Letters to the editor: Feb. 22, 2018

There are over 3 million dogs in shelters nationwide, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Of those, 670,000 are euthanized each year. Adoption is crucial in saving lives and appears trendy these days, especially in Austin. But consider this: Of those 3 million dogs in shelters, 360,000 are senior dogs.

Senior dogs are less likely to get adopted; their adoption rate is just 25 percent compared to their younger counterparts at 60 percent. Those wanting to adopt a dog should first consider a senior dog; they are already house trained, know basic commands and are much calmer and well-behaved than puppies.

My senior rescue just celebrated the one-year mark with our family — and it was a great decision. His personality was fully formed, and we knew he would fit right in. The greatest reason to adopt a senior dog is that you may just save a life. I know I did.


Isn’t it ironic? Amazon, the leader in pushing brick-and-mortar retail to its demise, now declares it needs an old-school, brick-and-mortar HQ to continue.

Why don’t they let everyone work from wherever, conference via video and drone-deliver what’s needed? We were told long ago that was the future. Makes me think that either Amazon is greatly fudging its local workforce numbers or they’re just a “Prime” example of corporate hypocrisy.


Lost in the sad, discouraging political debate about the children illegally brought to this country through no fault of their own is the cost-benefit analysis by the Brookings Institute:

• Cost to keep Dreamers here: $0

• Cost of Immigration and Customs Enforcement: $5 billion

• Loss of tax income: $2 billion

• Cost to deport 800,000 Dreamers at $12,500 each: $10 billion

• Cost to keep: $0

We need to keep the Dreamers. They are an important asset to this country.


The mass murders at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School will not be solved with more gun control laws; the repulsive attacks will not be solved with more guns. The acronym ALICE — alert, lockdown, inform, counter, evacuate — is not working.

Change ALICE to ALIVE, where the v stands for “vigilant.” School teacher qualifications need to include the properly trained teachers, like police, who are armed and willing to run toward the gunfire, not hide under a desk. Sorry, but it has come to that.


Re: Feb. 20 photo with article, “Trump backs stronger gun background checks,” and Feb. 20 article, “Shooting puts pressure on Florida lawmakers.”

Thank you for putting the photo of the students joining in a “lie-in” outside the White House on the front page of the paper. Hoorah to those students packing buses to go to Tallahassee and confront their Florida legislators about making changes to the gun control laws.

These students have a right to be heard and recognized as survivors of a mass murder. They will inherit a nation with thousands of problems waiting to be solved. But, right now, they’re hurting and they’re angry — and I hope they continue to be vocal in their demands for better gun control. This is going to be their world; they should continue to be politically active, so they can better prepare for it.


Re: Feb. 17 commentary, “Texas alcoholic beverage laws are complex for good reason.”

Recent “David versus Goliath” arguments regarding the Texas Alcoholic Beverage laws were of great interest to me because of my past 55 years of brewery-wholesaler management experience in the malt beverage industry.

Our industry must never let the profit motive blind us to the fact that we are dealing in a product subject to abuse and cannot therefore act with the freedom of other industries that sell toothpaste, soap or potatoes. Alcohol does alter behavior.

Our industry must not only be reconciled to operating under restrictive laws, but we must strive positively to help achieve the purposes of those laws. If we fail, the public reaction could be to restrict or withdraw the privilege to brew and sell our products. This privilege is conditional on the observance of laws designed to preserve essential social values. Consequently, our industry is held to a more restrictive standard of legality than any other.


Re: Feb. 17 commentary, “I’ll spend my senior year getting my dad out of ICE custody.”

While we all can understand the sadness and heartaches the young lady is going through, there is one glaring omission in her piece: Her father must be here illegally. He has been willfully breaking the laws of our nation for the past 12 years based upon her words. Why does one assume that this is OK?

The dad sounds like a great person — but he, like all of us that immigrated here legally — must do things the proper way or face the consequences. We must be a nation of laws and law-abiding citizens or we are nothing.


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