Austin American-Statesman Letters to the Editor: August 3, 2021
Abbott should leave the schools
What is going on with our dear governor?
Why let the children get sick which he finds so enchanting? Our know-it-all governor says that forcing students to wear masks is up to their parents, which is a bit like saying we don’t need to ban underage drivers from getting drunk while on the road – or whatever – because it’s up to their parents.
Why is Governor Greg Abbott sticking his nose to school affairs? If he lacks the courage or common sense to force kids to wear masks in schools, what is wrong with letting school districts or even individual campuses make that call?
Bill Lewis, Round Rock
Take into account the reasons for these
who spreads disinformation
Re: July 29 Commentary, “COVID disinformation is also coming from above.”
Yes, and it started with Donald Trump. The former president lied even though he presents it as a “minimization” of COVID to avoid panic.
Well, the markets weren’t fooled. According to Bob Woodward’s book “Rage”, Trump had a pretty good idea of the virulence of COVID-19 at least since February 2020.
The public health professionals criticized in the editorial are not clairvoyants. They were studying a new virus and doing their best to promote Maximum Precautions at a time when knowledge was limited, the leader of our nation was “downplaying” the severity and thousands were dying.
The motivations must be examined. Trump was seeking reelection at all costs. Dr Joseph Mercola is probably selling a snake oil type product as an alternative to the vaccine. What is the motive for Dr Anthony Fauci’s disinformation? Any discussion of COVID-19 disinformation by public officials must start with Trump and consider the potential motives.
Maria Araujo, Austin
Texans need a governor
who protects his health
Governor Greg Abbott’s abject arrogance will inevitably cost Texas lives and weaken confidence in the state’s Republican leadership.
What may be the reasoning behind Abbott’s threats to local government leaders against the order to use masks to thwart COVID-19 infections?
The governor does not want compulsory vaccination by government or business entities. It must have to do with Abbott’s desire for power. It certainly has nothing to do with what’s best for the health of Texans.
The signs are clear: Texas needs a new governor, not a member of the same political party.
Ed Nichols, Austin
Roy embarrassed himself
with rants against the masks
Re: July 29 article, “Chip Roy denounces Mask House’s ‘absurd’ mandate: ‘Shut up this place.'”
With a question like “do vaccines work or don’t they work?” One wonders if Roy will then ask: “What pandemic?
For an illness that has already claimed the lives of approximately 610,000 of our fellow Americans, Roy seems remarkably distraught.
Vaccines work for vaccinees – with up to 95% effectiveness, and among vaccinees who are infected, symptoms are usually mild.
But, as Roy conveniently fails to mention, COVID-19 is surging among the unvaccinated. Sadly, many of them are Republicans who are fed a constant regime of disinformation from irresponsible GOP officials like him.
As for the “embarrassment” Roy talks about, well, he just has to look at himself in the mirror.
Stephen Shackelford, Austin