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Letters Awaiting action in DC

January 26, 2019

Debatable pointsRegarding “Just do it” (Letters, Monday): The writer says that the border wall won’t cost that much and won’t reduce border security. So, if the president wants it that badly, why not just do it? Here’s why:First, it is illegitimate for the executive branch to extort legislation; the Constitution gives legislative power to the Congress. Second: If shutting down the government and upending people’s lives gets the president his way this time, he likely will do it again whenever he wants something the Congress won’t give him.Third: The wall the president wants will cost at least five times the $5.7 billion; he cannot be invited to shut down the government every time he wants more. Finally, that $5.7 billion is taxpayer dollars, and it’s purely a vanity project.Janet L. Lachman, AustinVoice of reasonRegarding “Find your voice, GOP” (Editorial, Sunday): The editorial did not mention one Republican who has found his voice:Texas GOP Rep. Will Hurd, of San Antonio, who represents the 23rd District with 800 miles of border with Mexico.Hurd called President Trump’s border “crisis” a myth and characterized his wall as a “third-century solution to a 21st-century problem.” He went on to say that “building a wall from sea to shining sea is the most expensive and least effective way to do border security.”It may just be coincidence, but Hurd won re-election by fewer than 1,000 votes while distancing himself from Trump. This also demonstrates why we need less gerrymandering and more swing districts so that representatives will be more reflective of the popular will and work across the aisles, rather than fearing they will be “primaried” by someone more extremist than themselves.Walter D. Kamphoefner, BryanBipartisanshipNot that long ago we did not have the stark and partisan disagreements over border security as our now occurring. The Secure Fencing Act of 2006 authorized the building of 700 miles of double-layered fencing along the southern border and was signed into law by President George W. Bush. Senators Clinton, Feinstein, Obama and Schumer voted for this law. Even President Obama said we need to toughen security against illegal crossings.Yet our borders are not secure. Thousands enter the country illegally each week. This journey is treacherous, exploited by coyotes, drug cartels and human smugglers. Insufficient border security is without a doubt creating a humanitarian crisis at the border.Unfortunately gone are the days of bipartisan agreement on border enforcement. Instead we have stalemate.Enough is enough. Enforce our immigration laws. Strengthen and expand physical barriers. This will alleviate the current humanitarian crisis.Fred Reitman, HoustonTrash collectionRegarding “Recycling overtime cost nears $1M” (Front page, Jan. 14): By adopting a green/minimalist lifestyle, I generate very little trash. I compost all food waste, and often my weekly trash fits in a single grocery bag.Right now, there is no incentive to generate less trash. Here is a simple solution to the trash problem: Charge people based on the amount of trash they generate. The city could distribute trash cans in three sizes. The more trash that needs need to be picked up, the more the resident pays.Hareesh Jana, Sugar Land

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