If Amazon picks Austin for its so-called HQ2, I’m not so sure that’s a good thing. Why? Because Austin is already near full employment.
So, 50,000 new jobs might mean up to 50,000 new families moving to Austin. Results? Increased demand for housing, which would cause the already high average house price in Austin to increase. Fifty-thousand more families commuting on Austin’s already congested roads. School enrollment would increase.
Would Austin need new schools? Would property taxes to go up? Probably. Up to 50,000 more families would tap into Austin’s scarce and finite water resources. Would there be economic gains? Of course. The question is would they outweigh the negative impacts on our community. Maybe I’m looking at the glass half-empty, but I’m hoping Amazon’s HQ2 goes someplace else. I hear Newark, N.J., is nice.
LEE CANTRELL, AUSTIN
During the campaign for president, Donald Trump insulted and demeaned Sen. Ted Cruz and his wife, Heidi.
Now, President Trump will come to Texas and stump for Cruz, who will welcome the endorsement with open arms. The actions of both men are despicable, and both lack any sense of decorum or ethical behavior. Seems the political party is more important than loyalty to one’s spouse or self. Both these men are classless.
JOHN NUGENT, GEORGETOWN
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 dereliction 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 has become the party 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
It baffles and appalls me that, even now, Americans continue to support Trump. They may be forgiven for their early hopeful backing, but the ongoing support — despite his obvious psychoses, lying, cheating, sexism, racism, crudeness, boasting, bragging, bullying, fear-mongering, defensiveness, insecurity and name-calling — are beyond understanding.
He’s defiled the office of president of the United States. His administration is in chaos. He’s weakened our standing in the world. He’s embraced our enemies and alienated our allies. His impulse-driven policies lurch inconsistently from pole to pole. There is no leadership, no plan and no accountability.
Any fool can see he’s dangerous, unstable and unfit — and, yet, that’s acceptable to many Americans. You should be ashamed. Ashamed for voting him and in, and abjectly ashamed for keeping him in despite what you have seen and heard with your own eyes and ears.
PETER CASE, WIMBERLEY
There is an evident pall over the once gleeful Democratic Party.
Hillary Clinton had seemed as sure a thing as Casey at the bat, hitting a triumphant home run.
But, that gleeful gang within 10 seconds of the opening of the Senate hearings for Trump Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh with sour faces began their first of 63 interruptions to the proceeding while their angry supporters had to be arrested and removed.
A politically minded comedian displayed her humor by holding up a bloody, severed head resembling President Trump. Declaring that Trump is a bigoted idiot is now what late night show hosts use as their opening monologue “humor.”
It is clear there has been no joy in Democratville since the night mighty Clinton struck out.
LARRY VOLKENING, HOUSTON
So, Brett Kavanaugh worked for Ken Starr, preparing the report that urged the impeachment of Bill Clinton. He later worked for President George W. Bush, though what he wrote during that time is now hidden by executive privilege.
Those two jobs tell me he is a typical Republican partisan. Once he’s on the Supreme Court, he’ll be just another politician in robes — a hack in black.
MARC O’SHAUGHNESSY, AUSTIN