Re: Jan. 28 article, “Texas Republican Party votes to censure House Speaker Joe Straus.”
In light of the recent censuring of Texas House Speaker Joe Straus by his fellow Republicans, I would instead like to thank him for saving my and fellow Texas taxpayers’ dollars by tabling several Senate bills last session.
Those bills — concerning fetuses, bathrooms, wombs and so on — are clearly unconstitutional. By tabling them, he kept Attorney General Ken Paxton from spending years in courtrooms in his efforts to defend them. Consequently, those tax dollars might instead be put to more meaningful uses, such as infrastructure or education. One can hope, right?
JOHN LA CLAIRE, AUSTIN
Re: Jan. 30 article, “Audit: Major lack of oversight in city financial assistance program.”
In the movie, “Evita,” there is a scene where Madonna, who plays Argentina’s former first lady, capriciously hurls stacks of money from the window of a moving train to people waving to her by the tracks. That’s an apropos visual for what the auditor found in the case of Austin’s savings plan grant money.
How fortunate that management of the department in charge can recognize the opportunity presented to them by the city audit. Otherwise, how could they know about a little oversight problem with grant funds? It’s a big responsibility. It wasn’t a problem for Evita.
KAREN STONE, AUSTIN
Re: Jan. 22 commentary, “Two views: Why Supreme Court should rule against bag ban,” Jan. 25 article, “Harsh penalty unlikely for Texas judge who gave jury advice from God,” and Jan. 24 article, “Ted Cruz says he’s opposed shutdowns, but he hasn’t always.”
In trying to grasp what is meant by “Texas exceptionalism.” Some events of this past week have helped.
The Think Local Liberty director explains that plastic bags are commonly understood to be waste materials and therefore it is illegal for cities to ban them. It is apparently further to be commonly understood that local governments are undeserving of “local liberty.”
A Texas judge interrupts jury deliberations, saying that God told him the defendant is not guilty. The judge is expected to keep his job.
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz receives his ninth “Pants on Fire” rating for stating, “I have consistently opposed shutdowns.”
When I moved to Texas, I was told by my neighbors that those in charge of Texas did not care about them. Perhaps they weren’t “exceptional” enough. Looks like you must operate with a special set of definitions, a direct line to God and no compunction about lying.
SUSAN JOHNSON, AUSTIN
Child Protective Services is supposed to prevent things such as the terrible abuse suffered by the Turpin children, first in Texas than in California. But this family lived in a good neighborhood and neighbors don’t complain about quiet families even if they are strange.
If there ever were children that needed CPS it was the Turpin children but CPS was down in the lower income neighborhoods taking children out of homes because the parents smoked pot. Since social workers need a degree most come from middle-income families who’d live in the Turpin’s neighborhoods. What CPS needs are aides, as schools have, who have no degree but have “walked a mile in my shoes” as applied to families whose children are subject to being put in foster care. Their insight into the necessity of taking the children away from their parents would be invaluable.
BARBARA BOYNE, LAGO VISTA
Re: Jan. 26 letter to the editor, “Trump haters should take in immigrants.”
In response to the letter suggesting anyone who doesn’t like Trump should take in immigrants — and even though there’s enough of us that this might actually solve the immigration issue — I’d like to counter that we’ll take in immigrants when you forced-birthers start adopting all these children you insist that people have.
It appears that there’s no civil right you’re not willing to overturn during the pregnancy — but once they’re born it’s, “You’re on your own baby; get a job.”
In the words of “dear leader,” this is just sad.
MIKE LOOBY, ROUND ROCK
Re: Jan. 27 letter to the editor, “Trump apologist suffers from Obama amnesia.”
For the writer to claim President Obama got the same treatment as President Trump requires the adoption of a new term — “fake letters to the editor.” Jimmy Kimmel and Stephen Colbert open every program by claiming Trump is a scumbag idiot while Obama was brought on to their programs to garner praise. Obama received praise for the crease in his pants while Trump was chastised for the length of his tie.
Though Republicans often opposed the components of Obama’s agenda, they never sought impeachment. Meanwhile, the Democrats have already introduced five articles of impeachment against Trump. While the right called Obama unwise in many of his decisions and goals, Democrats have declared Trump suffers from mental illness.
LARRY VOLKENING, HOUSTON