Austin American-Statesman Letters to the Editor: March 11, 2022

Blocking of oil and gas exports

will punish Russia for its atrocities

We must do more to punish Russia for its atrocities in Ukraine.

An important source of income for Russia is the export of oil and gas. The US and Europe have not sanctioned Russia’s oil and gas exports. The concern is that sanctions will affect our prices and our economy. This potential pain pales in comparison to what Ukrainians are suffering.

Please urge our local, state and national officials to block Russian sales of oil and gas exports.

Chris Forland, Austin

Children need your attention, governor.

Fix the broken state care system.

Gov. Abbott’s order for the state’s Child Protection Agency to investigate transgender supportive parents for child abuse is just plain ugly.

I literally got sick reading that. This shows just how much ignorance, disrespect for parents, disgust and hatred of transgender people the governor and most Republicans have. That’s so incredibly sad.

It’s not like Texas kids don’t need his attention. Texas has been on assignment to fix its broken foster child system for many years. Many foster children live in appalling conditions and many are abused and neglected.

Our governor has not been willing to devote time, energy and resources to helping these children, but he wants to go on a righteous hunt for parents of transgender children who love their children regardless of gender identity.

Lonnie Hazlewood, West Lakes Hills

Church: We do not subscribe to any form of discrimination

against transgender children and families

In response to Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s statement directing authorities to investigate cases of parents and other authority figures who affirm and encourage unconditional love for their transgender children, allegations of “child abuse” in Texas, and everyone prosecuting anyone who fails to report these cases, we, as Faith Presbyterian Church, refuse to participate in this discrimination. We will protect transgender children and their families. We are committed to justice and full inclusion.

Parents of transgender children, hear this message loud and clear: At Faith Presbyterian Church, we love your children, we love you, and we would like to be a safe place for your family. Our motto is “Inclusive. To ask. Imperfect.” If any or all of these words describe you and you are seeking a faith community, we would love to welcome you. We hope you find a home with us.

Amy Myhand, pastor of Faith Presbyterian Church, Austin

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