Re: June 16 article, “Austin among final 5 candidates for Army’s high-tech Futures Command site.”
Austin is known for being a progressive, open, creative, peace-loving city. It is not forward-thinking to consider placing an Army Futures Command center here.
Let Austin’s innovative talent in medical, engineering and academic fields continue to address the civic and global challenges that are so pressing today: health care, education, energy and communications systems and sustainability of water, food, transportation and housing infrastructure.
Harnessing Austin’s best and brightest for work on combat systems and weapons of war would be ultimately destructive rather than creative.
SUSAN VAN HAITSMA, AUSTIN
How long did it take for Sen. Ted Cruz to find it in his heart that separation of families was humanly wrong?
Was it when he saw the wave of people who spoke out in opposition of such practice by his party? Was it when he thought that it was politically convenient? Did he ever take a position on the issue before besides agreeing with his party’s position?
TOMAS GARZA, MANCHACA
Like most Texans who take pride in our state and our fearlessness, I shudder to see the cruelty taking place under our very noses in our own territory. Child abuse is not a partisan issue. The trauma these children are experiencing will resonate through generations to come.
As Texans who have a moral conscious, we must stand together to intervene and help get these children out of cages and into a healthier environment.
As an educator, mental health professional, and taxpayer, I would like to propose to the residents of Travis County that we open our public schools as shelters for these children. Our schools can provide a safer and more child friendly environment than a prison. There are also hundreds of educators like me who are willing to volunteer in the schools as shelters. These children need us. The Department of Health and Human Service needs us. Please!
JOYCE FEILKE, AUSTIN
Re: June 17 letter to the editor, “Illegal immigrants are a scourge.”
Equating unlawful entry with taking children to the store to steal food is false equivalence.
Mothers and children are presenting themselves at a port of entry, seeking asylum. They are not stealing anything or entering unlawfully — and if they were entering unlawfully, that is not a crime; it is a civil offense.
Immigration law is not founded on any underlying moral or ethical considerations as are other laws — like stealing — and that is a major reason that immigration management has sunk into a moral sewer.
The result is children being forcefully taken from a parent when seeking asylum — and in the case of U.S.-born children with a deported parent, being exiled or orphaned. We don’t exile citizens convicted of mass murder, but that is the de facto result for those kids.
The situation is immoral, inhumane, unethical, illegal and politically stupid.
JAMES GRANT, AUSTIN
If you or I took our children along with us while we committed a crime and were subsequently caught and confined, would not be surprised to find that our children were separated from us.
The answer to the current liberal meltdown moment is simple: If you are a noncitizen planning to illegally breech the border, then don’t bring your kids along.
LANCE RENFREW, HUTTO
Humans are responsive to their environment.
Beyond environmental and planetary issues, we are now faced with a kind of authoritarian ecology for which our only preparation has been world history, and our own country’s history of enslavement and genocide. Yet, we are still, as a country, debating the issue of good laws, bad laws and God and the Bible.
The question of human rights and empathy are being ignored. Terrible damage is being done to the separated children. We are also being damaged, as we find ourselves, like many of our ancestors, on the bloody, sociopathic, wrong side of history.
Many of us are debating what to do, how to stop the cruel policies. Making signs, demonstrating, voting, donating, are all ways to assuage our guilt, maybe turn the tide. We must watch and look at ourselves and our families as we march into this terrible future. We are all accountable.
JAN CARLSON, AUSTIN
Despite often seeing the fight to end world hunger at the forefront of policy making, more than 800 million people worldwide still find themselves scrounging up every last penny for just one meal. Although the rates of world hunger had been declining for more than a decade, it now seems as if the world is backpedaling. Hunger is on the rise.
Approximately 1 percent of the U.S. federal budget is dedicated to foreign aid — a very small percentage in comparison to the vast amount of people suffering at the hands of hunger and poverty. Thus, to confirm United States participation in remedying these unfortunate hunger trends, I urge Sens. Ted Cruz and John Cornyn to support the Global Food Security Reauthorization Act.
ANSHIKA AGRAWAL, PFLUGERVILLE