Letters to the editor: May 14, 2018

Re: May 10 article, “Up to 35 days of 100-degree heat this summer in Austin area, LCRA says.”

I’m losing sleep. What will I face if I stay in Central Texas in the coming decades?

Despite warming trends and projections of increasing numbers of triple-digit heat, rampant development surrounds me in Dripping Springs and in western Travis County. I wonder how we will supply water to so many in the coming years.

Meanwhile, too many profiteers and Texas politicians refuse to address climate change honestly, denying the level of threat and kicking the can down the road again and again.


I am a retired businessman. In the 1980s, I brought more than 500 manufacturing, administrative and sales jobs into the Austin area.

I join Sens. Kirk Watson and Donna Howard and other progressive Democratic leaders in endorsing Joseph Kopser in the Congressional District 21 Democratic Primary.

With 20 years of military service and a successful business career, Kopser has repeatedly demonstrated his capacity to get difficult things done. Also, he is our best choice to defeat the Republican candidate in the November election.

This will be one of the most important elections in the history of our country. Please vote for Joseph Kopser on May 22.


Re: May 4 article, “On Prayer Day, Trump creates new faith office.”

By definition, faith is personal and private, not objective. Faith precludes tolerance. If beliefs are incompatible, each belief presupposes all others to be wrong. Throughout history, religions broke up with factions incorporating local traditions, fads, cruel practices and whatever leaders considered.

Faith-based providers of services must never proselytize and promulgate opinions that most scientists consider wrong. They must be held to regular standards as other providers.

American Evangelicals’ goals have strayed far from the teachings of Jesus. Their obsession with sex is perverse, not “biblical.” Imagine their ideal: a world with no abortions, billions of people added to the world population, unthinkable famines, mass migrations and wars. My faith: There is no place for our military and the adversarial, punitive legal system — and governments must treat everybody in humane ways, with no exceptions.


When speaking to the National Rifle Association last week, Sen. John Cornyn touted the fact that concealed carry permits were on the rise for women, proudly proclaiming that his wife got hers. He urged listeners to trust him and his sponsorship of Concealed Carry Reciprocity, which would allow gun owners to carry hidden handguns across state lines.

Cornyn failed to mention that such reciprocity puts women especially at risk, making the entire country honor the laxest state laws. In states like Arkansas and Georgia, abusive boyfriends can carry hidden guns. With reciprocity, they could do so in Texas, too. And while Sandy Cornyn did hours of training to receive a permit in Texas, permits aren’t required in 12 other states.

Why would Sen. Cornyn, a proclaimed champion of states’ rights, voluntarily forgo Texas laws? The answer is politics as usual. Trust him? Not with our lives.


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