The Austin City Council voting on CodeNext dishonors the act of voting, the 2012 council vote for Imagine Austin and the individuals who sacrificed for voting rights and our form of government — veterans, first responders and citizens. It’s time to stop the process, otherwise the city’s goals set forth in Imagine Austin will go unfulfilled.
CodeNext’s goals include promoting education and affordable housing and tackling the ethnic divide.
The process requirements include “think[ing] creatively and work together,” elected officials develop[ing] detailed work plans, connecting community stakeholders, regularly evaluating the process and ensuring effective use of resources.
Evidence of unfulfilled responsibilities include the Austin Independent School District’s CodeNext resolution. City staff ignores education, public hearings in 2018, citizens’ petitions to vote and existing research. Halting the CodeNext process is the only responsible action for the Council to take. Then go to work and follow the Imagine Austin Plan process requirements.
STEVE SWANSON, AUSTIN
How interesting that in an interview with Fox News, Attorney General Sessions responded to a comparison between the Trump policy of separating Latino migrant children from their parents to Nazi Germany by saying they were different because, “In Nazi Germany they were keeping the Jews from leaving the country.”
Aside from the fact that his statement reveals an historical ignorance of the Nazis’ myriad attacks on the Jewish family, it reveals the growing evil in our country. This evil is on clear display most recently by Trump’s and Sessions’ psychopathic indifference and assault upon what humanity holds most precious, our children. What child being torn from her parents’ embrace knows the difference between Nazi and Trump policies?
DENNIS MCCUTCHEN, AUSTIN
I am appalled by the cruel and unnecessary heartbreak inflicted on migrant families being separated at our southern border. Although it is now policy to treat anyone entering the country without papers as a criminal, seeking asylum is legal regardless of immigration status.
According to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services website, “You may apply for asylum regardless of your immigration status, whether you are here legally or illegally. You must apply for asylum within one year of your last arrival in the United States.”
DEBORAH BECK, AUSTIN
Every other year, our family has a reunion. Like most families, we are pretty much politically divided. We just had the reunion last weekend when news reports focused on the horrible decision to take children away from parents at the border.
I was really surprised that all of us are voting the same way in every election for the next two years. Most of the men have served in the military; many are retired military. They all are very angry about the treatment of our allies and these families trying to escape horrible danger in their countries.
Gangs and drug cartels control countries in South America. Mexico has many people killed each year by the cartels. I was really surprised how upset everyone was about politicians gerrymandering our nation, so that politicians control the vote and not the people. It is “We the people” not “we the politicians” who rule this nation.
JIM DENTON, GATESVILLE
America is ruled by a man who continually lies, mocks and condemns people of color, disability, those of different nationality, religion and low socioeconomic station in life while promoting white supremacists, reportedly committing adultery and regarding women as merely a piece of meat. He tears children and babies from their parents to put behind fences, and never prays or ask forgiveness from God because he has never done wrong.
America has lost its claim to be a Christian nation. Yes, there are still Christians in America, but too few for America to qualify as a Christian nation. Until America cleanses itself of Trump and his bully disciples, America cannot restore itself to a Christian nation once again. Germany did it — and America can too, starting with the elections in November.
GREGORY L. CESHKER, DRIPPING SPRINGS