Letters to the editor: March 8, 2018

The owners of the new MoPac Boulevard (Loop 1) toll road charge for driving on their toll lane, but they did forget that they reduced the throughput of the regular public lanes for years?

We ordinary “slow lane” residents had to suffer traffic jams for years on MoPac while they were building their private toll lane.

They are quick it comes to charge fees — but now we can ask if they will allow us to ride toll free for the equivalent of the years you they slowed down the traffic? That sounds like a fair play.

Don’t worry — nobody will come and ride to downtown just for fun or because your fast lane is free.


I have written the following to our elected officials:

Fix DACA now.

Pass responsible gun legislation now.

Force Trump to enforce Russian sanctions that you passed now.

Protect our election process from foreign and domestic attack now.

Jared Kushner must be removed from his White House position now.

Ben Carson must be removed from his position now.

Help our at-risk population, which includes the working poor and many military members and their families. No gutting our social programs.

Our elected officials are hypocrites. History and future generations will remember this.

I urge them to do their job now.


Re: Feb. 28 letter to the editor, “Graham hid his hatred behind pious utterances.

The writer makes the claim that Billy Graham “did not truly support the civil rights movement.”

A few key words in the browser will reveal many reports on how Graham supported the movement and did not allow segregation at his revivals. He preached love and the offer of a new life through forgiveness of past sins through grace. His invitation to come “just as I am” to salvation convinced millions to turn wasted lives into new and productive ones.

Graham never claimed to be perfect. Like all of us, he surely had his prejudices — and if he were here today he would admit he has sinned in this area. But his impact for good cannot be disputed. Perhaps the author of that letter should examine her own prejudices and positive impacts on others before casting stones at Graham.


Re: March 1 article, “Austin Dick’s customers give mixed reviews to store’s new gun policies.”

A customer at Dick’s Sporting Goods in North Austin said the problem with gun violence was not guns, but that “children are not taught values anymore.”

What values is she talking about? That it’s wrong to murder children and teachers? I would suggest that if you think it’s OK for ordinary people to buy weapons whose sole purpose is to kill large numbers of people in the shortest amount of time, you’re the one short on values.


In 1996, a policy rider to the federal omnibus spending bill specified that “none of the funds made available for injury prevention and control at the CDC may be used to advocate or promote gun control.” Known as the Dickey Amendment, that policy rider is still operational, and has effectively eliminated federally funded research on gun availability and death and injury rates for more than two decades.

March 23 is the deadline for Congress to act on the 2019 federal omnibus spending bill. Arkansas Congressman Jay Dickey later recanted his position.

We need good research to make good policy decisions. It seems to me that repeal of the Dickey Amendment is low-hanging fruit, available in a timely manner. Please consider contacting your federal representatives. We need to start somewhere.


Re: Feb. 25 letter to the editor, “Student: Evidence on guns overwhelming.”

“What are you going to do about it?” Implement the same safety standards as airports. Remove “Gun Free Zone” signs. Control entrance and exit.

Issue photo ID’s to be scanned as students, teachers, administrators and other employees enter the school through metal detectors and imaging machines linked to school data base. Arm and train volunteer school employees in the use of handguns, then issue them concealed carry permits. Retired military and police would be quick to volunteer.

Place one police officer for every 400 students on permanent duty in each school. Have them patrol the buildings and the grounds. Dedicated office for the police with full access to real time surveillance equipment. Hot line to nearest police station. This is a good start.

Our tireless defense of the Constitution gave you the right to write your letter and the newspaper to publish it. Should that be taken away from you and them?


It is so sickening and disingenuous to listen to Wayne LaPierre or President Trump at the Conservative Political Action Conference lie to their audience. No one is trying to eliminate the Second Amendment. Never happened, never will happen.

Moreover, even if it were true, three-fourths of the state would need to ratify the change, which would never happen.

They are only fanning the fires to take away from a more sane and logical discourse on gun control: with no minors, with no felons, with no history of domestic abuse, with no mental illness — with no one unfit to own a gun. Let’s enact sane laws.


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