YOU SAY: letters TO The editor
Running from danger?
Re: Dec. 10 article, “We were literally ‘born to run.’ ”
Pam LeBlanc’s Fit City column was interesting but I propose an alternative to our evolutionary ability to run long distances. It may not sound so cool and romantic but I propose we used this ability as a key to avoid predators. We ran like hell. The idea that early man chased down his prey is not reflected in the fossilized remains of our predecessors. Lacking razorsharp teeth and long claws to grasp our prey would have been major disadvantages. Plus humans do not possess a short gut to efficiently process animal flesh. With our flat molars and 20 feet of intestine, we are definitely in the prey rather than predator category. Deer (prey) have beautiful sleek bodies for running, too. Even if we all ran (instead of driving) to McDonald’s for our quarter pounder, heart disease would still be our number one killer.
Subsidy is needed
Re: Dec. 6 letter to the editor, “Wind-power boondoggle.”
The reader needs to understand two reasons we must continue the subsidy for wind created electricity. Federal stimulus in the 19th century made railroads the lifeline of a dynamically growing America; the federal government gave uncounted acres to the railroads that used some for rail lines but sold most to expand. That federal stimulus was no different from the stimulus for wind and the new stimulus we must have for solar. All created jobs and stimulated American economy. Natural gas is not the savior of our energy problem; we are raping the Earth with deadly chemicals by fracking, and the gas we burn produces methane, a greenhouse gas.
Broken legal system
Re: Dec. 3 article, “Can ‘incompetent’ attorney still practice?”
The public owes a great deal of thanks to the Austin American-Statesman for its continuing coverage of our severely broken legal system and the poor record of the State Bar Association in policing lawyer misconduct in protecting the public. There is no better example of this exemplary coverage than your article concerning the lawyer who was “force” confined to a mental institution for firing a gun in a confrontation with a U.S. census taker. The fact that this lawyer was allowed to practice law while confined in a mental institution says a lot about the poor protection given to the public by the State Bar Association. To allow lawyers to police themselves through their bar association makes about as much sense as allowing bank robbers to regulate the banking industry.
GOP and taxes
It appears that the Republicans in Congress have drawn a line in the sand indicating where they will make their fiscal cliff stand. They will fight to the death to prevent any tax increases on the wealthy. I cannot imagine any successful general choosing such an untenable position to defend. If the Republicans would ever stand up this vigorously for the rest of us, the 98 percent, they would be a power to reckon with.
Re: Dec. 5 letter to the editor, “Republic of Texas.”
Methinks that the author doth protest too much. She says she can’t pray in schools. Not true, she just can’t force her prayer on others around her. If she means that in her own business she can’t have a nativity scene, I don’t understand why. If she works for a government agency that won’t allow a nativity scene, that is appropriate, to avoid the appearance of government support of a particular religion. Who is stopping her from saying Merry Christmas to a store clerk? She just shouldn’t expect to hear that from store employees who have been told not to risk offending customers who may not celebrate that holiday. It seems the author is all for the “freedom to choose religious expression” as long as it is her religion.
Chicken on the cliff
The fiscal cliff drama is a huge game of chicken. Each side is waiting for the other to blink. Last year, a similar political game resulted in the downgrading of the debt rating and will probably cost taxpayers billions in increased interest expense. The Republicans have again demonstrated that they would rather wreck the economy than accept anything less than full implementation of their agenda. If they cannot negotiate with the opposition to address the nation’s problems instead of maintaining ideological rigidity and holding the economy hostage, the voters should make 2014 the opposite of 1994 for the Republicans. 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.