Letters to the editor: July 23, 2018


Re: July 17 article, “U.S. judge defends actions as trial on Texas’ fetal burial law begins.

Regarding the legal case of final disposition of a medically aborted fetus, the judge’s presupposition about a fetus seems paramount.

The deep and legally unresolved issue in the case of bury/don’t bury an aborted fetus also seems rather straightforward — to me, anyway. Is it a baby, or is it a mass of tissue? A judge’s belief on fetal personhood acts as a powerful sway to their decisions. Personally, I aim for consistency in the treatment of persons born and yet to be born.

Consistency is aided by solving the issue of when personhood begins, first for oneself, then for the nation — likely in court. Do that, and we may at least understand the crux of the abortion debate. As a bonus, we may also find agreement on how we as a society treat children who make it outside the womb. Either way, let’s be consistent — especially so if you’re a judge.

JACK ALLEN, AUSTIN

Congress will soon be asked to consider an appropriations bill that includes the Aderholt Amendment.

I am writing to ask that Rep. Lamar Smith, and Sens. Ted Cruz and John Cornyn strongly oppose that amendment. It is an attack on the First Amendment’s clause prohibiting the favoring of any religion. Expanding the use of religious grounds to engage in discriminatory practices is abhorrent to many citizens — and, I believe, a practice that will waste millions of taxpayer dollars when the inevitable legal challenges are made.

Please do not legitimize bigotry — with no basis in fact or science — by allowing this amendment to proceed.

KAREN REEVES, BUDA

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick has said in his recent campaign ads that he stands with President Trump on his policies.

Does he also stand with the president when he has his picture taken with porn stars? Does he stand with the president when he saddles up to leaders of communistic countries, and throws U.S. intelligence agencies under the bus? Does he stand with the president when he embarrasses the country and hurls insults at women and people who disagree with him?

Perhaps, he should go back to Maryland and stand up there. Wake up, voters of Texas.

TIP GILES, AUSTIN

Back in the Golden Era of television, there was a game show called “Who Do You Trust?” This was a program where the host would pose an upcoming question category — and a contestant had to decide whether he or she would provide the answer or if they would trust another contestant to answer it.

As the show’s title implied, this was all a matter of who one was going to trust. Amazingly, that show seems to be reborn today. Things happen every single day in world affairs that require us to decide who we will trust to provide the right answers.

Do you trust President Trump? Do you trust his political rivals? Fox News? MSNBC? Nobody? “Who Do You Trust?” is back. But world affairs are serious business. If we don’t trust the right people to provide real answers, there will be no bonus round or jackpot payoff for anybody.

DON CILLO, TEMPLE

I have written and called Sens. John Cornyn and Ted Cruz, and Rep. Lamar Smith today to say I consider President Trump guilty of treason for having sided with the dictator Vladimir Putin’s in his denial of hacking our elections, rather than standing with our Senate Intelligence Committee and our intelligence agencies’ findings of Russian guilt in this attack on our country.

Former CIA Director John Brennan has decried Trump as “wholly in the pocket of Putin.” How can we fail to impeach this treasonous traitor of a president now? When will Cornyn, Cruz and Smith find their loyalty to our nation and their voices to call for Trump’s impeachment? Or are they Republican cowards — and disloyal to the United States of America to boot?

MARY LEY, AUSTIN

As there are no visible explanations for Trump’s betrayal, and Putin’s glib but knowing sense of reaction, either:

  • Moscow has photo of Trump engaged in disgusting behavior, and will use it, and Trump knows it.
  • Trump is ill and dangerously close to inevitable self-destruction into a puddle of oil that no mop can quench.
  • We’re all deaf, blind and stupid.

I refuse to acknowledge the third option.

For what it’s worth, and I hope a lot, the word “president” and the name Trump will never again be associated in my thinking or words. I pray and trust that all in this beautiful world will survive and prevail. Please, hug your neighbor, and let us move on with courage and grace.

TIMOTHY TRICKEY, AUSTIN



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