Re: July 1 article, “On July 4, this Austinite will try to eat as many hot dogs as possible.”
Hot-dog-eating contests? Corn-dog eating-contests? You get the picture.
What a complete waste of food that could be going to feed more deserving people, like the homeless. Why let a few people brag about eating 20, 30, 40 dogs a piece, when those 40 dogs could feed 40 people — and more? Stop promoting these wasteful contests!
LISA C. SELF, AUSTIN
Re: June 30 commentary, “How paid sick leave ordinance will hurt Texas economy.”
How ironic: A Republican state senator explaining to hourly workers why they cannot have the same benefits and privileges she herself received through inheritance.
Here’s a letter I will never see: a Republican state senator explaining to owners of car dealerships, corporate executive directors and bank presidents that they will no longer be paid for days they are away from work.
LEE JENNINGS, COLLEGE STATION
I moved to Austin in 1995. I live in Travis County. In 2012, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I was lucky; they caught it early. I was stage one. I had my right breast removed, underwent chemo and had a reconstruction. I have been on Anastrozole for six years. I have four more years to go. I feel blessed.
In 2013, my husband informed me he wanted a divorce. As a stay-at-home mom, I knew I was going to lose my health care. I kept my health care for three additional years thanks to Cobra. At that point, I entered the market with a pre-existing condition. If not for the Affordable Care Act, I would not have insurance. There is currently no one in the Senate fighting for my health care from Texas. Beto O’Rourke believes in single-payer health care for all.
LAURA WILLIAMS, AUSTIN
Re:July 2 letter to the editor, “Democrats changed insults after election.”
The writer is grossly inaccurate in her political misunderstanding of Democrats in claiming that prior to President Trump’s election, Democrats believed Republicans were the elite and rich.
Now, they believe Republicans voting for Trump are the uneducated and ignorant working class. I say if the shoe fits, wear it! However, if you truly believe your characterization of Democrats, you must be unschooled in American politics — or you’ve watched too much Fox News.
The elites make up only 1 percent of Americans, yet they control as much as 40 percent of our wealth — certainly more with the Trump tax cut to the rich, which added $1 trillion to our deficit. The best we can hope for in America is to shed our tribal steadfastness and soften our tone, open our minds and be flexible. Most of all, be Americans first!
ROBERT WHITE, ROUND ROCK
As a child you are taught to place your hand over your heart, hold your head high and recite the pledge of allegiance to the flag. You repeat the words, “One nation under God, indivisible with liberty and justice for all.”
Are you proud we are no longer one nation indivisible, but a nation polarized?
Are you proud we do not have liberty and justice for all but only if you are of a certain class?
Are you proud we place children in cages?
Are you proud the highest office in the land tweets insults to others ?
Are you proud we have alienated our most trusted allies?
Are you proud we are no longer thought of as the leader of the free world?
Have we become the land of the bully?
As we celebrate the birth of our country, can we be proud of who we are ?
NANCY FOSTER, PFLUGERVILLE
Re: June 29 article, “Bastrop traffic operation leads to multiple deportations.”
Interesting article on the great job the Bastrop Sheriff’s office is doing. It is almost as anti-police as something Tony Plohetski might have done.
I don’t have a great deal of sympathy for the people ending up deported as they did break the law. What part of “illegal” are you people having trouble with? Although some people think it is all right, illegal immigrants do not have the right to break the law; it is as simple as that.
ROGER WIDDOWS, GEORGETOWN
Re: June 29 commentary, “Herman: Can viral video spur Central Texas congressional race upset?”
Ken Herman, columnist for the American-Statesman, should be credited with uncovering a political anomaly in his commentary about Democrat military veteran MJ Hegar running against incumbent Republican Congressman John Carter. The political anomaly is: Why are military veterans against national security?
Hegar is not the only Democrat military veteran running against a Republican in Central Texas. The deeper question is: Why is a military veteran a Democrat, knowing that the Democratic Party is a strong supporter of the federal Ethanol Law, Public Law 110-140?
Public Law 110-140 increases gasoline prices and causes poor mileage. It increases carbon dioxide in the air. But, there is a more sinister problem: It causes an increase in foreign oil imports. That, in turn, causes an increasing harm to national security.
SEL GRAHAM, AUSTIN