Letters to the editor: July 30, 2018


Heat exhaustion can sneak up on you, causing increased body temperature, rapid pulse, headache and fatigue. If you don’t get cool, you’ll dehydrate, possibly suffer a stroke, or worse — die.

Of 8,000-plus heat-related fatalities in the United States reported from 1999 to 2010, 36 percent were among those age 65 and older, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Hospitalizations for heat-related symptoms increase for those over 85.

This July 30, on what would’ve been our company founder Jean Griswold’s 88th birthday, Griswold Home Care Austin honors her memory by encouraging those with elderly friends, relatives or neighbors to take five minutes to check in on them, particularly in very hot weather.

Giving just a few minutes of your time to ensure a senior’s well-being can be highly rewarding. You might even save a life.

JIM ASKEW, GRISWOLD HOME CARE AUSTIN DIRECTOR, AUSTIN

We have child-resistant caps to keep children from parents’ medicines. We don’t have simple solutions to keep children from using parents’ guns. I hope that the new Army Center could take that on as a secondary mission.

Also, before the designer of the 3-D printable gun releases those specifications, he should think about including some child-proof features in the design. That gun looks more like a toy than most.

BERNARD SCHIFF, AUSTIN

Texas gun rights advocates love the old slogan, “I’ll give you my gun when you pry it from my cold dead hands” so much that they apparently intend it to apply to even potential mass murderers.

At least that’s the effect of Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick’s death notice today for any attempt to pass a so-called “Red Flag” law in Texas, which would make it easier for courts and police to disarm a potential dangerous gun owner. Such laws have been passed in other states after the more recent murders at public schools, including one in Texas, but Patrick says “no” to Texas. It looks like here, you have to have already used your gun to kill innocent children before we will disarm you — preferably when you are dead.

E. BRIAN GRAHAM, AUSTIN

Re: July 20 commentary, “Trump presiding over the murder-suicide of the West.”

I always enjoy reading and hearing David Brooks. He is a conservative of intelligence, intellect and compassion. His column “Trump presiding over the murder-suicide of the West” was cogent. It paints a sad picture of the tragedy of the Trump administration. The C.S. Lewis quote was befitting of the morass created by Trump — denigrating our longtime allies and consorting with the enemy.

MARIE SMITH, GEORGETOWN

I check temperatures around the country real often. I see that temperatures in Austin are due to go up and up.

Other than obvious things, like keeping pets indoors, how do we convince people of the long-term dangers of climate change?

MARGE WOOD, AUSTIN

On July 19, the House of Representatives passed an anti-carbon tax resolution claiming “that a carbon tax would be detrimental to the U.S. economy.” This misleading resolution — co-sponsored by state Reps. Lamar Smith and Roger Williams, and agreed to by U.S. Reps. John Carter, Bill Flores, and Michael McCaul, among others — ignores credible economic research and stifles climate solutions dialogue.

Economic prosperity and environmental protection are not mutually exclusive goals. Various approaches, including Citizens’ Climate Lobby’s Carbon Fee and Dividend, would significantly reduce carbon dioxide emissions while adding millions of jobs, promoting cleaner energy, protecting American companies through a border adjustment, and financially benefiting most U.S. households. Leading economists and scientists agree such carbon fee and dividend proposals would benefit the environment and the economy.

We must use our voting power to elect only those candidates, Democrat or Republican, committed to growing the economy and passing meaningful climate legislation.

PAIGE CARAS, AUSTIN

Ted Cruz is promoting a “Red Wave” and fear tactics. His words to describe Beto O’Rourke include “reckless,” “radical,” “too far left” and “unfit.” Mr. Cruz, let me clarify a few terms for you.

• Radical? A “Red Wave” sounds like a Soviet taker over. Texans have no room for Soviet intervention.

• Reckless? Taking away Medicaid from millions of Texans. Building a border wall that will cost millions. Taking NRA money and being enslaved to their radical agenda. These are all fiscally and morally unacceptable.

• Unfit? Cruz enslaved to your PAC money, unlike O’Rourke, who stands for the people of Texas. He has visited 254 counties — have you?

• Fringe? O’Rourke has worked across the aisle with Republicans. He is our moderate candidate. He has won votes from disenfranchised Republicans, Democrats and independents. Cruz, you are the fringe of the far right, and Texans will not tolerate it. Your Republican colleagues dislike you. Your radical agenda is unacceptable. We have had enough. We deserve Beto O’Rourke for Texas.

CHANDA PARBHOO, DALLAS



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