Letters to the editor: Nov. 25, 2017

Re: Nov. 17 article, “Cost-cutting measures coming to Hancock Golf Course.

If the city really wanted to improve the popularity and corresponding increase in revenues at Hancock Golf Course, maybe they should consider renovating the existing course into 18 par-3 holes and install lights for evening play.

It would be a fun course to walk — and with the extended evening hours, could attract more players to get some relaxing exercise after work. An 18-hole, par-3 course would be popular with beginners and skilled players and would allow completion of 18 holes in well under the time it currently takes to play 18-hole traditional courses.


Re: Nov. 18 commentary, “My family fought for the Confederacy. They were heroes.”

I wanted to thank Marshall E. Kuykendall for his very poignant letter to the editor concerning how Austin is treating our history through the removal of Confederate statues and renaming schools.

Three of my great-grandfathers fought for the Confederacy. Great-grandfather John H. Goodwin fought in most of the major Confederate battles, including Gettysburg. My great-, great-grandfather roomed with Jefferson Davis in military school and were longtime friends.

No, I am not ashamed of any of them and along with Kuykendall, I also “do not defend the fact that slavery existed in the South.” Times have changed — and I am now friends with a fourth cousin whose family lived where my family owned numerous plantations; safe to say his family was owned by one of my families. I am proud that we can be family and equals today. But, please enough with the political correctness.


Re: Nov. 18 commentary, “My family fought for the Confederacy. They were heroes.”

In his op-ed piece, Marshall E. Kuykendall does not recognize that most of the Confederate statues around the South were placed between 1900 and 1930 — long after the Civil War had ended.

They were purchased and placed, most from a factory, not to honor confederate leaders, but to advance the cause of white supremacy — the Klu Klux Klan and others.

He says his ancestors, who were Confederate soldiers, should be honored.

In order to preserve slavery, they became traitors to their country — and started a war that killed some 500,000 people, including President Abraham Lincoln.

What should they be honored for?


Today’s front-page article about the difficulties of finding factory workers — along with our 2.9-percent or thereabouts unemployment rate — makes ludicrous the idea of luring the Amazon second headquarters here. Similarly, the idea of a convention center expansion.

We are obviously not trying to bring in jobs to help with high unemployment. Apparently, we just want Austin to get bigger and bigger to become even more of a tech powerhouse and a “player” on the national scene. That’s not the Austin we used to want.

Sure, we wanted a healthy economy and welcomed people who moved here, but we did not use — not to this extent, at least — economic bribery to get businesses and people to come here.


Re: Nov. 12 article, “U.S. Cities, States back climate deal.”

The U.S. pulling out of the Paris climate accord was distressing, but it is heartening to see the bottom-up support from the cities, states and universities who are determined to take actions to reduce global warming.

Yale’s Climate Change Communications program found this month that a majority of Americans support the Paris Agreement and transition to clean energy. Damages from extreme events are in billions of dollars and victims of this year’s intense hurricanes, flooding and wildfires are suffering.

Yes, it would be immensely helpful to have federal support, but U. S. leaders participating in COP23 Climate Change conference in Bonn, Germany, have shown to the world that they are committed and are going to be partners with the rest of the world in finding solutions. The Citizens’ Climate Lobby has a proposal that will price the carbon, provide dividend to American households, reduce global warming and create jobs.


Amid the incessant antics of the most dangerous and incompetent administration of modern times, it’s difficult to keep track of all of the actions of President Trump that have the potential to dismantle our core institutions.

Among a series of far right appointees, his worst yet is the nomination of Brett Talley for a lifetime judicial post. The American Bar Association rated him as not qualified; he has never tried a case in court; and he has only practiced law for three years. He failed to disclose that his wife is a White House lawyer.

The Republican-dominated judiciary committee has already approved his nomination. Anyone else who is horrified about the possibility of his becoming a judge, please contact Sens. Ted Cruz and John Cornyn to tell them to stand up to Trump and show some integrity in order to maintain a fair and competent judiciary.


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