Re: June 27 article, “Mayor encouraged about Austin’s MLS shot after council session.”
Unfortunately, the discussion of locating the soccer stadium at McKalla Place does not consider the long-term environmental impact of using the land for a stadium as opposed to using it for housing.
A stadium there would only be used a few times a year. Housing there would be close to the Domain and the Red Line, allowing car-free access to work — and, thus, greatly reducing carbon emissions.
The stadium should be located on the edge of Austin, rather than pre-empting central-city land that should be used for housing. An ideal location would be near the Green Rail line — the city-owned rail right of way extending to Elgin. That way, residents of Austin, Manor and Elgin could attend games without generating huge amounts of extra greenhouse gas.
PHILIP RUSSELL, AUSTIN
Re: June 28 article, “Abbott’s call for more school counselors points to an unfilled need.”
I am not easily shocked, but I was stunned when I read that a study showed 1 in 8 Texas high school students attempted suicide in 2017.
People who attempt suicide do so for many reasons, but in nearly every case the person feels despondent and does not see a way forward to personal happiness. How is this happening to one in eight of our high school students? Why is this happening?
We need to drop everything we are doing and figure this out; a few more high school counselors is not going to impact the problem. There is something deeply wrong with our society — and our children are calling out for our help. Let’s put all divisions aside and stop and listen to our children and find out why they are losing the will to live.
BEKI HALPIN, AUSTIN
Re: June 29 commentary, “Conservative? Republican? These days you must choose.”
Some would call me a liberal, but I am interested in understanding the thoughts, beliefs and understandings of people who may not agree with me.
To that end, I have repeatedly asked my conservative friends for a statement or summary of conservative beliefs and values. Unfortunately, I’ve seen no response until I saw David Brooks’ commentary. I will make no comment about it other than to say it is a very welcome commentary for me.
But I have to wonder how reflective it is of the conservative viewpoint and values. Brooks’ main point — that social order flows from societal organizations, such as family, religion and tribes; and that conservatives value the preservation of existing social organizations at least as much as the rights and liberty of individuals — is enlightening. Does this accurately reflect the way conservatives feel?
PAUL MAYBAUM, ROUND ROCK
On Page 1B of the Statesman’s Tuesday edition, the photo of Ted Cruz, Greg Abbott, Ken Paxton and Dan Patrick sitting at tables speaking about immigration captured a moment of peaceful consideration.
The photo immediately triggered my memory to project the image of Leonardo da Vinci’s world-famous painting “The Last Supper.” I thought of this last batch of goofballs’ final performance as they say farewell to their extremely poor accomplishments. Only voters can make this scene real.
MIKE HENRY, SMITHWICK
Can ordinary citizens be expected to dine next to people who use sophistry, catchy phrases and twisted logic to separate families?
Who is more uncivil: people who point out those twisting Jehovah’s word, or those twisting Jehovah’s word?
Don’t we all have the right to disassociate with child abusers and racists?
VALENTIN MARTINEZ, KINGSVILLE
There is a dichotomy between rural and urban. I just assumed all law enforcement works together. Bastrop Sheriff Maurice Cook is doing the right thing.
These no-man lands have evolved in our rural areas because of lack law and code enforcement. Stray dogs, meth heads and junk cars can be better managed in the urban than rural areas.
TERRY COTTRELL, DIME BOX
After World War II Stalin, Mao and Kim all established a Cult of the Individual. All supported Communist International, and all have failed.
I know from Hu Yaobang personally that he encouraged Kim to follow Deng Xiaoping’s lead to pursue wealth and enterprise while maintaining centralized party control.
Kim chose to pursue the Stalinist model and watched China and South Korea’s economic miracles unfold on his doorstep. The internet and social media has made most North Koreans aware of these disparities. Despite the huge and expensive effort to build his military, including nuclear weapons, we are watching the slow death of the last “Stalinist state.”
Kim Jong Un is young — and like his father and grandfather, sees himself staying in power a long time. He is well-educated and knows that, painful as it will be, fundamental change is inevitable.
CHARLES BAKER, GEORGETOWN