Letters to the editor: June 15, 2018


Re: June 11 article, “Adventure Girls inject excitement into everyday life.”

I applaud Pam LeBlanc for encouraging all of us to live an active life. But I cringed when I saw the photo of the Adventure Girls jumping off a cliff in May at Pace Bend Park on Lake Travis.

I always caution friends and family about jumping into Lake Travis. There are jagged rocks and other hazards below the water’s surface.

Years ago, when we were celebrating my oldest son’s 10th birthday at a Lower Colorado River Authority park, his brothers dared him to jump into the lake. Being eight months pregnant, I was on a restroom break. When I returned, I saw people putting ice and towels to my son’s bleeding head.

He hit his head on a rock after he dove into the water; he got eight stitches.

My daughter was born a couple of days later, making this even more memorable.

To everyone on the lake, look before you leap.

MARY LOU GIBSON, AUSTIN

Because the National Rifle Association actively seeks to block common-sense gun safety legislation — like mandatory trigger locks and safety training, and the banning of bump stocks and military-style semiautomatic rifles — it’s clear its real purpose is to increase gun and ammunition sales for its backers: the gun and ammunition industry.

America has the highest per capita gun violence rate of any industrialized nation. Oliver North, the NRA president, is a convicted gun and drug trafficker and lied to Congress. North tried to shift blame to violent video games even though he was paid to develop the game “Call of Duty.”

Like NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre, he mocked gun-safety advocates who have survived a mass shooting. Sens. Cruz and Cornyn, as well as Gov. Abbott all take NRA money and all vote against common-sense gun safety legislation. It’s time for them to go home.

WILLIAM FRASER, AUSTIN

Attorney General Ken Paxton is trying to take away our health care.

In a 20-state lawsuit filed in federal court, Attorney General Ken Paxton argues that after the passage of the GOP’s tax plan last year — which repealed a provision of the Affordable Care Act that required people to have health insurance — the health care law is no longer constitutional. He is particularly attacking the provision of the act that protects people with pre-existing conditions.

If this concerns you, vote for Justin Nelson to replace Ken Paxton.

TONI HUNTER, AUSTIN

President Reagan made a mistake when he said government is the problem.

The cause of most of our problems is Congress: infrastructure, health care, national debt, pharmaceutical prices, campaign funding and post office insolvency.

Solutions to these problems are not in the interest of Congress because it would detract from raising campaign money and from issues that gain face time on cable news. Ideology has replaced compromise and common sense.

Ultimately, Americans need to look in the mirror to find the root cause of this maelstrom. The solution is to vote out all incumbents for the next four elections, which is a dream.

Two quotes come to mind: “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” And: “An educated citizenry is a vital requisite for our survival as a free people.”

God help us!

TERRY TOBIAS, GEORGETOWN

With all the scandal in D.C. these days, it’s easy to forget about climate change. But last month was the record hottest May in the U.S., and 2018 is on pace to be the fifth-hottest year — behind only the previous four; in other words, it’s still much hotter than when many of us grew up.

At our monthly meetings this weekend, volunteers with Citizens’ Climate Lobby learned an astonishing fact: Environmentalists are disproportionately “awful” voters! For example, out of 20 million registered voters who rank climate change among their top priorities, at best only half show up to vote.

This presents us with an incredible opportunity. We don’t have to persuade people that climate change is a crisis; we just must get those who already know this to use their political voice. Call your member of Congress and get to the polls in 2018 and beyond.

ANNA GRAYBEAL, AUSTIN

Reality star sees news of nice old lady in jail for a “nonviolent” crime of drug dealing. Wiggles up to president. Woman needs to be released. Done deal.

The key premise here is she is a sweet old lady, mother, grandmother serving a sentence for a “nonviolent” crime. B.S.

She did not pull the trigger on anyone or stick a needle into someone’s arm or hold the powder under their nose. So, she did not actually do anything violent. What she did was cause the ruin of people’s lives, families and friends who used her “stuff.”

BUTCH LEE, LEXINGTON



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