Letters to the editor: July 10, 2018


Everyone wants affordability, but saying that CodeNext will lead to affordability is lying to the public.

From Nashville to Portland, cities are endeavoring to accommodate new residents, keep housing prices down and maintain the charm that draws people to the area. It can’t be done. As Austin remains attractive to businesses and outsiders, people will move here — and prices and congestion will increase. All that CodeNext will do is speed up that process.

If you destroy single-family home neighborhoods to put in quadplexes, you will increase the inventory of “homes” but decrease the number of sought-after single-family homes, making the prices of those homes increase even more. At the same time, you will destroy the neighborhoods and increase congestion.

It’s up to us to call foul on the lies put forward by proponents of CodeNext. I thank those fighting for Austin.

LAURIE DE FIELD, AUSTIN

The real reason the Austin City Council does not want the “people” to have a voting voice on CodeNext: There is a chance it will fail, since folks from all areas and walks of life have expressed concern about its substance.

Our mayor seems to have summed up the council’s majority opinion recently when he candidly commented that he was not comfortable for the people in an area deciding what goes on in that area.

Funny that when common citizens get elected to public office at all levels, they become experts on how to manage their constituents’ lives.

ROBERT WARD, AUSTIN

Re: June 30 article, “‘Abolish ICE’ a rally call for 2020 Dems.”

I have a question for those illogical dreamy idealists: How and who will impede the flow of illegal drugs coming into the U.S. if Immigration and Customs Enforcement is abolished? How can they reasonably conclude that a tsunami of vicious criminals like MS-13 will not flood our country and do us harm?

Their blind hatred of President Trump and our justice system is stunning. How can they not realize their agenda will only place every U.S. citizen in grave danger?

For God’s sake, wake up. Nothing good will come with the abolishment of ICE.

MIKE GONZALES, HOUSTON

Re: June 30 letter to the editor, “Intolerant left-wingers will destroy free speech.”

Most non-Republicans are certainly not trying to limit or destroy free speech.

Free speech has nothing to do with calling out minions of Trump’s policies. The cited stories stem from a loathing of Trump’s incessant lies, abject cruelty, complete disrespect for anyone who disagrees with him, and the incivility that he has brazenly stoked in our country.

There are noble ways to address all issues. It’s been done before; he resists. Instead of healing our country, he purposely divides. His dishonesty, bigotry and lies about President Obama, support of white separatists, and enmity of foreign families fleeing for safety makes him morally unfit for office. His supporters are complicit in this degradation. We were never this bad before on this scale.

Not all policies of Trump are bad; what is bad is the cruelty, mendacity and stupidity of their execution. No healing discourse is likely with crowds cheering this behavior.

DON BATORY, AUSTIN TEXAS

Rodney Reed is an innocent man on Texas’ death row. The wrongful conviction of Reed has not only deprived him his freedom, it has delayed justice for the victim, Stacey Stites.

To convict Reed, the state relied upon testimony from three experts who presented evidence that has all been repudiated. Without the erroneous testimony from these experts, the court wouldn’t have convicted Reed. One of those experts was Travis County Medical Examiner Dr. Roberto Bayardo, who was also the medical examiner in the Michael Morton case. Morton was exonerated after serving 25 years.

Reed is innocent and should be exonerated. I urge your readers to contact their representatives, Gov. Greg Abbott and the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals to demand Reed be freed due to a conviction based on mistaken evidence.

TIFFANY MCMILLAN, AUSTIN

Re: July 1 commentary, “Castillo: It’s getting harder to be a journalist. But we soldier on.

Our media has referred to President Trump as delusional, insane, racist and misogynistic. The morning after his election, our media bemoaned their distress regarding the outcome. But, after Trump said “the media is the enemy of the people,” free speech became less approved by our media.

In Juan Castillo’s July 1 column, he described President Trump’s words of remorse regarding the mass shooting at the Annapolis, Md., newspaper as “hollow and useless.” It is known that the shooter had a long-standing grudge against the newspaper he attacked.

Yet, Castillo declared the event stirred outrage and fear in the journalism community given the president’s attacks. But in previous years, when numerous post office workers went “postal,” they were never seen by the media as incited by the speech of others.

LARRY VOLKENING, HOUSTON



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