Letters to the editor: Sept. 4, 2018

Sept 03, 2018
Reshma Kirpalani

Re: Aug. 30 article, “Feds target border-area passport seekers.”

We have recently learned that the Trump administration has been revoking passports from citizens of the United States based solely on where they were born. Every American who supports our ideals of civil liberties and equal justice for all should be outraged by this revelation.

Our representatives must investigate this abhorrent abuse of power and pass legislation to protect the people who elected them. If they do not, we must elect ones who will. To protect our compatriots, and to protect the rule of law in this country we love, we can do no less.

ALEX MEED, PFLUGERVILLE

Re: Aug. 30 article, “Feds target border-area passport seekers.”

I am asking Sens. Ted Cruz and John Cornyn to look into the troubling stories we are hearing about American citizens living in Texas who are being denied passports and are scheduled for deportation hearings because of concerns that their birth certificates may be fraudulent.

Instead of our government proving their case that these accusations are true, they are placing the onus on these people to prove that they are citizens, often requiring them to provide documentation from around the time of their birth — something that few of us would realistically have access to.

These practices are discriminatory, largely targeting Latino Americans, and are not in the spirit of American ethics. Our senators must investigate.

LOLLY WALTER, PFLUGERVILLE

Sens. Ted Cruz and John Cornyn,

As one of your constituents, I want you to know that I am vehemently against the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court.

He stands against workers, net neutrality and many other topics I am very passionate about. Should you vote to confirm him, I will campaign against your re-election 100 percent. Not just vote against you — but actively work for an opposing campaign. He is unacceptable. I will take it as a personal affront, as well as a vote against the benefit of your own constituency, if you assist in his confirmation.

Thank you for your time. Please consider your decision with care for your political future.

MICHAEL NGUYEN, AUSTIN

Watching Ted Cruz and Beto O’Rourke battle it out, I’ve come to this conclusion: It doesn’t matter to Cruz if he wins or loses; he’s going to keep doing what he’s been doing since he got elected to represent Texas in the Senate — and that is not representing Texas, but running for president.

It does matter to O’Rourke if he wins or loses. If he wins, he will represent Texas with his whole heart. If he loses, he will take his town-hall-listening-and-responding self to the rest of the country. I think he just might find an audience.

The battle between these two isn’t over by a long shot.

MELODIE GREIDER, DRIPPING SPRINGS

Like a lot of people in Austin, I work in the tech sector and have decent health insurance. Most tech workers like me don’t realize that the Affordable Care Act’s protections apply to people on employer-sponsored plans, not just those who purchase insurance on ACA exchanges.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s lawsuit — joined by 19 other states — aims to overturn basic consumer protections, such as the provision that allows children under 26 to be covered under their parents’ plans, the prohibition on lifetime and yearly dollar limits on coverage, and free preventive care. These protections apply to 180 million Americans, including those who get their health insurance through their employer.

If Paxton succeeds, then Austin companies could decide to provide only junk insurance plans, with exclusions for pre-existing conditions — and with lifetime and annual limits. In essence, all of us need to be paying more attention.

NOAH MASTERSON, AUSTIN

I recommend that everyone visit an Austrian or German war museum. On belt buckles worn by Nazi troops is the inscription “Gott mit Uns” or “God with us.” Both the Allies and Axis thought God was on their side. Fortunately, it was God’s decision.

Once the war was over, it didn’t take long for the duped — except the bunker-hardened — to realize what happened and who was responsible.

Disagreeing on governmental policies is OK. Substituting lies for truth, thereby preventing agreement on facts, is lethal to democracies and rational discussions.

We will soon enough be given incontrovertible evidence to determine for ourselves who was responsible and why. To undo the damage of this disaster will take decades. We should have our own Nuremberg trials to expose and expel the media and politicians who purposely misled us and damaged our democracy.

DON BATORY, AUSTIN