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Here We Go Again

RECEIVED Tue., June 12, 2018

My Dear Editor,
    Good article by Mary Tuma about the federal gag rule on health care providers. ("Abortion Gag Rule Could Jeopardize Local Care," News, June 8). Usually I stop reading her articles as soon as I encounter the phrase "anti-choice"; that being absent, I think this might be the only one I made it all the way through.
    Abortion opponents ought to stop to consider this: Because their efforts wind up dismantling women's access to family planning and health care in general, that ultimately results in more abortions (legal or not), not fewer. In essence, abortion opponents wind up throwing the baby out with the bathwater. (Perhaps a poor choice of words.)
Michael Bluejay

Homophobic Dog Whistles

RECEIVED Mon., June 11, 2018

Dear Editor,
    Daniel Bradford here. Longtime reader, first-time letter writer.
    In following some trails on the internet regarding CodeNEXT, I came across this bit about CM Jimmy Flannigan’s defense of this rewrite (see Fred McGhee’s Twitter account). In it, McGhee calls CM Flannigan a liar (“mendaciously mouthing off”) and associates that behavior with being a “dais diva.” As a relatively old out-and-proud vampire, I’ve grown accustomed to this kind of tired-ass dog whistling, irritating as it is. Usually, it comes from realms that don’t merit the attention calling them on their BS will bring to their message. But Fred McGhee continues to enjoy a level of local credibility among some of Austin’s political elite, and he’s definitely a major force behind Community Not Commodity. So I just can’t bring myself to ignore it, especially during this holy month of Pride. WTF?
Sincerely,
Daniel

How Sad

RECEIVED Mon., June 11, 2018

Dear Editor,
    I believe the sentiments conveyed by Mr. King in his June 8 article titled "Suffer the Little Children," which ends with the New Testament quote attributed to Jesus. Incorporating that refrain equally applies to an article starting on that same page by Mary Tuma titled "SCOTUS Rules Jane Doe Abortion Case 'Moot'." In the aforementioned King article, the Trump administration is castigated as cruel for ripping children away from their families, yet the article by Tuma celebrates upholding an undocumented minor's right to have a child ripped from her womb. Often scripture gets used by folks not really interested in the heart of Jesus, but only to bolster a political stance they support in one area/instance while completely ignoring the same principle when it should be applied consistently in another area/instance. How sad that such selective enlistment of divine inspiration (regardless of one's political affiliation/leaning) results in a lot of suffering for little children.
Mark Hey

Crime Against Humanity

RECEIVED Fri., June 8, 2018

Dear Editor,
    The Trump/Sessions ukaz to separate refugee children from their parents is in essence a crime against humanity. How can anyone justify such a cruelty? [“Suffer the Little Children,” News, June 8.] There is nothing worse than depriving a child from a parent. The Congress is silent except for [a] few whimpers. As a 92-year[-old] immigrant Nazi survivor, I fear that our government aims to copy Gestapo tactics. I am distraught and angry but again helpless to face the evil of our leaders.
    How would the first lady, also an immigrant, feel if her son was taken away from her, or if Jeff Sessions were to be separated from his grandchildren with no idea of when he’d see them again? How can the ”leader of the world” be so cruel? One would expect from our president more humanity, charity, and decency, but maybe it is too much to ask.
Gustav Schachter
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