Letters to the editor: Jan. 8, 2017


Re: Jan. 1 article, “Dog bite case makes it to the Texas Supreme Court.”

I don’t get it. We have a dog-bite case that might jeopardize our military, even the defense of our country, and the potential payment of $1 million to the victim — all because the victim is a civilian “administrative clerk” working on a military base in a potential war zone. Should the base be attacked, this clerk cannot return fire but must be taken out of harm’s way.

In the U.S. Army, I was chief administrator for classified documents for only field-grade officers. But I also had earned a Sharpshooter medal and, like all soldiers, was fully trained for combat. If a K-9 had mauled me, I’d have gotten medical treatment and returned to duty. So, I ask, why the hell did our military place a civilian in a war zone?

MERRILL WHITEHEAD, WIMBERLEY

Re: Jan. 3 article, “Police union backs detective who was faulted in Greg Kelley case.”

The Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas’ support of Detective Chris Dailey is beyond comprehension. How can they honestly defend his sloppy investigation? It’s makes one question the integrity of police unions everywhere.

Any reasonable person can see where Dailey failed in his duty. He didn’t interview other parents, other children or other male students in the residence. He didn’t inspect the room where the crime was supposedly committed. It was a sloppy investigation. I could have done better.

Dailey is an embarrassment to good officers — and CLEAT gives a bad name to police unions everywhere.

I pray there is more integrity in the group charged with the final disposition of Greg Kelly’s case.

ANN T. RUIZ, PFLUGERVILLE

Re: Dec. 31, Jan. 3 and Jan. 4 commentary, “Viewpoints Q&A: We ask the Austin City Council about CodeNext in 2018.

In your questions to Austin’s council members regarding CodeNext, you forgot the most important one: Is there any evidence this idea will work? Is there any example — any case study — showing increased density will lower housing prices and improve traffic? I can’t find one. Neither can my council member. Google it yourself.

In every instance, greater density always increased home prices and worsened traffic. Who wants that?

Many of the council members extolled the huge benefits to come with the acceptance of CodeNext. They promised people could live wherever they wanted, and traffic would — poof! — magically disappear. And yet, there’s no track record of this ever happening. If facts were on their side, I’d seriously consider their proposal — but all I’ve seen so far is wishful thinking. Do we really want to bet the future of our beautiful city on pie-in-the-sky fantasies?

GEORGE BRONNER, AUSTIN

I am terrified that someone with the unilateral ability to launch nuclear weapons is so glib and willing to threaten to use them. We should expect better from the leader of the free world.

We have supported or instituted regime change in other nations for far less. I urge our legislators to invoke the 25th Amendment — this behavior is a clear sign of unfitness.

DAN BIVENS, ROUND ROCK

Re: Jan. 3 article, “Cornyn: Trump’s tweets undermine agenda, but gains still made.”

I’m not sure what bubble Sen. John Cornyn is living in, but perhaps he needs to burst it and join those of us who are not millionaires or billionaires and not in favor of the recent tax bill the Republicans just passed. This bill, in addition to making the rich richer, effectively takes away health insurance for millions and increases premiums for all who desire to have health insurance coverage.

The Republicans have done everything to keep Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals from being taken care of and Sen. Orrin Hatch has already said there are no federal funds for the Children’s Health Insurance Program. It appears the funding will be from destroying Social Security and Medicare.

Several federal judges have been approved but look at them. Qualified judges nominated by President Obama at least had some vetting by fellow lawyers and they had actually been in a courtroom but the Republicans blocked them.

GLADYS KENNEDY, GEORGETOWN

To begin with, every intelligence agency in the country agrees that Russia meddled in our election — but our president will not stand up for his country and confront the Russians.

And Trump with morals? I couldn’t stop laughing, as Donald Trump is completely bereft of any morality.

And yes, Bill Clinton was far from being an altar boy — but at least he never bragged about committing sexual assault like Trump has.

DAVE EASTERWOOD, AUSTIN

Question: If a carbon tax is an effective way to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions, why don’t we have one? Answer: A carbon tax would be regressive, meaning the highest burden falls on those with lower incomes.

Question: Can this be fixed? Answer: Yes, if each year all the money from the tax is returned to Americans in the form of an equal dividend, the system becomes progressive. Research the Citizens Climate Lobby’s Carbon Fee and Dividend.

JEFF BAKER, AUSTIN

I am tired of hearing that “Donald Trump was elected president by the American people.” Face it: Hillary Clinton was elected president by the people. Trump was elected by the electoral college, which gives more weight to some votes than to others. We do not have a truly democratic election for the highest office in the land, and we will not have one until the electoral system is abolished.

JUDITH MCDOWELL, GEORGETOWN



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