Letters to the editor: May 31, 2017

Re: May 22 commentary, “Webb Report: Where to go when you’re sad in Austin.”

Eric Webb had a list of six places “to go when you’re sad in Austin” — and it made me sad that he forgot some very crucial ways to lift your heart. Here are three very simple ways to get your smile back:

• Grab your mat! Yoga has been proven to provide enhanced emotional relief. Austin has more yoga studios than most states can boast.

• Love your brother! Another amazing way to lift your heart is to give to those in need. Spend some time at Community First or Mobile Loaves and Fishes.

• Lastly, call your mother. Chances are in this day and age you have not spoken on the phone to someone in your family in a long time. Sit down and call someone you love and ask them how they are doing.

Just some items to add to your list — simple and old-school.


Gov. Greg Abbott making sarcastic comments about demonstrating his shooting ability to reporters may seem harmless enough. But in this Trumpian era — where truth and facts are challenged daily — principled government leaders should promote more civil discourse, not less.

One of his Republican colleagues assaults a reporter; Trump calls the press the enemy of the people; and Abbott makes bad jokes that add impetus to the continued assault on our press. I would remind him that the founding fathers put freedom of the press in the First Amendment ahead of his beloved Second Amendment.

To quote Thomas Jefferson: “The basis of our governments being the opinion of the people, the very first object should be to keep that right; and were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter.”


Cutting Medicaid by almost $1 trillion is throwing disabled Americans over the cliff. It does not make America great again; it makes America cruel, heartless, shameful and immoral. Trump recently told Saudi Arabia to “drive out extremists.” Is the Republican plan to “drive out” Americans with disabilities?

If so, the plan will not work because we have nowhere else to go. If the Republican plan is to cause suffering and even death to Americans with disabilities, then the plan will certainly succeed. Defunding Medicaid will harm disabled Americans without any doubt. The rest of the world is shocked that America, the richest country in the world, would commit such an atrocity against its own citizens.


The disdain Donald Trump’s budget shows for children, the elderly, people with disabilities, and those struggling to make ends meet — really, so many working families like yours and mine — is truly jaw-dropping. What happened to championing Americans who feel forgotten and left behind?

The White House intends to drastically cut basic assistance programs that help hard-working families put food on the table and get affordable health care. By slashing SNAP, Medicaid, and more, this budget imagines a future where millions of Americans will go to bed hungry and have nowhere to turn when they fall ill.

This is cruel, not to mention breathtakingly hypocritical. Instead of taking away food and health care, I call on Rep. Michael McCaul and Sens. John Cornyn and Ted Cruz to find ways to build on what’s already working to help all of us create a better future.


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