Re: June 22 article, “City bag bans violate state law, Texas Supreme Court rules.”
Since our Republican-led state has such a problem with local governments representing — of all people — local constituents, why not just abolish all local governments and have direct rule from the Imperial Government of Texas?
Let’s just let Gov. Greg Abbott replace all our local elected officials with his handpicked minions. Who needs local representative democracy when our dear leader can do it for us?
STEPHEN SHACKELFORD, AUSTIN
So, state law trumps local law, even when the state meddles in municipal affairs such as regulating ride-hailing and now reusable bags. Where are the Republicans with their hysterical rhetoric on “government overreach?”
RONALD M. SAWEY, AUSTIN
On Thursday, the City Council will vote whether to move forward with Precourt Sports Ventures’ plan to build a stadium on public land or conduct a request-for-proposal process. Austin residents should insist that the city entertain competitive proposals to determine which option best benefits the city and its residents.
According to nearly every study, public-private stadium deals leave taxpayers with the downside and do not fulfill their optimistic economic promises. Alternate proposals for McKalla Place involve infrastructure improvements and affordable housing, both consistently among Austinites’ top concerns.
No public entity should move forward with a project of this scale without an open and transparent proposal process. Residents deserve to know what options are available — and the city should carefully consider how we use public resources.
JAMES SAWYER, AUSTIN
Donald Trump chose to create a crisis by taking children of border-crossers from their parents, stealing away more than 2,000 children. This to deter border crossings and to use as a bargaining chip for a wall.
Americans are horrified at the pictures of children taken from their parents and put in cages. Our hearts break at the sounds of children in custody crying for their parents, who cannot answer.
At best, Trump’s vague new order will have families in prison together for years. At worst, he’ll resume stealing children after the 20-day limit for child detention expires. Also, it doesn’t reunite the families already torn apart.
Trump created this crisis; Trump must fix it. We must apply even more pressure. That little girl looking up at her mother is still terrified. The children you’ve heard crying for their parents still haven’t been answered. This isn’t over.
TONY WEBER, INDIVISIBLE AUSTIN, AUSTIN
We can no longer ignore the truth: Our president is a malignant cancer that will metastasize and damage our democracy unless something is done.
Like the cancers that attack our bodies, this political cancer needs to be excised. American voters must remove the president from office in the 2020 elections. In the meantime, the sharp electoral scalpel also needs to be applied to remove those Republican senators and representatives who have refused to speak up and oppose the president’s attempts to undermine our democracy.
These sycophantic Republicans are feeding the cancer by ignoring their constitutional duty to protect our country from a dangerous president. They should be removed in the November elections and replaced with candidates who will stop this presidential cancer from spreading.
STEPHEN JODY HELMAN, AUSTIN
“The elite! Why are they elite?” Trump wondered. “I have a much better apartment than they do. I’m smarter than they are. I’m richer than they are. I became president and they didn’t.”
These are his comments from the rally in Minnesota.
I just do not understand how this rhetoric is good for the U.S. Is the speaker of these words looking out for all of us as a country?
DENNIS DICKSON, LEANDER
From my point of view, Trump set this up for prison corporations to make money. At a cost of $775 per night per child, it does not have an honest ring to it.
Rep. Michael McCaul has the power to hold hearings. He should conduct hearings on the sordid private prisons scamming this fake created issue.
Who is making money off this manufactured event?
Is Sen. John Cornyn making money off this event? Is Attorney General Sessions making money off this event? Is McCaul making money off this event? Is Rep. John Carter making money off this event?
These are some of the reasons to hold public hearings. Transparency is an absolute necessity.
RON TORREY, AUSTIN
The Hill Country is home to diverse natural spaces where I feel joy that I don’t experience anywhere else. Remarkably, if I stop a moment and look closely, I find some living thing that is new to me: a vine, a unique insect, a tiny blossom, a blue seed pod. It happens every time I pay close attention.
Nature seeks tenacity, even as the part of it that is human falters in our duty to be good stewards of this lovely planet that we’ve been given. Let’s use our intellect and our need for real joy we only experience when we’re with the rest of nature to bring our home back to health.
Phone or write Sens. John Cornyn and Ted Cruz and your representative in the House and ask them to enact a fair and transparent carbon fee and dividend policy to reduce our emissions that are harming our home.
JULIE JOHNSON, ROUND ROCK