Letters to the editor: July 19, 2018


Re: July 14 article, “City to hold information session about MLS stadium benefits.

Three times, I had to read over part of the article to make sure I understood it.

Are you really telling me that this soccer stadium deal that our “esteemed” City Council is considering will allow them to lease all that McKalla land for a dollar a year — and they won’t have to pay one cent in property taxes?

How can that be, when Austin residents are protesting by the thousands the increase in taxes that are being imposed on all of us property owners, causing some to have to sell and move away? It is ridiculous and an unjust burden on those who live here and pay our taxes, even though they are outrageous. Please, someone explain that to me.

JOAN JOHNSON CULVER, AUSTIN

Dear Sen. John Cornyn,

I am appalled that the president of the United States would stand with Vladimir Putin and accept his word that Russia is innocent of all charges of meddling in our political system. His blatant disregard for the intelligence gathered by our own government, and his identifying himself with Russia, is beyond belief.

How much longer will you defend this egregious betrayal of the United States by standing in support of Donald Trump? He is selling us out — and seriously threatening our democratic process by siding with despot leaders like Putin and Kim Jong Un while berating our closest allies. This must end.

JIMMY COBB, SAN MARCOS

Today, Donald Trump, our president, totally blamed the Democratic National Committee, and effectively the U.S., for the hacking of our elections. Incredible.

He completely ignored the fact that Russia did the hacking — and that an additional 12 Russian military officials have been indicted. Russia attacked our country, and Donald Trump blames America. What dirt does the Kremlin have on Donald Trump that he constantly refuses to stand up to the Russian attack on our country? How can Rep. Lamar Smith, my representative, remain silent on this? Russia is playing the U.S. for the fool — and the GOP is complicit in this.

WILLIAM CLARK, AUSTIN

After watching the news conference in Helsinki, one of two things is clear: either President Trump is an appeaser, or he is a traitor. His performance was a slap in the face to every patriotic American. It shows that he cares nothing about facts.

If Putin is so great, why is it that everyone who opposes him either winds up in jail or dead? The fact that so many Americans still support him is baffling. I guess they have swallowed the Fox News Kool-Aid.

JUDY DANIELS, CEDAR PARK

Re: July 13 commentary, “Hypocrites for Kavanaugh in High Court power play,” and “Building village that raised Kavanaugh took decades,”

Anyone who enjoyed reading E.J. Dionne Jr. and David Brooks “Balanced Views” commentary on the Supreme Court in the Statesman would probably enjoy reading Michael J. Graetz and Linda Greenhouse’s “The Burger Court and the Rise of the Judicial Right.” It is about the rise of the judicial right in the transitional era of the court between the liberal Warren court and the conservative Rehnquist and Roberts courts.

I agree with Brooks’ assessment that the conservative legal establishment will be locked into place for years to come, even though the history and pendulum swings of the Supreme Court indicate that their rulings can be difficult to predict at times.

FRED HAZEN, LAKEWAY

Intercepted Galaxy Report: Earth.

Ongoing situational status: Critical.

Evidence: Daily world media.

Person most responsible: Presidential apprentice Donald Trump.

Main symptoms: Pathological lying, callousness, absolute self-righteousness.

Enablers: Republicans. Parties responsible for correcting errors: Congressional Republicans. Parties affected: The entire world.

Parties concerned: Everyone except Congressional Republicans.

Update: GOP Committees hold hearings on text messages rather than on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, Russian election meddling, immigration solutions, health care or any matters of real substance, like Ongoing Critical Situation.

Leadership position: Apprentice Trump buddies up to Putin in private while Mueller team indicts Russians.

Prognosis: Absurd, approaching complete insanity.

Solutions: All in hands of GOP and thus in jeopardy.

Galactic Summary: Tax cuts matter — but critical situations, integrity, compassion, education, fairness, the FBI, rules of law, presidential corruption and moral values do not.

Leadership Grade: F.

GARY L. WIMMER, AUSTIN

Re: July 13 letter to the editor, “If anti-abortion: Put up or shut up.”

My response to the writer or anyone who thinks the decision to have an abortion is “difficult” is this: The most difficult decision is the one that needs to be made before conception. There is no reason not to use birth control in this day and culture.

There are so many forms of birth control, including abstinence, available to both men and women. Exercising self-control is the hardest decision. Take control of your body before you get pregnant. The choice to have unprotected sex has consequences, and those consequences are as old as time itself. An unplanned pregnancy in most cases is one that can be avoided. Let me see, which decision makes more sense: self-control or killing a baby?

KAREN SEXTON, AUSTIN



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