Letters to the editor: July 24, 2018


Re: July 14 letter to the editor, “Bullock exhibit could use photos of black cowboys.

Bill Metz’s July 14 letter to the Statesman is absolutely right: There is a long and proud heritage of black cowboys and rodeo circuit competitors in Texas, and our “Rodeo!” exhibit could do a better job of making that known.

To that end, we’ll be adding images related to African-American history in rodeos and stock shows. In the meantime, don’t miss the story of Bill Pickett, the greatest bulldogger of all time, and Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association World Champion Fred Whitfield, already featured.

MARGARET KOCH, BULLOCK TEXAS STATE HISTORY MUSEUM INTERIM DIRECTOR, AUSTIN

Capitalism demands cheap production and profitable trade, erasing of the economic borders. World trade does not respect national boundaries, challenging our national identities. Tribal definitions of borders and tradition melt under the bright light of trade.

Which brings us to travel, the migratory nature of our time. Trade beckons to workers — but tribe fears the alien culture they may bring. Consider the great migratory herds of animals following the seasons on the plains of Africa. They stay on the move to survive. Is it really any different with people?

If we cross boundaries to trade our goods, then we can expect travel by those who provide the labor for industry. The rapid evolution of culture brings uncertainty, but it may be the natural outcome of how the world works. When you have trade, then it may be necessary for tribes to expect and embrace travel.

JAMES PHILPOTT, KYLE

The military is rolling in to give some techie “innovators” some cool new jobs. That’s the report.

Will the children these war machines dismember and kill ever make the news? Same story, after all. But, by then, we will be one more “national security innovation hub,” or some such. No Austin member of Congress will vote against military budgets now.

This is the only acceptable way to spend money for the people. Always with the Faustian requirement of violent dominance over others. No public commitments to schools, libraries, hospitals or helping jobs. Plenty for the security state enforcers: domestic police, mercenary soldiers, child separators and private counterparts. Each one tied to their atrocities by their personal livelihood.

This is who we are now.

The only live music I hear is that “orchestra” of crying kids at a camp in our state. It took a journalist for us to hear it.

SUSANNA WOODY, AUSTIN

Re: July 19 article, “Large-scale painting of Klan members unveiled at UT.”

I am a little confused. You want to tear down all the Confederate statues and change street names, which they say just bring back bad memories of the past. And, yet, you display art which does nothing but pour salt in the wounds of some.

Why not just move on to something more productive, including your choice in art?

JOHN LEFNER, AUSTIN

Re: July 18 article, “Austin360Cooks: A creamy, comforting (and dairy-free) mac and cheese.

Thank you for featuring vegan recipes in your Austin360 Food section. The recipe for a delicious dairy-free creamy mac and cheese is a healthful staple in our household.

More people are turning to plant-based eating to enjoy vibrant health, eliminate the animal cruelty and environmental damage wrought by factory farming, and support our nation’s small farmers.

Whether you call it veganism or plant-based eating, it’s a trend that’s on the rise for good reason.

Plant-based recipes maximize health-promoting antioxidants and fiber found in abundance in fruits, vegetables, whole grains and nuts and seeds.

Such a diet is a sensible way to decrease personal and national health care costs. A whole food, plant-based diet has been shown to prevent and reverse many of our most costly chronic diseases, including heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and some forms of cancer.

You can’t go wrong eating more plants.

SARA SHANNON, BUDA

People should not demonstrate nor riot every time law enforcement officers are required to use force to enforce the law. All citizens — regardless of race, color or creed — should respect our laws and to abide by them. To do otherwise is unpatriotic to say the least. Those who break the law need to be punished, not idolized.

We have a sitting president who is an embarrassment to our country. Yes, he has done some good, but the bad far outweighs any good that he has done. It is no wonder why our allies are becoming disenchanted with him.

Citizens need to scrutinize a candidate’s voting record before ever casting a vote.

ED LINDSAY, FORT WORTH

Why is Trump willing to trash and insult the rest of the world while siding with Vladimir Putin against his own country? I think it is because he has delusions of grandeur wherein he sees himself and Putin joining together as comrades to rule the rest of the world. Trump is like Hitler in that he has shown he does not care about people, except himself, and he dreams of ruling the world.

I think Trump’s greatest fear is going to be realized: He is going to be impeached before achieving the great power of his dreams.

ALLAN WILLIAMS, GEORGETOWN



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