Re: July 15 commentary, “From any moral standpoint it’s time Texas ends death penalty.”
So, what do we do with those people who kill children, peace officers, firefighters, judges or murder multiple victims? How about 9/11 and the Oklahoma City bombings? Does Rep. Joe Moody remember Sutherland Springs by chance? We really let these animals live out their lives with all their basic needs provided by Texans?
I missed the supporting documentation for the claims “no capital murderer has ever been deterred for fear of the death penalty” and the innocent have been executed “occasionally.”
Capital punishment must be rigorously vetted and evenly applied, not abolished. Most counties do so, if for no other reason than they cannot afford the $1 million-per-capital-defendant rule of thumb, and the Legislature has given us the life-without-parole option.
Milam County is facing $1 million budget deficit next year; I’m on my sixth capital murder venture in five years seeking life without parole rather than death.
BILL TORREY, MILAM COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY
Re: July 11 article, “New cinema has strained Austin Film Society’s budget, documents show.”
I was disappointed by your decision to run an article last week that was designed to undermine public confidence in one of the most vital cultural institutions in the state: the Austin Film Society.
While AFS Cinema may be experiencing growing pains in its first year, the programming and the venue itself are incredible assets to the city. Instead of instigating fear and doubt by leaking nonpublic documents that show AFS responsibly trying to address and adjust mi cycle, you could try a feature article to help their growing audiences grow a little faster.
Rebecca Campbell’s statement addressed the situation beautifully, but shame on you for trying to drum up clicks at the expense of people who do so much for so many. You published a divisive and opportunistic article. It serves no one. AFS deserves better and so do your readers.
JASON CORTLUND, AUSTIN
Donald Trump, a wholly owned subsidiary of Russia, again violated his oath of office in kowtowing to Putin rather than protecting our Constitution.
Some Republican elected officials stood up for U.S. intelligence services and reminded Trump that Russia should be held accountable for interfering with our elections. That is no longer sufficient.
Every elected official must demand that Trump be held accountable. Republicans have stood by as Trump has broken the law, broken his oath of office and systematically destroyed our country’s standing in the world. Republicans still refuse to stand up to him.
Any Republican elected officials who do not vocally and publicly condemn Trump’s latest treasonous behavior have forfeited the right to call themselves our representatives and should resign immediately.
Since that won’t happen, Americans must hold them accountable and vote them out of office at the first opportunity. Enough is enough. Time to make America American again.
ERIC ESTLUND, AUSTIN
I’m confused. Unemployment is at near historic lows — about 4 percent. Service and hospitality industry jobs are going unfilled by U.S. citizens, necessitating the issuance of H-2 guest worker visas to fill positions.
We have thousands of Central and South Americans so desperate to have a decent life that they will trek a thousand miles or more to seek asylum here. Yet when they get here, we call them “illegal aliens” and lock them up or deport them.
I would think most of these folks would be so grateful to be given a chance to live here that they would make excellent workers. They are willing to take just about any job to establish a life for themselves and their families in the U.S. Why aren’t we willing to give them a chance?
THOMAS OLSEN, GEORGETOWN
The president has said hundreds of times that there was no collusion between his presidential campaign and the Russian Federation. It has become his litany that he repeats over and over again, even when there is no connection with whatever he is asked or is talking about.
Of course, there is obvious evidence that his campaign did attempt to collude, but most Americans want to know the truth and are willing to await the findings of the special counsel.
However, we could see for ourselves the president himself colluding with Putin and his regime to undercut the FBI, CIA and the NSA’s clear and specific evidence of Russia’s organized criminal activities to influence the 2016 elections. The only question now is: Does it rise to the level of treason?
LONNIE HAZLEWOOD, WEST LAKES HILLS
I know I’m not as smart as President Trump because I pay taxes and stuff, but I have studied a little history and I took some Western Civilization classes, too. I can’t remember that those Russians ever got that “pursuit of happiness” thing just right.
Let’s think about that for a minute. Yep, they were lots better at shoveling pure misery very consistently. Some guy wrote a whole book about it. I wonder if Putin might be dishonest, just a smidge, to the U.S.?
KAREN STONE, AUSTIN