Letters to the editor: July 16, 2018


I think we should have a city law — a state or national law would be even better — that says every business must have its address number posted where it is easily visible from the street.

This is apparently already a requirement for residences, since they are usually easy to find. I am often frustrated in trying to find what block I am driving past because buildings do not have visible numbers.

Any political person that promotes this requirement will get my vote.

LEWIE BARBER, AUSTIN

Re: July 10 commentary, “Media mistaken in labeling Trump backers as cultists.”

Cal Thomas objects to labeling Trump supporters as a cult.

Watching Trump at his rallies, you see his presentation of himself as a god that should be worshipped. You witness his constant stream of lies, his meandering speech always circling back to his own unrivaled greatness, and his incessant demeaning and ridiculing of anyone who opposes him. Then you see all of this circus act being wildly applauded and cheered. How much more evidence do you need to call Trump’s supporters a cult?

Thomas states that, “Cultists reject any evidence that proves their faith is wrong.” With that statement, he confirms that Trump’s supporters are a cult.

DRU EDRINGTON, GEORGETOWN

Re: July 1 letter to the editor, “I don’t like Trump, but I like his policies.”

Just examine the Trump policy on the environment. A long list of proposed policies would reverse progress and would erode our environment. Some major policies are: funding reduction for climate monitoring to curb carbon emissions; cutting research for clean energy programs; starting rollback of car emissions standards; and halting mining health study. Environmental protections help improve the air we breathe and the water we drink.

American Public Health Association reports many health impacts of warming temperatures and rising pollution on people, especially those with heart problems, lung disease or allergies. It is taking a toll on construction and agricultural workers.

Please ask your lawmakers to join a bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus in the U.S. house, which has 42 Republicans and 42 Democrats who are working to find solutions and pursue policies to improve health and quality of life.

Why would you like Trump policy on the environment?

KALPANA SUTARIA, AUSTIN

Re: July 12 letter to the editor, “An equal America awaits us … in 2043.

If, as the letter writer suggests, white people in America will be a minority by 2043, then perhaps they should start practicing empathy and inclusion now.

It’d be a shame for white people in America to become a minority and then looked upon as a bunch of racists by the rest of society, not deserving of the respect we feel everyone is entitled to, and gradually sidelined with societal prejudice against all Caucasians because of the institutional prejudice some Caucasians practiced for years. Wake up, white people, and start treating everyone with respect.

And if you’re a Christian, act like it; don’t just say it. How do you think God feels about hypocritical Christians? Man’s laws are one thing; right and wrong are another.

PHILIP BOWDEN, AUSTIN

In a speech in Montana on July 5, President Trump said, “A thousand points of light, I never quite got that one. What the hell is that?”

It is no surprise Trump doesn’t understand the metaphor. After all, it requires intellectual curiosity.

The phrase was spoken by George H.W. Bush in his 1988 Republican nomination acceptance speech. It was the same speech in which he said, “I want a kinder and gentler nation.”

This also is a concept lost on Trump — because it requires compassion, civility and maturity.

DAVID BROOKS, AUSTIN

Someone please tell me how Christian evangelists can continue to support President Trump?

This is a man who by any standard of Christian values is not a Christian. He in no way follows the example of Christ, who brought love, compassion and forgiveness to the world.

His behavior is of one who shows bigotry, hatefulness and a complete lack of compassion for the poor and disenfranchised — the very ones Christ most cherished and served.

Do Christian evangelists overlook all of this because they hope to receive the holy grail of a Supreme Court ruling that takes away a women’s right to choose abortion?

LONNIE HAZLEWOOD, WEST LAKE HILLS



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