Heartwarming stories


of women helping others


Re: July 29 articles, "Austin couple raise $10K for COVID-19 relief through sourdough deliveries" and "Austin teen launches nut butter, granola company amid pandemic."


Thank you for featuring heartwarming stories in your July 29 edition about Austin women starting businesses to help those in need.


A high school girl making organic food and a couple making sourdough bread are inspiring examples of how to use one’s skills and talents to enhance the lives of others. They lit a light in my heart. I’m placing my orders today!


Sandra Gregor, Austin


Help homeless people,


but reclaim downtown


We can be humane without allowing camping all over downtown and every underpass. The city should find land and space to create a homeless village where services can be centralized, away from the downtown area.


I am all about helping the homeless, but we need our downtown back.


Frank Shofner, Lago Vista


Appropriate that Trump


didn’t pay his respects


Trump stated he had no intention to pay his respects to John Lewis while Lewis lay in state in the Capitol Rotunda.


Trump's strongest characteristic since his inauguration has been inappropriateness in everything he's done. In this case he's being perfectly appropriate.


John Lewis was a courageous giant in his willingness to walk in to the billy clubs of the Alabama state troopers and accept having his skull fractured for the cause he believed in. The rest of his life was spent fighting against huge odds without regard for the risk to his body or his career.


Cadet "Bone Spurs" is a gutless wimp and does not belong anywhere near the casket of this giant. His presence would defile it.


Dave Kunz, retired U.S. Navy Captain, Austin


Cornyn silent on Trump


being unfit to serve


John Cornyn is a coward. He has had ample opportunity to call out Trump on his behavior but fails to do what is best, not for his sake or his politics, but for the country. We are facing the greatest crisis since the Civil War.


We suffer a president who is totally unfit to lead this country. The legal mechanisms are already in place. This day was accounted for by our nation's founders. Yet the men who hold that lever of power fail to wield it.


This president has shown time and again that his forever-number-one priority is his appetite for corruption. A man with many lies on record, who shows no concern for thousands of sick and deceased Americans, is unworthy to lead the American people.


Richard Salinas, Austin


Trump’s one reason


for reopening schools


I’m going to start with I can’t believe I have to say this, but ...


Trump wants schools to be completely open for one — and only one — reason. If the kiddos are taken care of, then the parents can go back to work and get the economy going again. And he can get reelected because the economy is in good shape!


So what if we have to sacrifice a few teachers or grandparents?


Melodie Greider, Dripping Springs


Many think they know


more than the experts


A recent report shows that many countries have "crushed" COVID-19. The numbers of new infections and deaths are drifting downward, and it appears those countries will eventually have the illness under control.


Unfortunately, the U.S. is going in exactly the opposite direction. Why? What’s the difference?


It appears that the countries getting the virus under control have populations which trust their experts, their immunologists, virologists and microbiologists, and have been following their recommendations.


In the U.S., in contrast, a steady drumbeat constantly rejecting any information from any source other than a particular tweeter and his favorite TV mouthpiece has severely weakened the public’s trust in valid information.


Too many people have decided they know as much, or more, than the experts.


Ben Liles, Salado