Letters to the editor: Feb. 22, 2018


If Congress has worked out a good compromise piece of legislation to resolve the situation for so-called “Dreamers” — and it isn’t to President Trump’s satisfaction — too bad. Congress is supposed to represent the will of the people, not the will of the president.

If Trump vetoes the bill, then our Constitution gives Congress the right to override that veto. It is truly sad that the GOP thinks it must only abide by Trump’s wishes.

JON HORNADAY, AUSTIN

Senators, I am not surprised but I am nonetheless disappointed in your lack of support for bipartisan resolution to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that is favored by a wide margin.

Your obstruction of the will of the people in deference to the will of the most unpopular and disgraceful U.S. president of modern times casts a shadow on leadership. It cheapens service to our country and reflects poorly on Congress.

DAVID HAMILL, AUSTIN

I have seen several letters now about political candidates with signs that do not indicate party affiliation. I notice that our local congressional representative is doing that.

But let’s be fair: He does not just represent the Republicans or Democrats. He is not limited to just one political party; he represents all rich Texans.

JAMES PETERSON, AUSTIN

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick says that Republicans and conservatives love the environment.

Then why do they always vote against all the bills that promote clean air and water? Check their voting records and see what hypocrites they are.

They also vote against protecting animals from abuse. Remember these things when you vote again.

DAN PISKORIK, MARBLE FALLS

Re: Feb. 17 letter to the editor, “Plenty of reasons not to expand military budget.

I agree wholeheartedly with the author of the subject letter. We spend far too much on our military — and our military presence throughout the world is far too great. Our military presence in the world is largely in support of the business interests of American corporate entities, not the defense or our nation and our people.

We need to stop supporting wars throughout the world and greatly reduce our military presence. In doing so, we should be able to afford to modernize our military, so we can better defend against the threats we face today, which are far different from the threats we faced during the Cold War.

This is not to say that we should become isolationist. Quite the contrary; we need to expand our role in world political affairs through the United Nations and treaty organizations like the global initiative to address climate change.

DAVID VANDEWALLE, WEST LAKE HILLS

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

When members of Congress and state legislatures look in the mirror, do they see the person staring back at them saying, “You helped kill those children. From Sandy Hook to Marjory Stoneman Douglas, you helped kill them all.”

If they have taken money from the National Rifle Association; if they have voted with the NRA against common-sense gun control measures; if they have never fought the NRA-paid politicians or fought for common-sense gun control, they most certainly helped kill these children and the brave adults who tried to protect them.

Murderers? They didn’t pull the triggers. Can they truthfully say they didn’t help point the guns? Bottom line, it seems they would rather see children murdered, than risk their jobs or their paychecks from the NRA.

DRU EDRINGTON, GEORGETOWN

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



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