needs to find its voice for reasoning — and once the party has identified that of voice of logic, it needs to exercise that voice in a reasonable tone without shouting down other people’s opposing views or opinions.

All too often, the Democratic operatives tend to use the infamous “race card” when they run out of reasonable arguments.

Just look at the recent headlines about the tax cuts. Columnist Will Bunch claims that the tax cut is the worst legislation since the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850. How can the Democratic party get any respect for that kind of logic?

The party needs to weed out its parrots who tend to say the same thing over and over again without any thoughts of what is said or read. Lyndon B. Johnson used the biblical quote, “Let us reason together.” That should be the starting point of any useful discussion.

VANCE BRADFORD, GIDDINGS

Our country was attacked — and Republicans are only interested in covering for President Trump and his administration. They have no interest in protecting our country or putting it before party. I call that treason. Republicans in Congress are actively trying to undermine our justice and legal system. Never in our history have we had lawmakers, legislators and media conglomerates intent on undermining the rule of law.

Our founding fathers never even entertained the idea that a Congress and a press would actively assist a hostile foreign government with the destruction of our democratic republic. Everyone one of them needs to be held accountable for his or her role in undermining our Republic — for the division they promote and the inequality they propagate. Our Constitution is under attack, and Republicans, who are in control of all branches of government, are responsible for allowing it to continue.

SANDRA BLANKENSHIP, KILLEEN



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