Letters to the editor: Sept. 1, 2017

On Sunday, Aug. 27, despite the rain and wind from Hurricane Harvey, the Austin American-Statesman was on our porch, double-bagged, waiting to be read.

We know how much trouble it is to “porch” a paper when the driver has to stop and exit his or her vehicle instead of just slinging it out the window. Three of our sons delivered the Austin American-Statesman in the 1970s, when they were teenagers attending Anderson High School. We had exciting morning rides with them, surprised by nocturnal animals in the area: a deer standing by a gas pump on Mesa Drive, a rabbit hopping down Steck Avenue in the dark on an Easter morning, a possum’s eyes gleaming in the headlights and raccoons raiding trash cans by a garage on Wildridge Drive.

Good memories and experiences that insure we will never ever take a delivered paper for granted!


With epic weather due to Harvey, I truly was expecting no paper delivery today, Saturday, Aug. 26.

Wow, I guess the delivery people at the American-Statesman don’t let a little ol’ hurricane or tropical storm stop them from getting us the news. I live in the Galindo area. Whoever that was, I salute!

Tuck in and be safe, my Austin friends. And never forget the American-Statesman — truly — delivers.


Re: Aug. 24 article, “Cornyn: Trump’s shutdown threat over border wall was negotiation tactic.”

President Trump seems to think the American taxpayer should pay for a wall that he insisted Mexico would pay for; he’s embarrassed because that is not going to happen. He is now trying to bully Congress by threatening to shut down the government if they don’t pay for the wall.

The wall is not wanted, nor would it be effective. Why is Congress putting up with this bully? There seems to be no integrity in those who could actually stop Trump’s irrational and disturbing behavior. At the very least, he should be censured, though the Republicans in Congress — except for a few principled ones — seem to be afraid of him. Yet, when bullies are confronted, they usually turn tail and run, which Trump always does.


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

The writer says, “The Taliban has come to America … to remove statues built by our forefathers.”

However, these statues were inexpensively mass produced and installed during the Jim Crow Era of political and social terrorism upon minority populations.

Did you ever consider that the Confederates were American’s own Islamic State? There is no patriotism towards these “relics of hate” other than by those still harboring racist ideology. Gen. Robert Lee was opposed to public displays honoring the Civil War because it was a dark time in our history for both sides. If you are afraid that taking statues down will erase our history, you have not read enough history. The Nazis burned books, much like the KKK tried to destroy literal descriptions of slavery by authors like Solomon Northup. That’s when you should be truly scared that our history will be erased.


Re: Aug. 22 article, “UT’s Fenves removes Confederate statues as symbols of white supremacy.”

Though I agree with UT President Fenves’ decision to remove the Confederate statues from prominent locations on campus, I totally disagree with his reasoning.

He has stated these statues have becomes symbols of hate, white supremacy and neo-Nazism. Removing the statues does protect them from destruction and reduces the chance of violence on campus; however, to say they are symbols of hate is unfair. Generals like Robert E. Lee served in the Confederate military because they were soldiers and their states asked them to — not because of hate. State pride and loyalty was more prevalent then.

They should not be considered hate mongers simply because individuals who have probably never studied the Civil War have chosen to align with them. Similarly, the individuals we have seen defacing Confederate memorials in recent days likely couldn’t pass a U.S. history exam. Funny how people preach tolerance until someone disagrees with them.


The Aug. 22 news conference will be remembered as the moment President Trump lit the fuse for the demolition of his “brand.” Regardless of the distractions and lies that will be ever-present throughout his presidency, or the outcome of the Russian interference investigations, there will never again be “prestige” associated with the Trump brand.

For the next three and a half years, people will continue to buy access and influence by supporting Trump businesses in Washington and around the world. But the real Donald Trump has emerged for all to see. His defense of the neo-Nazis, anti-Semitic and white supremacist marchers in Charlottesville — and his later declaration of feeling liberated by finally speaking his mind — leaves no doubt regarding his true nature. Accordingly, everything about Trump and his presidency going forward is “lame duck.” Everything “Trump” is destined for ruin — and he’s done it himself.


Re: Aug. 24 letter to the editor, “Trump should buy some Confederate statues.”

In response to the letter to the editor suggesting that Donald Trump buy Confederate statues: What a spectacular idea! We will then have a president who, like these Confederates, defended the evil of racism and owns statues honoring their goal of destroying the United States. Why not include a statue of Hitler, too? Might as well champion the neo-Nazis!


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