Letters to the editor: Jan. 20, 2018


It is appalling the disrespect being shown to President Trump. The left, liberals and Democrats have turned a blind eye to the corrupt leadership shown during the eight years of Obama and the Democrats. President Trump has done very well so far.

It is very apparent that the Democratic party’s leadership does not want Trump to succeed and they do not care about the cost to their constituents. If Democrats would work with him, so much could be done. It’s time for term limits for Congress. These senators and representatives in their 80s need to step down; we need new blood.

Democrats advocate government control and keeping welfare alive; that’s demeaning. Everyone deserves a chance to better themselves.

CAROLYN THIBODAUX, ROUND ROCK

Re: Jan. 17 article, “Austin trustee calls out peers over Confederate school names in MLK speech.”

While I appreciate Ted Gordon’s service on our school board, I do not appreciate his comments about his partners’ stand on renaming many of our schools. I also am offended by his calling Confederate soldiers traitors. I had relatives in both forces. Some died! So goes history.

Back to my point. I ask that Gordon spend his time trying to make our students smarter (improve test scores), improve graduation rates, get parents more involved with their kids’ development, improve teacher morale, protect the taxpayers’ investment, and stop trying to rekindle the very sensitive issue of rewriting history.

I further suggest that our school board forget about renaming any school until our statistics improve dramatically. Get serious about your main objective, and that ain’t renaming schools. If Gordon and his colleagues find that unacceptable, resign. Our students and taxpayers, like me deserve better! So, Gordon, just do the job — quietly! Amen!

MIKE EDGAR, AUSTIN

Re: Jan. 17 article, “Austin trustee calls out peers over Confederate school names in MLK speech.”

Consistency in ridding public institutions of names presumably offensive to the majority demands that we change our city’s name, since Stephen F. Austin owned slaves. But it would be far more expensive, not to say disruptive, than changing the names of a few schools.

The solution is simple: Boldly claim that Austin is no longer named for a slave-owning, imperialistic land-grabber (who probably did some other bad stuff, too). Instead, we proclaim that Austin is named for someone else. We have the perfect candidate. No doubt you’re with me already. He’s got the right last and first name. He’s “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, the wrestler and actor. This fits our city’s image — weird, vaguely proletarian-friendly and supportive of the arts.

RICHARD QUEEN, AUSTIN

Re: Jan. 14 article, “A trapper’s life: Pursuing animals and the outdoors.”

This article made me sick to my stomach. There is no rationale for this outdated practice. Nuisance animals, really?

If you ask me, the nuisance animal is man. Coyotes, gray foxes and bobcats have just as much right to exist as the crops or livestock, and their habitats predate. Those beautiful coats belong on the animals, not hanging as a testimony to the misguided ideas of a Daniel Boone wannabe. And trapping is a cruel, inhumane practice.

Shame on Dan Hepker.

CHERIE KING, WIMBERLEY

Amazing. That’s all I can say for the four council members who voted for the amendment to alleviate the huge traffic flow on Apache Mountain Lane.

These four people have devoted hours to studying this issue and made the difficult and unpopular choice of voting for the safety and peace of the community. The truly amazing part is that I am not in their district. These dedicated people voted to do the right thing.

Good news like that is rare these days.

CAROL RYAN, GEORGETOWN

Re: Jan. 15 article, “White House: Trump misquoted on Kim.”

The headline reads: “White House: Trump misquoted on Kim.” The president called it “fake news,” saying that he never said, “I probably have a good relationship with Kim Jong Un.”

Nevertheless, recordings reveal that is exactly what he said. Now Trump’s response is that is not what he meant to say, so it’s fake news anyway. Now, I suppose the news media is supposed to read his mind and determine what he meant to say. This is really crazy.

MIKE HARKINS, AUSTIN

Congress must censure the president for his racist remarks. If he makes America “great” — white — again, the U.S. will look like “Leave It to Beaver,” and Sen. Ted Cruz will be forced to resign for descending from the wrong ethnic tradition.

My father and uncles risked their lives to fight for freedom and against fascism in World War II I find it horrific that the freedoms for which that heroic generation fought are now being eroded by the politicians who pretend to represent me.

It’s time to stop blatant racism, the secret bribery and corrupt allegiance to another natural enemy of freedom: Russia. It’s time to stop Trump’s kleptocracy and fire sale of the government. Our Congressional leadership’s inaction, and their placing party loyalty over and above the duty to defend the Constitution, incriminates all of them.

MASON WEST, AUSTIN

The president had better hope neither he or any of his relatives live long enough to be residents in a long-term care center. My spouse is and has been in two different rehabilitation and care centers since March of last year: one in Austin and the second in Coppell. Many of the nurses and aides in both centers are from one of those 53 “shithole” African countries like Nigeria. The residents include both “private pay” and Medicaid funded.

CHARLES AKEY, AUSTIN



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