Letters to the editor: June 20, 2018


The policy that results in the separation of minors from their parents for no other reason than that the parents brought their children with them across the border into the United States to seek asylum is morally repugnant and reprehensible. It must be rescinded immediately — and those parents and minors separated must be reunited as soon as that can be reasonably accomplished.

Such a cruel assault on human dignity by our nation in the service of goals that are themselves morally questionable is outrageous — and such inhumane injustice from our Department of Justice is ludicrously Orwellian. How far are we willing to compromise our deepest senses of humanity? What kind of person does it take to do this? What delusions do we need to have to make this seem right to us?

BOB JARVIS, AUSTIN

Re: June 17 commentary, “Families seeking asylum deserve compassion and due process.”

While there is no basis in fact for the claim that “Democrats’ law,” or any other rule of law, mandates the inhumane separation of children from families seeking asylum, it’s almost heresy for Attorney General Jeff Sessions to cite the Bible to justify such a cruel aberration from the “Rule of God.”

Using Romans 13 to justify such heartless acts by our government becomes even more objectionable when one recalls that this same passage was invoked by the defenders of slavery.

A much more appropriate passage in this case would be the verse from Exodus 23:9: “You shall not oppress a stranger, for you know the feelings of the stranger, having yourselves been strangers in Egypt.”

Your editorial says it all: “This is not who we are as a nation. We cannot be silent when our immigration policy terrorizes families and tears them apart. Separating children from their parents is barbaric and it must end.”

DORIAN DE WIND, AUSTIN

The policy of separating families at the border needs to stop. As a health care professional, I can say with certainty that this is doing irreparable emotional damage to children and their parents. (Reference Marco Antonio Munoz, a Honduran man who committed suicide after being separated from his family.)

This is a manufactured crisis that smells like a political stunt at the real cost of human lives — and at a time when border crossings are lower than they have been since the 1970s, and on a downward trend since the year 2000.

We must all raise our voices against this baseless policy before it is too late to stop this unfolding tragedy.

LINDA MILLER, AUSTIN

Re: June 14 letter to the editor, “Putin knows just how to manipulate Trump.”

Does anybody else remember this off-mike comment from President Obama to outgoing Russian President Dmitry Medvedev: “After my election I have more flexibility.” Once that happened, perhaps somebody besides me can remember what happened in the Ukraine. Need I say more?

KENNETH K. EBMEIER, ROUND ROCK

Believe it or not, I can look back to the day when football players were just that — players; when students sat on the 50-yard line for a nominal price. When boys and girls lived in separate quarters. When fraternities did not kill one of their own. When college professors had time for a student having a problem. When a college degree provided opportunities for a student after four years of classes. And, finally, when college didn’t mean graduating in debt.

What’s my point? Well, my grandchildren plan to go to college — and I don’t like the looks of it.

MERRILL WHITEHEAD, WIMBERLEY

Our family has been touched by Alzheimer’s disease in many ways. While the financial expense to our family feels a bit overwhelming, the emotional expense, missed work and lost opportunity to spend time with others is often not calculated.

The Alzheimer’s Association reports it the most expensive disease in America, with an estimated cost of $277 billion in 2018, with 67 percent paid by Medicare and Medicaid.

I urge you to reach out to Congressman Roger Williams and ask that more of our tax dollars be allocated to finding a cause or cure. Perhaps spend a little now to save a lot later.

EDWIN YOUNG, AUSTIN



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