Letters to the editor: October 18, 2020
Cornyn has much to answer
for after years in office
I got bad vibrations from Sen. John Cornyn’s performance during the debate with MJ Hegar.
The senator did not understand that he was debating an Air Force veteran who had completed three tours of duty in Afghanistan. During her Air Force career she was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross with Valor, a Purple Heart and many other awards.
Hegar is a prodigious grass roots fundraiser and needs no help from the shadowy special interests that beset the senator’s fundraising efforts.
Cornyn also must be held accountable for the secretive and inhumane conditions that have persisted along our border, particularly the separation of parents from their children.
These events occurred on Cornyn's watch. He has much to answer for. Additional debates are needed.
Richard Martin, Austin
Nothing measured about
McCaul’s time in government
Re: Oct. 11 commentary, “Endorsement: McCaul’s measured approach is worth keeping in Congress.”
The Statesman endorsed reelecting U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul for District 10 by praising his measured approach to legislation and his bipartisanship.
You say this is best for his constituents, but this is a man who refuses to meet those constituents, unless they share his political outlook. How’s that for bipartisanship?
You call him a moderate with a measured approach. Yet it was he and his then-boss John Cornyn who presided in 1999 over the mass arrests and prosecutions of 46 residents of Tulia, the vast majority of them black residents, based on the unreliable testimony of a racist police officer. They then delayed justice for the wrongly convicted for years. How’s that for a measured approach?
What was he measuring? The amount of time the wrongly convicted can survive in prison? I can assure you that the majority of Austinites “represented” by McCaul disagree with your endorsement. Vote for Mike Siegel!
Amy Mashberg, Austin
Limiting ballot drop sites
is voter suppression
Re: Oct. 14 article, “Appeals court allows Abbott to close multiple ballot drop-off sites.”
The court ruling that upheld limiting drop sites to one per county is clear evidence of voter suppression at the state level. Three Trump-appointed judges responding to a Republican governor made it harder for the elderly and disabled to securely submit their ballots at a time when there is valid concern about the U.S. Postal Service’s ability to deliver them on a timely basis due to the actions of a Trump appointee.
I am past 70 with underlying health issues. It was a 52-mile round trip to use the only drop site in Travis County. There is no public transportation from my area that would reach it. The cost of a car service, had I needed to use one, would have been substantial. There could be no other reason to limit access but to prevent ease of voting by a vulnerable group of individuals.
Truly transparent and shameful.
Linda Nelson, Austin
Plan to limit drug prices
could bring other costs
Re: Oct. 7 article, “Travis County coronavirus data continue downward trend, but distancing remains a concern.”
After suffering through this challenging year, I am encouraged that the rate of new COVID-19 diagnoses and hospitalizations is finally declining and that our economy has begun to reopen.
Coupled with the rapid progress of U.S. pharmaceutical companies in their quest to develop COVID-19 vaccines and treatments, I’m hopeful we may get past this pandemic sooner than later.
However, there are some officials in Washington whose election-year declarations may threaten these encouraging trends, such as the “most favored nation” proposal that would hitch our nation’s Medicare drug pricing to that of other countries. This would be short sighted and threaten progress on the vaccine and on future cures for other diseases.
I encourage our policymakers to focus on doing what’s best for the long-term health and well-being of our nation.
Linda Richards, Austin
No response to inquiry
Weeks ago I wrote the mayor and city council asking why they were not working with Community First Village and Alan Graham to help address the homelessness problem. The response: crickets.
Not even an automated response. I did, however, get a text two weeks later from Council Member Greg Casar’s volunteer team asking for me to support “people being housed” among other things. Thank you, Mayor Steve Adler and the members of the city council, for thoughtfully responding to your constituent’s inquiry — not!
Barbara Reagor, Austin