Changing name of street

does not honor Menchaca

I now have no ID with my correct address.

When I vote next month, what should I say when the poll worker asks "Is this your correct address?" Should I lie? The name change was opposed by over 82 percent of residents on Manchaca Road who responded to a survey. (Editor's note: The survey had a 4 percent response rate.)

I can't vote against any of the council members that voted for the change since none live in the district that includes Manchaca Road. Kitchens voted against the change. I will vote against the mayor.

I have no problem with honoring Jose Antonio Menchaca. Changing the name of the street that leads to Manchaca, 78652, does not honor the man. It does not matter if the name was misspelled all these years, or was derived from the Choctaw Indian name for the spring, or if it was named after a bay in Louisiana. No proof of any name exists.

Lewie Barber, Austin

There's an obvious reason

for support of Trumpism

Re: Oct. 6 commentary, "The angry white male caucus of populism."

Albert Einstein once qualified his political advocacy by admitting that he is not smart enough to fully comprehend politics and economics. After reading the recent column of Paul Krugman, I wish he would have come to the same conclusion.

As a member of the rarefied academic circles — white and a legal immigrant of 1964 — my support for President Trump is not driven by anger and resentment, but by an approval of his reasonable intentions. Having followed the wide international political theater for over 50 years, I agree with him that it’s time for the U.S. to stop acting like Santa Claus in our one-sided relationships in military, and economic treaties with our so-called friends in Europe and around the world. And yes, we should have a better working relationship with Russia.

How strange that this obvious reason of support of Trumpism has eluded the 2008 recipient of the Nobel Prize for Economics.

Joseph Nagyvary, Jonestown

Pollution's true costs

keep coming due

Re: "Two Americans win econ Nobel for work on climate, growth"

I was delighted to learn that the Nobel prize in economics was awarded to William Nordhaus for his work on using a carbon price to avoid runaway climate change.

Nordhaus’ book "The Climate Casino" was one of the clearest I’ve read about the benefits of this approach. He explains that the market can be a powerful force, but only if it is given accurate information about true costs. Right now it’s free to pollute, so fossil fuels seem cheap. But their true cost keeps coming due, in the form of hurricanes, floods, droughts, wildfires and more.

Let’s support and elect leaders who will follow Nordhaus’ advice and put a price on carbon so the market can work for us, not against us.

Anna Graybeal, Austin