Where is your outrage, President Trump? The Mueller investigation uncovered possibly the most concentrated effort at election tampering in our history, yet you seem strangely unfazed. In fact, your overriding emotion appears to be relief that you are personally exonerated.
A fair electoral process is the cornerstone of our democracy — and any threat to it must be met with an immediate response to prevent it from happening again. This is serious stuff. There has been much attention paid by Republicans (particularly Texas’ unique band of right-wingers) to voter fraud — primarily the fear that hordes of Latinos would sway elections toward Democrats. Now, having been given undeniable proof of election tampering by Russians, why aren’t you up in arms?
Here is the question those who voted for Trump should ask, particularly those who still believe he is doing a good job: Why would Russia prefer Donald Trump as our president?
ANN G. YOUNG, AUSTIN
I have voted in every election since I became eligible to vote. I have never been a single-issue voter. That is about to change.
This is my single issue: I can no longer stand by while elected officials at the national level content themselves with “thoughts and prayers” after every mass shooting committed with military-grade weapons. They don’t seem to be able to bring themselves to say no to the National Rifle Association.
While our elected officials do nothing, I am going to do something. I am going to withhold my vote from anyone who takes any money whatsoever from the NRA. I don’t care what other “good” things they are doing for the good of the country. Children are being slaughtered. If our elected officials cannot or will not do their jobs, we as voters must replace them with someone who can and will.
TRISH KARLI, AUSTIN
I just don’t know how I made it for 46 years as a small-business owner without the guidance of our City Council. These folks continue to outdo themselves in acting as our parents, our teachers, our spiritual leaders, our financial advisors, our regulators and our new best friends.
Here they are telling us how to operate our business while they have been unable to fill the numerous vacancies in their own business. Curious? I feel confident that our Texas legislators will change the game. What really irritates me is the arrogance of our council. Individually, maybe they are acceptable. Collectively, they are a huge burden for us taxpayers. Austin is a wonderful city, though we are perceived as a well-deserved joke by other cities.
My friends and I ask that the council concentrate on serious matters and keep their eye on the ball.
MIKE EDGAR, AUSTIN
This Republican primary is very important to Bastrop County. With no Democratic candidate running for Bastrop County judge, this primary will determine who will lead our county government for the next four years.
Based on proven leadership, management ability, personal integrity and executive experience, it is abundantly clear that we should re-elect County Judge Paul Pape.
EARL ELLISOR, BASTROP
Re: Feb. 14 article, “Austin school board to vote on renaming schools with Confederate ties.”
I would like Austin school board Trustee Ted Gordon to explain his comment: “There is a direct connection to John H. Reagan and the fact our black kids are doing 30 and 40 points worse on math and reading.” It just doesn’t compute.
I suggest most kids at the school don’t even know who the man was. As the Confederate postmaster general, I doubt he had much influence on anyone’s knowledge of math and reading. Also, I suggest changing the name to Ronald Reagan High School. If for no other reason, it will save funds on name changes.
MIKE KERNAN, AUSTIN
If purging of school names is done by the school board, the names Sam Houston, James Fannin, Jim Bowie and William B. Travis should be purged, given that these men owned slaves.
Moreover, Austin High School should be renamed Waterloo High School, the name of our city before it became “Austin.” Stephen Austin condoned slavery as necessary for the economy. Therefore, his reputation is tainted and his name should be removed.
M. HILL, AUSTIN
In light of the gun violence and mental-health spin, how many veterans with PTSD stand to lose their Second Amendment rights? Talk about a “trigger.”
I am reregistering as an independent voter. I’m tired of following these so-called “leaders” down the road to Armageddon. I wish everyone would make that statement before the next circus.
WILLIAM POWELL, AUSTIN
In the 30-plus years I worked for the city of Round Rock, primarily as the director of planning, I had the privilege of knowing many of our elected public servants. Each elected official dedicated countless hours of public service to better their community. Some just had the desire to serve. Others not only wanted to serve, but brought unique professional skills and knowledge that made special contributions to our community. Frank Leffingwell is one of these leaders.
He brought dedication, knowledge, and talents that he applied to both the Round Rock Planning and Zoning Commission and the Round Rock City Council.
Leffingwell’s financial knowledge and expertise, his ability to build consensus, and his leadership skills are what would make him an excellent Williamson County Judge. I urge you to vote for Leffingwell.
And, before you vote, I encourage you to educate yourself on what a county judge does and doesn’t do.
JOE VINING, ROUND ROCK