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January 12, 2019

The real crisisThe real crisis is not at our southern border but throughout the U.S., where gun violence by U.S. citizens is responsible for hundreds of innocent U.S. citizens being killed or injured.Judy HummelCost of tariffsIt is curious to me that Donald Trump’s national emergency tariffs are now costing the public not just the amount of the tariffs, but also an estimated $12 billion to be paid to farmers hurt by the “easily won” — according to Trump — trade war.Maybe if we didn’t spend $12 billion on the results of an ill-advised trade war, Congress would be more amenable to spending $5.7 billion on an ill-advised wall.Reagin McAllisterBuilding death roadsRe: “TxDOT addressing growth, congestion, safety on roads,” Another View, by J. Bruce Bugg Jr., Tuesday:Mr. Bugg, with each new lane paved and overpass built, future Texans are burdened with unsustainable cities and socially isolated communities. The infrastructure that the Texas Department of Transportation designs is only accessible to certain residents who can afford the expenses that come with owning a private vehicle. Expansion of roads only leads to future congestion. It is insanity.If TxDOT is interested in improving the quality of life and local economies for all Texans, it would shift its focus from moving cars to moving people. Design infrastructure that allows Texans to walk, bike and wheelchair (or scoot) with dignity. Too many people die on our public roads. The solution is to stop building things that kill people.Victor Allan Butcher, HelotesBusy councilmanIt amazes me how busy Councilman Roberto Treviño has been in City Hall. First, he was responsible for removing the historical Confederate monument from Travis Park. Then he is taking on the scooters in downtown.What is next on his agenda — the Roswell aliens or the Castro brothers? I am not holding my breath on this.Rick Martinez

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