Austin American-Statesman Letters to the editor: July 17, 2021
Save Austin Now should offer
a solution on homelessness
I just received an invitation to meet with Matt Mackowiak of Save Austin Now at Shoal Creek Saloon. The problem is that Save Austin does not have a solution.
Homeless individuals usually are facing the following situations: They’re veterans with PTSD. They may be on drugs. They may have mental illness. Or they may have quit taking their medications, etc.
Solutions are difficult. It takes neighbors; home owners associations; city, county and state government; national government; nonprofits; churches — each of us.
Save Austin Now should work toward a solution instead of having drinks and kicking the homeless down the street.
Richard Hatfield, Austin
Democratic lawmakers have
a beef. It’s with Texas voters.
The Texas Democrats do not have an issue with the Republican legislators. Their beef is with Texas voters.
I have lived in Texas for a little over 20 years, and in that time I have watched Republican after Republican elected to the governor’s office, with a majority Republican legislature.
Also during this time I have seen the gender laws, abortion bills and other controversial legislation get proposed and sometimes passed. If Texans were against any of this, I believe they are smart enough to vote on new politicians. Clearly, this is not their desire.
So why are Democrats trying to break our democracy by running away like entitled teenagers? Why would they not come home and try to create a platform that Texans agree with? This latest move is embarrassing for them and disrespectful to the Texans who voted thoughtfully and with eyes wide open in the elections.
Geoff Mattie, Austin
GOP lawmakers should refute
false claims of stolen election
When I hear Republican lawmakers explain they are imposing new voting restrictions to address concerns by their constituents, I am reminded of that John McCain campaign event in October 2008.
A woman in the audience claimed that candidate Barack Obama was an Arab. McCain clearly refuted the claim, and explained that Obama was not an Arab, and that he was a good and decent man.
Now, why can’t these Republicans do the same with their constituents, explaining that the last election was very well run and no significant error or fraud has been found? I guess that would take some courage, which John McCain had in spades.
Jerry Jensen, Pflugerville
Soccer players didn’t turn backs
on U.S. vet who played anthem
Re: July 11 commentary, “US athletes continue to show disrespect with flag protests.”
Marc Thiessen wrote that the U.S. women’s national soccer team denied team members turned their backs on a 98-year-old World War II veteran who played the national anthem before an exhibition game.
The fact is that they turned to face the U.S. flag during the anthem and turned and applauded the vet when he was finished and gave him an autographed soccer ball. BBC News confirmed this in the article, “US Soccer: ‘No female players turned their backs on WW2 veteran.”
Norman S. Monroe, Austin
Editor’s note: The claim that the U.S. women’s soccer team players turned their backs on a World War II veteran during the national anthem is false, according to research by USA Today and other fact-check organizations.