The lawsuit by Laredo Merchants Association on the single-use bag bans flies in the face of reality.
The fundamental is the effect of the ban, not the canard of inconsistent regulation. Within two weeks of Austin’s bag ban, we no longer saw white plastic bags in every creek, on every fence. I have never seen a more effective government action.
It is impossible to ignore that the right believes in local control — if the people do not deviate from Republican orthodoxy. We need to keep the bag ban and get the state out of our local decisions on waste.
TOM CUDDY, AUSTIN
Re: Jan. 11 article, “Austin district hunts for partner to turn around Mendez Middle School.”
When Mendez Middle School was built 31 years ago in beautiful South Austin, I along with other caring parents were truly elated that we now had a school for minority children to attend, etc. So, I now get word that this school may have to shutdown due to it not meeting the state’s educational measures! My fatherly input is to please listen to the teachers, parents and neighbors within the district who want to be heard/assisted by reliable educational partners.
Finally, I’m thankful for the name given to the school in 1987 — Consuelo Herrera Mendez Middle School. let it be known that this education caring lady, the late Ms. Herrera was my first teacher at Zavala Elementary School in our beloved East Austin in 1937. She’ll never be forgotten!
MOSES P. SALDANA SR., AUSTIN
The calls for Medicaid recipients to work as a requirement for receiving government aid seems oddly targeted.
I have several friends living off their family’s real estate portfolios. They do not work — at all. Yet, a significant portion of their wealth and income is due to special real estate tax breaks funded by taxpayers.
Where are the outraged howls for these loafing chiselers to be productive, working members of society to receive government handouts?
GARY PRICE, AUSTIN
Re: Jan. 14 article, “Marry a laptop? Polygamy? Gay marriage sees a new wave of attacks.”
Chris Sevier and opponents of gay rights fail to recognize one fact that always comes up in court: Marriage requires consent from both parties.
A laptop cannot consent to marriage. An animal cannot consent to marriage. Only two consenting adults can get married. It’s a shame the bigots can’t grasp this simple fact. A marriage to a laptop would be a forced marriage, since one of the parties is unable to consent. A forced marriage is no marriage.
KEVIN HICKS, LAKEWAY
Re: Jan. 15 article, “Austin ISD trustee blasts board for stalling Confederate name removals.”
Changing school names of anyone connected to slavery is not going far enough. As a woman, I request that Austin school district administrators conduct background checks of all men who have schools named for them — and to change those names if the bearer was guilty of acts against women, such as bigamy, violence, discrimination or misogyny in any form.
Background checks of Stephen F. Austin, Davy Crockett, James Bowie, William B. Travis and contemporary and local men would reveal which school names should be revised to remove these men from our historical memory.
MARY HILL, AUSTIN
What Norwegian would want to come to this country? In Norway, they have a longer life expectancy; they have healthcare from birth to death; they have free college education after an excellent public education system.
“Our” president is making misogynistic and profane language into everyday speech. Evangelicals helped to elect this reject from God’s creation; could even God help us?
THE REV. JOHN F. YEAMAN, AUSTIN
I want the Robert Mueller investigation to continue. As a Texan, I expect the law to be upheld. I am disappointed by the president’s disregard for American values and traditions. I want to know that my beloved country is being protected against hostile attacks on our freedom.
I believe Russia demonstrated an intent to do harm to the pride of America: a fair, democratic election. I trust the institution of our department of justice.
As a sociology student, I learned that our institutions are the foundation of our society. I ask our congressional delegation to do everything they can to defend them. Show us you honor them, so that we can honor them, too.
Please do not allow the president to pardon key witnesses to collusion with Russia or continue to smear the FBI and law enforcement officials for investigating Russian meddling. Please defend our country.
BECKY JONES, CEDAR PARK
President Trump continually demonstrates that he has no regard for facts. He seems to believe a point of information is true if it suits his fancy at a given moment — or if it can be used in some way to benefit himself, his family or his company.
Our democracy requires a fact-based president. Our president must be able to: sift facts from spin and wishful thinking; put facts together to get a full picture of an issue; develop cogent policies accordingly; and retain facts for longer than a news cycle. A recent case in point was Trump’s inability to display meaningful understanding of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act and its reauthorization vote.
The Texas delegation has the constitutional duty to find out who is running the executive branch, inform the people, and consider impeachment — as Trump cannot fulfill or has abdicated his Article II duties.
DAYLIA VAUGHAN, AUSTIN