Re: May 9 article, “Central Texas members of Congress react to U.S. abandoning Iran deal.”
This article quoted Sens. John Cornyn and Ted Cruz, and also Reps. Michael McCaul, Lamar Smith, Roger Williams, John Carter and Bill Flores as supporting President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal.
I suggest this is not the time to simply applaud everything our president says and does. Numerous American and Israeli military and security leaders believe the agreement is working, but the U.S. withdrawal will increase the chances of Israeli or American war with Iran.
We need our elected officials in Congress to press President Trump to immediately reverse his decision, to speak out against increasing the risk of yet another endless war in the Middle East, and to demand emergency hearings where administration officials are questioned about the grave consequences of this action.
VIRGINIA OSKOUIPOUR, AUSTIN
Re: May 9 article, “Austin City Council might ban resale of police officers’ guns.”
So, it seems our City Council and other elected officials can find untold silly things for us to pay for, such as teaching homeowners how not to be hoodwinked by predatory real estate buyers, and mandating that we all have screens on our doors and windows.
But, that is not enough. Now, it’s somehow wrong for us to save nearly $400,000 by selling retired police firearms. I guess we’ll probably have to pay to have them destroyed. How much more will that cost?
I guess it’s important to continue to demonstrate that our city can find endless ways to spend money instead of saving it. It does boggle the mind.
GAIL B. ARMSTRONG, AUSTIN
Congratulations to all the mothers in Texas. Barbara Bush recognized the value of motherhood when she said: “You must read to your children and you must hug your children and you must love your children. Your success as a family, our success as a society, depends not on what happens in the White House, but on what happens inside your house.”
Mothers play a critical role in providing the guidance needed for today’s youth. How are children best trained to be responsible, mature, contributing adults? There is no question that a mother molds the child — who comforts a sick child, who wipes away the tears, who gives so very much, but asks so very little.
In an age when mothers are devalued, they deserve even more of our praise, support and thanks. Mothers should be remembered and honored, not only on Mother’s Day, but every day of the year.
REED MARKHAM, SORRETO, FLORIDA
We have all seen blue signs with a wheelchair on them and sometimes we see “reserved parking” which is OK, but we also see another word that should be abolished or discontinued.
Sometimes the wording on these signs read “handicapped parking” or “handicapped hotel rooms” or “handicapped bathrooms.” Parking spots that are designated for people with disabilities have always been referred to as “handicap parking spots.” Bathroom stalls that are designed for people who use wheelchairs, or need extra space, have been referred to as “handicap stalls.”
We need to look into legislation for the “handicapped” signs to be retired and discontinued and replaced with “accessible” signs. People with disabilities are people first and not “handicapped.”
JAKE PINNER, BUDA
Re: May 10 article, “North Texas school ends birthday spankings.”
In the reporting of the Alvord school tradition of birthday spankings, one parent is quoted to say that those who complain are from big cities and do not understand small-town communities.
I suspect that celebratory spanks are not of the same intensity as the punitive paddling that still occurs in some Texas schools — even in big cities — but these demonstrate a lack of respect for the student’s body and are a violation of the student’s dignity.
Small-town community traditions are no excuse for a failure to change what has been done in the past into what should be done now.
RICHARD CHIARELLO, AUSTIN
Reading today about the hotter-than-normal temperatures this summer, I thought of Dr. Katharine Hayhoe’s climate predictions for Austin if carbon dioxide emissions continue at the current pace: We’re on target to experience up to 63 days of temperatures over 100 degrees in the summer starting in 2041, with an average summer temperature of 98 to 100 degrees.
With Mother’s Day today, it makes me feel very worried for my girls, who will be about my age in 2050. That’s why I’m joining 12 volunteers from the Austin area in D.C. this June to lobby with the Citizens’ Climate Lobby. We’ll be talking to our members of Congress about their leadership on effective solutions to the climate crisis, like enacting a carbon fee and dividend policy. I have great hope that Congressman Michael McCaul and the other Texas members will consider joining the Climate Solutions Caucus to help us ensure our children have a more prosperous future.
SUSAN ADAMS, AUSTIN