Re: July 14 article, “Army: Quality of life, tech culture helped Austin land Futures Command.”
I’m saddened and outraged to learn that the U.S. Army has selected Austin as home to its new Futures Command center.
Perhaps more sickening is hearing U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett say: “Austin fits the mission as a city of innovation — a community that promotes creativity, entrepreneurship and diversity.”
Austin’s values of peace, social justice, inclusivity and creativity do not align with making money off the U.S. war economy. We don’t need more military jobs and weapons of war; we need to invest more in public education, universal health care, sustainable infrastructure and green jobs — anything but weapons of war and mass destruction.
Dr. King once said, “A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death.” When will the war machine stop? Perhaps, only when we can revitalize and strengthen the anti-war and peace movements.
MARK MCKIM, AUSTIN
As I have watched World Cup matches over the past weeks, I have noticed that most — if not all — the players, coaches and fans of the many diverse countries of the world represented actually sing their national anthem. Whereas in the U.S., it appears that this has been tasked to a professional singer, and most players and Americans do not sing.
I feel that this is an unfortunate disgrace, especially since there is so much negativity about the few players who have chosen to kneel during the national anthem.
When I grew up in a Protestant church, it was a positive thing to kneel. I think that there is a lot of unfortunate misunderstanding and misinterpretation about the acts of these sports players. Why are our leaders not focused on encouraging all Americans to sing our national anthem?
AL GILES, AUSTIN
Donald Trump’s actions — or lack thereof — in his meeting with Vladimir Putin were further evidence that he has shallow, if any, concern for our nation. He seems intent on trying to impress — or at least not offend — someone he fears.
Given the recent report from the Department of Justice, he should have made discussion of election interference priority one inthe meeting.
If his lack of action is not an impeachable offense, it is nonetheless offensive to America and Americans.
I ask Congressman John Carter and Sens. Ted Cruz and John Cornyn to raise their voices in censure of a man elected not by the people but by the Electoral College.
TIM WRIGHT, GEORGETOWN
So, Comrade Trump tells us Putin was “strong and powerful” in his denial of any Russian involvement in our elections. And he believes him. Makes you proud, doesn’t it?
Our intelligence community agrees that Russia did interfere in the 2016 election — and, yet, here is our president agreeing with our arch enemy and completely undermining our intelligence services. Odd, isn’t it, that Trump embraces this former head of the KGB, and that maniac in North Korea while insulting and demeaning our most trusted allies in areas such as France, England and Germany?
Trump’s “summit” with Putin was so entirely disgraceful that even some Republican leaders were shocked. The only question now is what marching orders did Putin give to his lackey Trump? When will the next shoe drop?
DENNIS PRATT, GEORGETOWN
Some people seem surprised and confused by Putin and Trump having two-hour, one-on-one, opaque meeting. They seem not to understand that employer-employee performance review conferences are often conducted in such a format.
Trump’s sycophantic demeanor, along with the fact that Putin kept Trump waiting prior to the meeting, seems to corroborate who is the employer.
TERRY LEIFESTE, AUSTIN
Texas leads in renewable energy exemplified by Innergex, a Canadian corporation developing a 250-megawatt solar project in Winkler County, planning to sell enough energy to ERCOT by 2019 to power 53,000 households. Texans can take economic advantage of our abundance of natural resources by supporting a price on carbon that accelerates investment in renewable energy.
There is currently resistance to legislative solutions like carbon pricing. Reps. Lamar Smith and Roger Williams are among the co-sponsors of Louisiana Rep. Steve Scalise’s anti-carbon tax resolution, which limits the conversation about climate solutions. A fee on carbon emissions with a dividend to all Americans is easily confused with a tax. However, a carbon fee and dividend policy is a revenue-neutral and market-based approach supported by economists, businesses and leaders across the political spectrum.
Our representatives should table this resolution and instead consider accelerating Texas toward a healthy economy with a national carbon fee and dividend policy.
THERESA MELOMO, AUSTIN