Letters to the editor: Sept. 9, 2018

Sept 08, 2018
Nurse Tracy Lemley attends to her patient in her home in Harker Heights on Friday, July 6, 2018. RICARDO B. BRAZZIELL / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

I am a Texan with a medically complex child diagnosed in utero with several life-threatening diagnoses. I stay home with my child and give her the best care possible. My family of four has private insurance through my husband’s employer that gives us access to health care. My child’s life depends on access to health care that accepts pre-existing conditions. Though the Medicaid funding in the state of Texas is absurdly insufficient, individuals like my daughter have access to some kind of care. Without the protections on pre-existing conditions, my daughter would have died.

We don’t meet the requirements to receive Medicaid, and the waiver wait lists are astounding. For some, insurance equals life. Without appropriate coverage, individuals like my child will die. Additionally, if an annual or lifetime cap is put on policies, it affects the quality of care and quality of life of a medically complex or medically fragile individual.

MARIA GREY, SANGER

Re: Aug. 31 article, “Council approves resolution that could end city’s ties to Southwest Key.”

Reading coverage of the Aug. 30 council meeting, it’s impossible to understand the intent of the council’s resolution. Unlike your story, which suggests the city “could end ties” with Southwest Key, the resolution directs the city manager to recommend how the city does or doesn’t work with entities that separate families. To be clear: Southwest Key doesn’t separate families. Rather, we diligently reunify kids with their families every day.

Despite the protests of a few, we continue serving some remarkable children — providing kids with care and services after they have been detained at the border.

One benefit of having made national news is that the nation’s elected officials have had more opportunity to see how our work serving unaccompanied minors is rooted in a belief that children should be treated humanely and can thrive in their community. It’s a job we’re proud to do, and we appreciate the city’s support as we do it.

JUAN SANCHEZ, SOUTHWEST KEY PROGRAMS PRESIDENT AND CEO

Re: Sept. 3 article, “Vexed by licensing, some short-term rental owners fight back.”

In response to the Statesman Investigation series on short-term rental owners, it seems obvious to me that Type 2 short-term rentals are operating as a business — like a hotel that books reservations and provides a service. The short-term rental generates revenues and profits like a business. Therefore, if a residential property is not zoned commercial, the short-term rentals should not be allowed operate.

An improperly licensed bed and breakfast — and one that does not meet all criteria for a bed and breakfast — should be shut down immediately. No consideration due to future reservations, as the property owner can simply notify the parties that the bed and breakfast is no longer in business.

DIANNE HARBESON, AUSTIN

Published in the recent anonymous New York Times op-ed is the truth that “many … senior officials in [Trump’s] administration are working diligently from within to frustrate parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations.”

Though “the president continues to act in a manner that is detrimental to the health of our republic,” these unelected officials are foregoing the constitutional remedy of impeachment and removal from office, instead waging an illegal, internal coup against the unfit leader.

This cabal of insiders has hijacked the executive branch rather than follow the procedures established by our country’s founders for exactly this circumstance. Fearing a “constitutional crisis,” they’re winging it “to steer the administration in the right direction until … it’s over.” But the constitutional crisis is not brought about by impeachment and the 25th Amendment; it is brought about by this charade led by people with no legal right to exercise the power they have bestowed upon themselves.

DAMON BRINSON, AUSTIN

Re: Sept. 6 letter to the editor, “Praise for Sen. McCain overblown, unwarranted.

I never voted for John McCain. I didn’t have the privilege to be his friend or even acquaintance. I vehemently opposed the war in which he served.

But more vehemently do I oppose cynicism.

Recently I read McCain’s memoir, “Faith of My Fathers.” He wrote that he was not a man of “spotless virtue,” but tried to uphold and defend the virtues of honesty, bravery and loyalty.

I recommend this book to the letter writer and to anyone who may be disenchanted with the prospects of a life in public service. I, too, was disenchanted — maybe even cynical — years ago, to my great regret.

If McCain, in his celebrated death and near-idolization, can hold a candle of hope for the dim ideals he tried to represent, then he will have, in my opinion, done more good than harm.

Please try to see this as the timely corrective it may be.

SUSAN ARMSTRONG SHAW, AUSTIN