Tea party and racism
racist?” Re: July 17 commentary “Is the tea party
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I believe that a party by any name would be upset with any administration that is bringing about the chaotic uncertainty that our country faces as a result of legislative and administrative decisions during the past 18 months.
In essence, the tea party movement is inclusive of race and registers concern for the lives of all Americans. Jerry Scofield
Hartigan’s thoughts on the tea party were absurd. The movement is clearly ideological, and its views are well known. So why does Hartigan ignore these facts and focus instead on ambiguous racial terms and skewed statistics? One might agree or disagree with the tea party, but dismissing its philosophy because of skin tone is the real racist act. chriS Toland
Re: July 16 editorial “Make a federal case over it.”
You completely missed the point. Americans want border security. Without that, nothing else works. Clearly, I am not from your school of thought. faye TeSSnow
The editorial makes it sound pretty simple. The majority of Americans (and Texans) are wrong in their support of the Arizona law, and the federal laws need an overhaul.
Well, those same laws are what created the greatest melting pot in the world for immigrants. It’s not the laws that are to blame, it’s the lack of federal enforcement. Let’s do that first, then maybe discuss tweaking the laws or dealing with the 11 million illegals already here.
Phil Mayfield firstname.lastname@example.org
Wowed by IMAX and real life
Wowed by the movie “Inception” at the IMAX Theatre at the beautiful Bob Bullock Museum recently, we reached our car in the parking garage only to be thrilled again.
Only in Austin would a kind person pick up my husband’s wallet from beside our car and place it in our door handle for safekeeping until our arrival — knowing that in Austin it would still be there upon our return.
Maybe I’m naive, but I think our city is filled with good Samaritans who keep alive the spirit of doing good deeds. I, for one, intend to keep that spirit alive.
Thank you! Now, if I can just do something about my husband’s absentmindedness … nancy Marquez
Progressive tax structure
Re: July 18 PolitiFact article “Congressman overestimates tax burden on wealthiest few.”
According to the article, an unbiased organization found that the top 10 percent of American earners paid for 52 percent of all federal taxes, even with payroll taxes and corporate taxes included, which, as you state, are spread more evenly over all wage earners than is the income tax. My bet is that most people would be very surprised at how much of the federal tax burden is paid by the wealthy.
The numbers definitely show that we still have a very progressive tax structure in this country. Somehow, I don’t think Democrats really want everyone to know that the top 10 percent pay 52 percent of taxes. They would lead us to believe that the wealthy avoid paying a large share of taxes, and this just isn’t so.
ThoMaS dove email@example.com
Lots of bottled-up frustration
Re: July 19 article “Bottled water deal brims with UT appeal.”
It’s time to wean ourselves away from bottled water as much as possible — not to encourage more consumption of it.
Between the chemicals leaching from the plastic into the water, the lack of standards for water quality for bottled water and the plastic waste, this is not a product that should be promoted. Focusing on healthier, more environmentally friendly alternatives
such as stainless steel refillable bottles is the way to go.
In 2009, Austin started implementing the state’s first zero-waste strategic plan, which places a charge to the city to reduce garbage sent to landfills by 90 percent by 2040. The University of Texas will not be doing any favors for residents and students with this venture. This is a short-sighted deal for profit and a long-term problem for our landfills and tax base.
STacy Guidry firstname.lastname@example.org
Re: July 19 article “Bottled water deal brims wih UT appeal.”
In light of today’s circumstances, institutions like the University of Texas should be searching for ways to meet the triple bottom line — economic, social, and environmental responsibility.
Tim McClure and Steve Gurasich could better serve our alma mater (and their coffers) by offering a burnt orange reusable canteen stamped with one of the many UT icons for sale at sporting events.
I would love to “Drink Water, Bleed Orange and Fund Scholarships,” but I don’t want to trash the environment in doing so.
I only have one question for UT President William Powers Jr. Do you really want your legacy to be tied to a product that is discarded as quickly as it is consumed? Please reconsider and lead by example. Show the rest of the country how to do it right.
dayna cowley Class of 2002
I cannot believe it. The cause is admirable — scholarships. The means chosen is appalling.
I relocated here 18 months ago from Dallas. I’ve told people one of the good things about Austinites is they are very environmentally conscious. Not this group, apparently.
It takes more than 47 million gallons of oil to produce plastic water bottles for Americans every year. Each bottle required nearly five times its volume in water to manufacture the plastic, and about 86 percent of the bottles are thrown away.
Carbon credits do not give blessing to this venture.
SiSTer JT dwyer