Letters to the editor: June 30, 2018


I am extremely horrified that our elected officials are allowing Texas to be used by the Trump administration to be a hotbed of anti-immigration sentiment. They are dividing Texans on this issue and speaking about immigrants as insects, essentially dehumanizing them and taking their children from them.

This is not the Texas way. I want Sens. John Cornyn and Ted Cruz and Rep. Roger Williams to represent the Texas values that we hold dear: valuing kindness, valuing innovation and difference, and not allowing duplicitous grifters from New York to run us over and use us for their power and political gain!

Stand up to Trump, make Texas proud again. Their spineless acquiescence to Trump is truly embarrassing. We need real Texas leadership now.

ADRIENNE KENDALL, DRIPPING SPRINGS

I implore Sen. Ted Cruz to work with Sen. Diane Feinstein to pass a clean bill to help the families separated at the border.

I do not support your bill, Sen. Cruz. Asylum investigations and hearings take time — and families escaping terror in their home countries deserve that time to get their cases heard. It is not illegal to seek asylum and refugees shouldn’t be treated like criminals.

Yes, jailing families together is an improvement over tearing children from their parents, but is this bottom rung standard the best we can do? Of course, it isn’t. We aren’t fooled; voters are watching the money trail from private prisons straight to GOP campaign coffers.

Rise above. Do the right thing and put people over party. We will not forget, and it might slow the flood of money, volunteers and fervor to Beto O’Rourke’s campaign.

ALEXIS LARGENT, AUSTIN

In a large part of the world today, you can’t say one negative thing about either the Communist Party or even the government in general. You do that, and you get whisked away for the rest of your life.

I bring that up because in just the past few days, Trump’s spokesperson was denied service at a restaurant; a Homeland Security cabinet member had her personal residence surrounded with harassing — and almost certainly, threatening — bullies; and Maxine Waters, D-Calif., was calling for additional hostility toward anyone associated with the Trump White House.

It’s just incivility now. But the hatred coming from today’s left is slowly transforming this country into one where you can’t say anything the left hates. You do that, and they will destroy you.

DAN FLANAGAN, AUSTIN

I’m 67 and Jewish. In my teens, a common question among friends was, “If I’d been an Aryan German when Hitler rose, would I have stood up for Jews?”

We couldn’t know then, but though the script and players have changed, we must know now. Forced family separations and internments, resettlement camps, suffering children and desperate parents are real today. I’m outraged to see Congress barter release of caged children for funds for Trump’s racist border wall. The wall would further separate families and entire communities while destroying sensitive ecosystems.

I will be at the Sierra Club table at the Families Belong Together rally this Saturday at noon at the Texas Capitol to encourage folks to sign our petition calling on Sens. Cruz and Cornyn to keep families together and refuse to spend American dollars on a cruel wall. I hope to see you there.

VICTORIA HENDRICKS, AUSTIN

We hear a lot lately of Democrats and leftists calling Republicans “Nazis.” As I am a German-born American who was brought up near the end of the Nazi era and emigrated to this country over 55 years ago, I know enough of Nazis to state that in no way do Republicans deserve such a hateful or inaccurate description. However, leftists referring to Republicans as Nazis calls to mind the idiom, “the pot calling the kettle black” since the creed of these rabblerousers seems to be incessant lying, manipulation of facts and proliferation of “fake news.” It was such tactics which led to the death of my uncle in a Nazi concentration camp.

I am saddened by the upheaval in our country but do not think the blame lies with our president. Remember, he was preceded by several do-nothing, pussycat-type presidents who just muddled through their terms.

JUTTA HEDGES, GEORGETOWN

Re: June 25 letter to the editor, “America has lost claim to be a Christian nation.”

I agree that our current president is a sorry excuse for a man, much less the leader of the free world. The writer eloquently details many of the things that Trump has done, which should shock all people of good heart, including Christians.

However, I heartily disagree with his notion that America should be a “Christian nation.” Our nation was founded on the ideal that there should be no religious litmus test for what it means to be an American. While many Christians are kind-hearted folks who live lives that would make God proud, many others use religion as an excuse for abhorrent behavior, or as a cudgel to beat others into submission.

If you want more evidence that America should never become a “Christian nation,” read the novel of the same name by Frederic C. Rich. But beware: It’s scarier than anything Stephen King has ever written.

TONY VANCE, AUSTIN



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