YOU SAY: letters to the editor
Social Security debt real
Re: Dec. 1 commentary, “Republicans don’t need to jump off cliff with Obama.”
When China says to the U.S., “You owe us a bundle. Pay up!” will we say, “Those are just IOUs?” Will we say, “Those are just mere bookkeeping devices, so we don’t have to pay you back?” That’s exactly what Charles Krauthammer says we should do about our debt to the Social Security trust fund. When he says the debt is fiction, that’s a lot of blather. Over the years, the U.S. most certainly borrowed a huge amount of Social Security revenue that was not needed during those years to pay Social Security recipients.
Our government gave IOUs for all that money. The debt is real. And it’s not just a debt owed by all of us to ourselves. It is a debt owed by all of us to some among us. It’s a debt we owe to those who paid Social Security taxes. So, if you believe we should now renege on that debt, how do you defend that? Are you OK with the idea our country can so easily ignore its promise to repay money it borrows?
More Perry plotting
Re: Dec. 1 article, “Schools get relief on testing.”
The headline is very misleading. Schools and students get no relief from actual testing. Gov. Rick Perry and his minions are the ones gaining some relief ... which they will likely use to plot their next blow to public education.
Animal shelter crowding
Re: Dec. 1 letter to the editor, “Training puppies.”
As one of the authors of recent Facebook comments on spaying and neutering, I want to address this letter. I didn’t read one comment that mentioned puppies as being the main source of shelter overcrowding, as the letter states. I spoke out in favor of a spay/neuter program for one inescapable fact: If a puppy isn’t born, that puppy has zero chance of ending up in a shelter. Why some think that fact is even debatable is a bit puzzling.
While I agree that training puppies is paramount to the success of that pet, I’m not of the opinion that this is something that the city of Austin should, or could, play a part in. Let’s address the source of the issue and manage the problem at the very beginning, instead of closing the proverbial gate when the horse is far down the road.
Save Lundgren’s work
Re: Nov. 30 commentary, “Austin house should not get status.”
The Statesman should appoint someone with a modicum of knowledge in the area of architectural history to review, prior to publication, such ignorant editorials as this one. Austin architect Leonard Lundgren’s work epitomized a small but significant aspect of mid-20th century architecture, and as such, what little of that genre that remains intact should be preserved. The widespread attitude of tearing down paradise to put up a parking lot (apologies to Joni Mitchell) must be countermanded at every turn, not heralded by our city’s major newspaper.
Republic of Texas
Re: Nov. 21 letter to the editor, “Good riddance.”
I am tired of being belittled and berated because I am: a female, Caucasian, middle class, slightly overweight, conservative and believe and live by strong Judeo-Christian values. I can no longer pray in schools, or put up my nativity scene in my place of business. I can no longer say “Merry Christmas” to a cashier. If I don’t want tax money that I earned to be used for abortion, then I must hate women? If I want welfare recipients to take drug tests (the way I had to when I applied for my job), I must be racist, right? If I favor showing an ID card at the voting booth, then I’m antiimmigration, correct? These ridiculous, unfair assumptions are beyond absurd. The U.S. was founded because of unfair taxation and for the freedom to choose religious expression. If it takes a “Republic of Texas” to regain these rights, count me in!
No liberal hypocrisy on F1
Re: Nov. 28 letter to the editor, “Seeing red — and blue.”
The writer claims he found it “hilarious” that “uber-liberal Austin citizens were extolling the lifestyle of uber-rich 1 percenters who had jetted in for the race.” I read nearly every word the Austin American-Statesman printed in its superb coverage of the event, and I don’t remember reading of even a single instance of a liberal Austinite “extolling” anyone’s lifestyle. If this happened, I think the Austin American-Statesman must have dropped the ball badly, because I don’t want to believe you would deliberately ignore a big story like liberal hypocrisy. If, as I expect, you didn’t report it because it didn’t happen, this story lands in the world’s largest junkpile: lies told by conservatives about liberals. Hilarious. Unlike most holiday season offerings, wishes don’t cost anything. Do you have a wish for something that would make this year special? Why don’t you share it with the rest of our readers? We’re soliciting your holiday wishes for this year for publication on Dec. 25. Please limit your submissions to 150 words. Send your submissions by Dec. 14 to letters@ statesman.com or to: Letters to the Editor PO Box 670 Austin, Texas 78768 Please put “Christmas letters”in subject line of emails or on the envelope. The Austin American-Statesman encourages email and faxes from readers. Please include a full name, address and daytime and evening phone numbers.We edit letters for brevity, grammar, style and clarity. Edited letters address a single idea and do not exceed 150 words.Anonymous letters will not be published. Letters become property of the Austin AmericanStatesman. Send emails to letters@ statesman.com. Mail to: Letters to the Editor, P.O. Box 670,Austin,TX 78767.