It is unconscionable that Gov. Greg Abbott prolonged Kent Whitaker’s agony by waiting until the last possible hour to announce his decision. Kent Whitaker has suffered more than his share of emotional trauma.
Abbott should have had the human decency to take a few minutes away from campaigning to consider and honor this request. It was truly upsetting that no one in the governor’s office would even speak to this suffering father or his attorney.
PAT RUETER, AUSTIN
Re: Feb. 21 article, “Round Rock nonprofit ensures happy birthdays for all.”
Today, communities should follow the example that Sharing Happy Birthdays demonstrates for us: providing help for kids who are less fortunate. These kids are struggling, they’re trying to make it from one day to the next, they’re waiting for their next meal and affection. They’re also trying to survive the violence that surrounds them in certain neighborhoods.
However, in their darkest hour, Suzanne Gladden and Sharing Happy Birthdays step in and brighten their day. Today, in a world surrounded by a lot of negativity such as shootings, hurricane damage and kidnappings, this kind of news is what this society needs. Communities can use this information to be inspired to help any other kids in trouble, and they can use this to hope that everything is not lost.
NATHANAEL CARD, ROUND ROCK
I read about the City Council passing a law that will require all businesses in Austin to provide sick pay for their employees. If they do not provide the sick pay they will be fined in increasing amounts until they comply with the new ordinance.
As long as I have lived in Texas I have read about the traffic problems in Austin. I presume that the majority of the problem is in the morning and evening rush hours. With the implementation of this law, the City Council will eliminate this problem. Businesses will just move out of the city. The only traffic will be the people leaving the city to go to work, and since there will not be any businesses in the city, there will be no reason to travel into Austin. Traffic problem solved. Way to go, City Council.
JOHN THOMPSON, GEORGETOWN
Re: Feb. 21 article, “No apology for prime minister’s remarks about the Holocaust.”
As a people, we must become more aware of the past in order to protect the future. The recent comments made by Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki concerning Poland’s apparent innocence during World War II and the atrocities committed against the Jewish people should be a red flag.
The indifference other countries held toward Germany after World War I is one of the main reasons why Hitler could rise to power and Germany could become the military behemoth it was. This same mistake cannot be repeated.
History is rife with lessons to be learned and applied so we no longer have to live in the broken world we are in today. Every battle, every election, every event should bring us one step closer to a perfect world. While world peace is practically impossible, it should be the goal we strive for.
JOHNNY GRAHAM, CEDAR PARK
Now the advocates of all guns for all people at all costs are suggesting that the solution is to arm our teachers.
Arm them with what, handguns? We wouldn’t even consider arming our soldiers with only a handgun and sending them into battle against an enemy armed with AR-15s. Why? Because it’s obviously stupid. Could it be that for some, the profits and political kickbacks of the gun lobby really are more valuable than the lives of the victims?
Once you cut through the false logic of today’s NRA and its worshipers, they really are saying that the victims’ lives don’t matter. To them I say, spare us your insincere prayers and get out of the way while sane people limit access to assault rifles.
JOHANNES BRINKMANN, AUSTIN
I find it completely unconscionable that we don’t protect our most precious resource, our children, in our schools. Why do we have armed guards for our money but not our children?
If those marching on Washington for gun control want to do something truly useful to stop this horrific problem, they should immediately write their school boards and local officials demanding that trained, armed security be provided full time at every school. If they don’t, then they are not interested in protecting the lives of our children, but simply making their political statement.
It’s ridiculous that someone can walk into a school and destroy lives in five classrooms on two floors, using any kind of weapon, and then leave unchallenged. How many more times will we allow this to happen while we debate gun control and mental health for decades to come?
LARRY KNEPPER, CEDAR PARK