Austin homeowners who are 65 years or older often have a hard time affording Austin’s residential property taxes. More of us are losing our homes as our taxes keep skyrocketing.
A wonderful program exists for taxpayers 65 or older to defer their property taxes until they sell their houses or when their estates are settled after death (the deferred taxes will accrue interest).
I recently filed the paperwork in our appraisal district office. While there, I heard stories of needy seniors who paid their exorbitant property taxes for years and had only accidentally learned of this tax-deferral program.
It is unconscionable that our government does not publicize this to its vulnerable citizens who are barely hanging on to their homes.
CARL JENSEN, AUSTIN
In the current state of tribal partisanship, we are deceiving ourselves in thinking that issues like abortion are more important than the issue of global warming-induced climate change. An example of this is plank 16 of the Texas GOP Platform, which says, “Climate change is a political agenda promoted to control every aspect of our lives. We support the defunding of climate justice initiatives and the abolition of the Environmental Protection Agency and repeal of the Endangered Species Act.”
Perhaps if the threat to our planet’s biosphere were more immediately concrete, such as an extinction-level asteroid, then mankind would be more proactive in working towards a solution — though there would still be those who would manipulate even that for their own personal advantage.
ROANEY GILES, AUSTIN
Though I’m no fan of her boss, I must confess to a grudging admiration for Sarah Sanders. Day after day — and all alone — she faces down the Washington press corps as they incessantly badger her to admit that the emperor has no clothes.
Remarkably, she deflects most of the salvos with quick wit and civility, qualities which the president blatantly fails to display in conducting his own press conferences. In addition, his atrocious pronouncements often deny Sanders any access to the high ground of truth and reason as she fends off attacks, thus rendering her media performances even more remarkable and courageous, though ultimately tragic.
HARVEY CAUGHEY, AUSTIN
I was seriously alarmed by President Trump’s actions with NATO and Vladimir Putin. He did his best to distance and isolate us from our allies. It was clear to all the world that Trump demonstrated his allegiance to Russia and to Putin — outright treason. It was clearly shown that Putin is in control of the White House. This makes the Russian hacking look like small potatoes.
Congress needs to act now. Its members have sat too long defending Trump’s outrageous actions and have done nothing. Meanwhile, America is being torn apart by Putin through Trump.
Get Putin out of the presidency and the White House. Write, email or telephone your U.S. senators and representatives. I did.
This is not a liberal issue or a conservative issue; this is an American problem that needs to be addressed before it is too late, if it isn’t already.
JANET SCHNEEWIND, LEANDER
America is disintegrating. Truth is fiction; justice paid for; the American way AWOL.
The malignancy of TrumPutin is upon us. His lies come almost as often as he breathes. The agenda: create chaos and division, symbiotic with Russia’s goals. The Helsinki summit cinched the deal.
Trump, who loudly berated Germany as controlled by Russia, meekly agreed with his hero by dismissing factual intelligence. He appeared as a chastened schoolboy. When called a traitor, he explained it was a double negative. More like a Putin double-agent.
Amazingly, his own lapdogs in Congress believed the fabrication. Look at the facts, people. Remove this pustulent presidency. Begin by voting in November to replace the sycophants who wholeheartedly support this racist, sexist, lying plague. It’s time to excise the tumor; perform the Trumpectomy.
STEVE DONOVAN, AUSTIN
After President Trump’s bizarre submission and deference to Putin and Russia, it has become clear why Trump and his Republican minions such as Sen. Ted Cruz, and Reps. John Carter and Roger Williams are so anti-Hispanic immigrants. They want all immigration quotas to be available for their Russian comrades to come live in the U.S.
Now, Trump has invited Putin to come to America, so we can get used to Putin, and he can familiarize himself with the White House living facilities. The rallying cry for Trump and his minions is more appropriately: Make America Russian; Vote Republican.
GREGORY L. CESHKER, DRIPPING SPRINGS