I’ve read stories about babies being torn from their mothers while breastfeeding — and children being taken away to bathe, never to return. I read of a father who hanged himself after being separated from his wife and three-year-old.
Sens. John Cornyn and Ted Cruz, and Rep. John Carter all claim to be Christians. They claim to represent family values. Do they really think that separating children from their parents and treating people worse than animals stands for the Christian, civil and family values we take pride in our country for having?
These are the actions of a soulless nation. Cornyn, Cruz and Carter must act to protect families and keep them intact at the border. The moral fabric of our country depends on it.
ANN CLANCY, AUSTIN
President Trump’s meeting with North Korea was a big deal. Going back in history to the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962, we were a button push away from an all-out nuclear war with Russia, before President Kennedy solved that issue, which drew tremendous praise.
Fast forward to 2018, where we again were a button push away from an all-out nuclear conflict with “Rocket Man.” This historical meeting between President Trump and North Korea has drawn nothing but negative press and political comments against the meeting and Trump’s relationship with them. There’s all this negative discussion about what the U.S. is promising and providing them to denuclearize, and how there is no way we can trust them to follow through. Well, here’s a question for them: In the 56 years since our nuclear conflict with Russia, have we ever been able to trust them?
BOB HAISLER, ELGIN
Trump met with Kim Jong Un and immediately announced that the world is now safe. The only thing that has changed is that we no longer carry out military exercises with South Korea. Trump has bragged about how much money this will save. I wonder if he considered how much we could save if we stopped all military exercises.
Trump and Kim are similar: completely dedicated only to themselves. Kim is a dictator while Trump is a want-to-be dictator. Trump has been criticized for not bringing up Kim’s human rights record, but Trump probably didn’t think of it because, as he has demonstrated with his policy of separating kids from parents, his own human rights beliefs are not all that different.
Trump has said that he likes and trusts Kim Jong Un and that he thinks Kim trusts him, too. Considering how trustworthy and truthful they both are, how can you beat this?
ALLAN WILLIAMS, GEORGETOWN
I keep hearing the question, “How low does Scott Pruitt have to go before he will be fired?”
It seems that there is no bottom for Pruitt, the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, until he fully dismantles every Obama-era regulation and every regulation in place to protect the air we breathe, the food we eat and the water we drink.
When Pruitt has finished destroying our environment and can wipe his hands and say, “My work here is done,” then the hue and cry for his dismissal will finally be heard, and he will be on his way back to Oklahoma help his wife find a job.
NANCY LABASTIDA, AUSTIN
The writer is smiling as she revels in her “salty sailor” Trump, who in spite of some unpresidential behavior, is rebuilding the nation.
Into what I ask? A country that mocks its friends and saddles up to leaders who represent all that America is not? Does she smile at other leaders who rebuilt their countries? Lenin, followed by the butcher Stalin? Idi Amin? Adolph Hitler, make Germany great again? Gaddafi?
She should be reveling in people like Nelson Mandela, Churchill or Pope Francis who, though flawed, are truly making the world a better place. Let’s stop drinking the Kool-Aid.
RICHARD CHIARELLO, AUSTIN
Re: June 10 article, “Pope: Clean energy an ‘epochal’ challenge.”
For 200 years, it has been known that carbon dioxide in the atmosphere affects earth’s temperature: more carbon dioxide warms the earth.
In 1896, the Nobel recipient Arrhenius calculated the relationship with reasonable accuracy. And exactly 30 years ago global warming made front page news with NASA’s Dr. James Hansen’s testimony before a U.S. Senate Committee.
Our relentless burning of fossil fuels has caused carbon dioxide concentration to rise from 280 parts per million to over 400 parts per million today. The warming predicted 200 years ago — and the net negative impacts — are now documented beyond question.
It will not be easy to wean ourselves off fossil fuels, but it must be done for humans and other creatures to continue to live in good health on this planet. We have leaders like Pope Francis to thank for pushing us towards this goal.
MARK WARREN, AUSTIN