Letters to the editor: Sept. 5, 2017

    Updated Sept 05, 2017
Nick Wagner
Austin resident Craig Nazor looks over a fact sheet about CodeNext during a community meeting about the zoning initiative at Austin City Hall in May. CodeNext is the city’s initiative to revamp its land development code. NICK WAGNER/AMERICAN-STATESMAN

While making donations to Texas areas hit by hurricane, I read that inadequate flood control and density of development are blamed for much of Houston’s flooding from Harvey. That made me worry that CodeNext could be setting Austin up for similar problems.

We already have inner-city areas with flood issues, and our development practice seems to be build it first and worry later about traffic, runoff and rising creeks. I hope Mayor Adler and our City Council are doing their job to see that our development department (in its rush to get approval for the recently revised and complicated CodeNext that will make Austin more like Houston) makes very sure that any density and impervious cover increases don’t bring Austin residents more traffic and flood disasters.

MARY LEY, AUSTIN

I am pleased that U.S. Rep. Peter King, R-New York, will vote to approve disaster aid to Texas even though Sen. Ted Cruz voted against providing an aid package for New York and New Jersey when the 2013 superstorm hit their states.

Cruz should be ashamed of his 2013 vote. Unfortunately, it took an epic Texas storm for Cruz to acknowledge the Federal Emergency Management Agency provides valuable resources before and after a major disaster. Cruz immediately posted to his official Senate web site the phone number for Texans to register their 2017 claim with FEMA.

We Texans should be glad Cruz became a believer in FEMA. I hope that Cruz votes to approve adequate funding for FEMA in the upcoming federal budget approval process. Following the epic storm, Texans will need millions or billions to recover from Harvey’s hurricane and flooding.

SHIRLEY SCHMIDT, MEADOWLAKES

Gov. Greg Abbott, who has refused to accept Medicaid funds from Washington, has unabashedly proclaimed his joy at receiving assistance in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, stating, “We could not be more appreciative of what the federal government has done.”

I must be missing something.

I thought that Abbott believed in free enterprise. Just why isn’t our governor allowing that system to address this national disaster?

In a May 3 Dallas Morning News column, Abbott said, “For decades, the federal government has grown too big, too costly and too intrusive into our lives.”

Except when Abbott — and not sick Texans who can’t afford health care — needs it?

BARBARA CHIARELLO, AUSTIN

Re: Aug. 25 letter to the editor, “Removing statues similar to our enemies’ actions.”

The letter writer compares the removal of Confederate monuments demanded by a “minority” of our citizens to Islamic extremists’ destruction of ancient sculptures and archaeological sites. The western equivalent of burqas and Sharia Law must surely follow.

Let’s see, on one side we have the removal of memorials commemorating people who supported and fought for an institution abhorrent to the vast majority of Americans; memorials to an institution long ago abolished by our European forebears, sons and daughters of the enlightenment; memorials first erected a mere century and a half ago … an eye-blink in the history of the earth.

And on the other side, we have the wanton destruction of the remnants of the world’s great civilizations, the evidence of our shared humanity, dating back thousands upon thousands of years ago, a priceless treasure that will never be seen again.

There is no equivalency between the two. Moral or otherwise.

DAVID BUTLER, AUSTIN