Letters to the editor: July 3, 2018


I see there are 2,646 officers and support personnel of the Austin Police Department. Two of the best must be Sarah Foster and Doug Broadwater.

On June 23, my wife and I had a blowout on Texas 71 at the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport exit. Cars were zooming by at seemingly Indy 500 speeds — it’s a very dangerous spot.

Foster and Broadwater pulled behind us with their cars to protect ours from oncoming traffic, and escorted us as we drove on the tire rim to a nearby spot where we could phone for help. It was after 5 p.m., and no help would be coming, so, Broadwater changed the shredded tire in 100-degree heat. His efforts were much-appreciated and darned near life-saving.

Memo to Chief Brian Manley: Kudos and high-fives to Foster and Broadwater, a true credit to Austin.

KEITH AND JOAN RANDALL, BRYAN

Re: June 27 letter to the editor, “Explain cost, purpose of visit to Tornillo.”

A letter-writer says he is interested in the cost of the mayor’s visit to Tornillo to witness and research the activities and conditions of that interment center, where children are essentially being held hostage until their desperate parents agree to rescind their requests for asylum in the United States of America. Good question.

Another question to research would be who is profiting from operating and building detention centers and jails in our state and country.

Speaking of costs and profiteering, how much is it costing us taxpayers for the president to spend weekends playing golf at resorts his family has financial interests? Surely, he is paying for his own vacation expenses and travel costs and is not charging the U.S. government to house and feed his security detail at his resorts. It would be the ethical thing to do.

JIM BROOKS, AUSTIN

Re: June 27 letter to the editor, “MLS on Austin turf a goal in line with city’s growth.

I was stunned to read a surprisingly racist statement in the June 27 letters.

As an academic who purports awareness of ethnic diversity, you would think Stephen Magee would know better than to assert Hispanic and Asian moms want their kids to play soccer.

Soccer parents are plentiful in every socioeconomic and ethnic class.

Magee ignores peer-reviewed studies showing professional sports don’t improve local economies. Magee references Angelos Angelou to assert Major League Soccer is worth millions in economic benefits.

Precourt has several local investors he has declined to identify. It would be enlightening to know if there’s a conflict of interest, since their assertions conflict with every academic study I’m aware of, including the book “Sports, Jobs, and Taxes: The Economic Impact of Sports Teams and Stadiums” by Stanford University economist Roger Noll.

JONATHAN SMITH, AUSTIN

Re: June 25 article, “Study: Rising seas may routinely flood over 10,000 Texas homes by 2045,” and June 24 article, “Earth really is on a long hot streak.”

Ten thousand Texas homes to flood semi-monthly by 2045! Such news deserves the front-page coverage you gave it, making climate change personal. So, does June 24’s “Earth really is on a long hot streak,” verifying that there really have been 400 consecutive months of record-high global temperatures.

Planet warming causes glaciers to melt, causing seas to rise. We are already seeing some coastal areas more frequently flooding. Warmer air causes storms to be more intense and to move more slowly, for example, Hurricane Harvey.

On high ground in Austin we feel safe. But coastal flooding and storms affect us, too. Do our tax dollars pay for the first responders that we send to help? Those fleeing may come to Austin, putting a strain on our resources such as schools and housing. More taxes?

I urge our national leaders like Rep. Michael McCaul to support environmental legislation to slow climate change.

MARTHA MYRICK ROGERS, AUSTIN

Re: June 24 article, “‘Whole lotta women’ changing the face of the Texas Democratic Party.

As a Travis County delegate to the Texas Democratic Convention, I was somewhat surprised that Jonathon Tilove wrote mainly about women at the convention and then branched off to the Women’s Win Conference, a totally different event.

No mention of the wonderful speeches by candidates like Mike Collier, who is running for lieutenant governor, and Sen. Kirk Watson who referred to “Anthem,” a song by Leonard Cohen: “There is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in … ring the bells that still can ring.” And, of course, Beto O’Rourke certainly got the crowd revved up and ready to fight for American ideals of respect and dignity for “everyone, everywhere, every single day.”

So, though I enjoyed seeing Tilove’s article on the pink wave coming, I would have liked further coverage of the convention, which had more than 7,000 participants.

IRENE A. CARRILLO, LAGO VISTA



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