Re: Aug. 31 commentary, “Can we escape 1968? Only if we stop living in the past.”
I enjoy E.J. Dionne’s columns and nearly always agree with him — but I must take issue with his Aug. 31 column about us baby boomers living in the past.
The U.S. cannot recover from the Vietnam War because it divided the country so badly and did not unite people, as World War II did. While living in Great Britain in the early 1970s, a British veteran of World War II told me his country would never recover from the destruction caused by that war. It has recovered, but it took several generations.
Maybe after all the Vietnam veterans and baby boomers have died, this country will be able to recover from the 1960s and its unjust war.
JANET TRACY, AUSTIN
On Labor Day, the president tweeted that Attorney General Sessions and the Department of Justice should have delayed or simply refused to go forward with indictments of two Congressmen because they are Trump-supporting Republicans, and the timing of the indictments unfavorably impacts their reelection campaigns.
Even in this age where being rendered speechless by the words and actions of this administration is an almost-daily occurrence, this one stands out.
We now have a president who neither understands nor cares about impartial justice, the rule of law, truth, fairness — pretty much anything that we have formerly held up as our cherished norms and values.
This is the very spirit of obstruction of justice. How much longer are congressional Republicans going to fiddle while Washington, along with the rest of the United States of America, burns?
DIANA SPAIN, AUSTIN
I have heard and watched our past presidents and dignitaries praise a very flawed politician. They have lauded his statesmanship they have praised his military achievements. Nothing could have been further from the truth.
All a person has to do is read John McCain’s biography to realize that he is just another man. No better and very likely much worse than your neighbor.
He was not a war hero, nor was he a stalwart politician. He was not the first person to spend an extended time as a prisoner of war. Although, to my awareness, he is the first to capitalize and make a political career out of self-inflicted misfortune that occurred during his time in the military.
JOHN THOMPSON, GEORGETOWN
Re: Aug. 26 article, “Austin navigates scooter perils, from broken bones to blocked pathways” and Sept. 1 letter to the editor, “City’s out-of-control scooters ruined day.”
Last week, I saw an electric scooter lying at the intersection of the two sidewalks at 38th Street and North Lamar Boulevard No way anybody could get around that without getting off the sidewalk and into the grass.
My granddaughter lives near Venice Beach, Calif., and she says people there get so annoyed at the poor manners of scooter riders that sometimes a scooter just, uh, gets buried in the sand. Hmmm. Maybe Austinites could get creative.
MARY E. MILAM, AUSTIN
The “must be completed by Friday” negotiations did not make that deadline, but I am not too surprised.
Remember after the G-7 meeting that President Trump felt that Prime Minister Trudeau had not been respectful enough toward him, and he declared that he would punish Canada and cost it “a lot of money” because of that? Well, from all accounts, it seems that is just what he is out to do.
It is kind of sickening that a man can be so petty as to want to do permanent harm to a friendly — up until now, at least — country just for revenge over what he considered a personal slight. But, unfortunately for us and the rest of the world, that is the kind of man now in the White House.
E. BRIAN GRAHAM, AUSTIN
I read your Balanced Views columns with complete dismay. It is clearly obvious that both views are entirely liberal slanted.
Maybe some of your readers would enjoy views that represent the other side of the leftist world that your stories consistently reflect.
If we lose our First Amendment, it will be because the mainstream media refuses to stay neutral.
DAVID R. NOAK, LA GRANGE