Letters to the editor: June 24, 2018


I don’t believe Austin will ever get a major league sports team. The people who run the city either don’t want a team, or choose to make it impossible for a team to come here.

While I don’t have a dog in this hunt — as I have never attended a soccer game — it seems the team from Columbus is being mistreated.

Austin is now the 11th-largest city in America. It has a greater population than many of the cities with major league teams. There are enough people to support major league sports.

There are intangibles that come with having such a team, and it certainly helps selling a city. I am not certain those in charge understand this.

CHARLES TOUBIN, AUSTIN

Re: June 16 article, “Owner’s plan for Lake Austin site: elevator tower, restaurant, marina.”

Another assault on Austin from outside developers. Our neighborhoods, our parks, now Lake Austin.

The idea of a 15-story elevator on one of the iconic views of Lake Austin is ludicrous. Its sole purpose is for Coon’s restaurant guests to have a “cool option” to get there by boat when he says the “vast majority will arrive by foot or car.”

So, it’s just to be cool? Unbelievable.

He claims that his 24-slip marina with the 15-story elevator, is far superior to the 12 home lots along the cliff that would be allowed under the present plan. Ridiculous.

A huge marina, with high density boat traffic, is in no way better than lightly used private docks. Coon bought the property knowing that 64 homesites were allowed. That’s how it should stay. When will we get a council that will say no to developers ruining our city?

WILLIAM CAMPBELL, AUSTIN

I have long felt that President Trump and his political hangers on have created a seriously destructive “anti-” force in our nation.

Trump is anti-truth, anti-media, anti-environment, anti-minority, anti-health care, anti-poor, and anti-education.

His aggressive policy of ripping children from their parents at our borders demonstrates the height of anti-human decency. The trauma and scars that he inflicted on impoverished and suffering children is unconscionable; it should be condemned by all Americans who value our history of caring and kindness to others.

There can be no excuse for using innocent children as pawns in a strategy to achieve political goals and ego enhancing deals.

ROBERT MARKMAN, SAN ANTONIO

Re: June 20 article, “The story behind the image of a migrant child crying.”

That crying child is an example of child abandonment, endangerment, trauma and abuse perpetuated by the irresponsible mother who knowingly subjected her to sex trafficking, violence and starvation. By our standards, Child Protective Services would have taken her away and mom would be incarcerated. Cost to us for housing is $700 per day per child.

PEGGY MORSE, AUSTIN

Re: June 17 letter to the editor, “Isolating children at border is harmful.”

The June 17 letter by Dr. Louis Appel concerning the separation of a child from his or her parent at the border hit the nail right on the head.

As a retired family physician with over 50 years of family practice experience, I know only too well the short- and long-term damage done to the psyche of these young, impressionable, sponge-like minds. As a parent, each of us needs to walk in the shoes of these children, even for just a brief moment. The pain and angst are unimaginable.

JAMES R. LUCIE, D.O., AUSTIN

We need to help those folks from Central America find sanctuary and safety from the criminal elements harassing them. I propose the following path to freedom.

First, we charter a fleet of buses — with air conditioning and toilets — and food trailers. Reunite the children with their parents, board them on the buses and have that caravan north to the Canadian border, where they are released to begin a new life in Canada.

Once completed, we go to Carnival and Celebrity cruise lines, charter several luxury ships and board more “freedom seekers,” giving them free cruises to England, France and Italy, thus giving those folks lobbing insults at us a chance to share in this humanitarian effort.

CHARLES SMITH, CEDAR PARK

Gov. Greg Abbott,

President Trump’s policy of zero tolerance is giving Texas a bad name. When will you join other Republican and Democratic governors in withholding any state support for this anti-American policy?

You can withdraw National Guard troops from the border right now because separating parents from their children and babies is not moral.

John Cornyn and Ted Cruz, neither of you need to propose legislation to overcome cruel or inhuman immigration “laws.” There is no “law” involved here. There is only the policy that Jeff Sessions and Donald Trump have pushed on to our government. Trump can change it tomorrow.

PAUL SCHULZ-BEHREND, AUSTIN



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