Re: Sept. 9 article, “PolitiFact: How Cruz’s ad distorts what O’Rourke said about protests” and Sept. 12 letter to the letter, “Cruz, his ethics, have no place in U.S. Senate.”
Even after President Trump attacked Ted Cruz’s family during the Republican primaries, Cruz has said he’d “welcome” support from President Trump for his campaign.
Make a note: If Cruz can’t stand up for his own wife and father against a bully, he won’t stand up for Texans.
KATHRYN EVANS, PFLUGERVILLE
It is no surprise that Ted Cruz’s first TV ad of the fall campaign distorts Beto O’Rourke’s stand on every issue, because Cruz has no record of his own to tout.
Since being elected, he has: 1) run for president, and 2) see No. 1.
Are any of these issues facing Texans better since “Negative Ted” was elected: border security, health insurance premiums, manufacturing jobs, farm income, school shootings, opioid addiction, and FEMA response to Hurricane Harvey?
It’s time to elect someone who will work for Texans, not just try — and fail — to use his seat in Congress as a stepping stone to higher office. Drain the swamp.
ROBERT BAUMGARDNER, AUSTIN
Re: Sept. 12 letter to the editor, “Opioids offer an easy way out of treatment.”
To the letter-writer who surmised that chronic-pain sufferers are simply not trying enough to tackle their pain before turning to opioids: Have you ever suffered from chronic pain?
I’ve suffered from a herniated lumbar disc for 11 years. I’ve tried every treatment under the sun until I had spine surgery two months ago. My pain is so bad that not even opioids cut it.
Perhaps, Texas should legalize marijuana for people like me. Perhaps, if people like you understood the intensity of our pain, we could increase our chances of finding new treatments that don’t cause addictions. But, if you believe that it is all in our heads, that day will never come.
KRISTI CAVAZOS, GEORGETOWN
Re: Sept. 7 Paul Hands editorial cartoon
The Paul Hands’ cartoon that you published regarding the Republican reaction to protests at the Brett Kavanaugh hearings was apt.
I find it illuminating that during the Kavanaugh hearings, Sen. John Cornyn was outraged that there were protests, and that members objected that documents weren’t being released and called for adjournment — but he has no outrage over Trump’s racism. (He had too much on his mind to comment when asked by a reporter).
He was not outraged over President Trump’s family-separation program, and has expressed no outrage about the over 400 children who are still separated from their parents. He has no outrage about Trump’s abuse of law enforcement.
Did I miss Cornyn speaking out when Trump criticized the attorney general for prosecuting two Republican congressmen, because it would hurt the Republicans in the midterms?
TONI HUNTER, AUSTIN
Re: Sept. 11 article, “Taylor homeowner could see $159 hike in property taxes.”
I’ve never understood the correlation between rising property values and rising taxes. Our elected officials have the power to offset rising property values with lowered tax rates if they choose. They rarely do.
Your subheadline on the Taylor tax increase says: “Expected increase not due to higher rate, but rising property values.” That is disingenuous at best — and deceitful at worst. It also appears to give cover to the elected officials who decided a 16 percent tax increase was affordable to someone who lives in an average-valued home of $146,000.
The pending tax increase is only attributable to the Taylor City Council failing to lower the rate enough to offset rising property values. Hmm. I wonder what the voter-participation rate is in Taylor.
DAVID LEFFLER, AUSTIN