Letters to the editor: Sept. 5. 2018


Re: Aug. 31 article, “Trump says he’s canceling pay raises.”

If you ever worked for the federal government – and there are legions of us – you must inwardly weep at President Trump’s having canceled the previously budgeted 2 percent cost-of-living pay raise for federal employees. The president’s justification: The imperative to get government spending under control.

This comes after a record $1 trillion federal deficit consequent to the huge tax cuts primarily benefiting the already rich, for which Trump can take credit.

If you never worked for the government, you doubtless have a close family member or friend who did. You can ask them how they feel. And maybe how they will be voting in the upcoming election.

EDMUND L. NICHOLS, AUSTIN

Re: Sept. 3 letter to the editor, “Employers, even in NFL, can set workplace rules.”

I agree with the writer’s statement concerning workers and job rules. It perfectly defines those workers who work without a contract versus those who do — union representation.

The employer is free to do what he pleases with nonunion employees. Under the union, workers have contracts that spell out every detail of their relationship. Imposing a rule without proper negotiations on a union employee is a violation of that contract.

Also, employees are entitled to breaks. The national anthem lasts maybe a little over two minutes. Why can’t an employee kneel during his or her 10-minute break? Now vote for Beto O’Rourke.

RUPERT REYES, AUSTIN

Re: Sept. 2 commentary, “Lawsuit could be devastating for affordable health care.”

The authors accurately describe the many problems that would be caused by the U.S. District Court if the Affordable Care Act is invalidated, as many Republican attorneys general are seeking in their lawsuit. Texas Attorney General Paxton seems to ignore undeniable facts in his small-government philosophy — apparently, indifferent to who is hurt, and no matter the actual cost.

Millions of families would lose their health insurance, which would cost us taxpayers billions of dollars in hidden costs. People will go to the emergency rooms and hospitals, and medical providers will pass the costs on to consumers. The cost of medical care will continue to increase uncontrollably.

JOHN MOORMAN, ROUND ROCK

Re: Sept. 1 letter to the editor, “Trump was wrong about brave McCain.”

Amazing! The writer ruminates of the bravery and sacrifice John McCain made to this country, then goes on to show the cowardly derelictions of President Trump. Yes, he raked Trump over the hot coals very accurately, but went on to say he would still vote for a lying, coward of a man who dodged the military draft.

The justification for his abstruse statements is “because the Democratic Party is of socialism and treason.” I can confidently say that the writer needs to educate himself on the many uses of the word “social” and its many applications and misuses, too. No doubt, he would like to get rid of the Democratic Party. But, then it would be a one-party government. Isn’t that Communism?

ROBERT WHITE, ROUND ROCK

The White House, which is under a cloud of suspicion, is now withholding 100,000 pages of Brett Kavanaugh’s writings under President George W. Bush. Knowing that Kavanaugh believes in minimal limitations to presidential power, this is unacceptable.

Given that Kavanaugh would be deciding on issues that involve this president and the Robert Mueller investigation, this is unacceptable. Americans must understand his views, and his work record is important to that understanding.

Further, under Mitch McConnell’s rules about not appointing a justice during an election cycle, hearings should not begin until the Congress elected in November is sworn in.

Sens. Ted Cruz and John Cornyn should do the right thing for Texas and the United States by delaying the Kavanaugh hearings until Kavanaugh’s entire record is available for review, and the newly elected Senate is sworn in. It’s the only ethical thing to do.

REBECCA ELDER, AUSTIN

Re: Sept. 1 letter to the editor, “Trump was wrong about brave McCain.”

In these current times, with so much dividing us, President Trump saw no reason to change things.

The author of the letter pointed out Trump’s lack of grace, his inability to admit to mistakes, his “bone spurs” and inability to recognize his own flaws — Trump’s overall lack of some of the traits that make up an ordinary American, let alone a great one. The author says he voted for Trump and will do so again.

Up until now, his opinion fits the facts as we know them — an informed opinion.

Because Democrats are the party of socialism and treason? Would you have printed his letter if he said all service veterans are cowardly or treasonous? All police officers are racist criminals?

Where is Joseph N. Welch when we need him?

The letter author weighed in. So have I.

TIM TRUMAN, BASTROP



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