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RECEIVED Tue., May 6, 2014
Thanks so much for Amy Smith's "Then There's This: The Road to Fewer Roads
," [May 2]. Readers concerned about the proposed $100 million aquifer toll road and the move to convert MoPac to an “Interstate 35 West" can learn more and send their comments to relevant local and state officials at www.keepmopaclocal.org
. Mike Brown's analysis of the Slaughter Lane/MoPac intersection is also posted there.
With an active citizenry, we can insist that limited transportation dollars are directed only to those projects that reduce congestion, not make it worse.
Save Our Springs Alliance
RECEIVED Tue., May 6, 2014
I am appalled, Margaret Moser! I heard you on Kevin Connor's show on KDRP radio this morning. This was the second time I heard you publicly dis the Dave Clark Five on the air. Just because Stevie Ray Vaughan, the 13th Floor Elevators, and Doug Sahm have not made the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, does not in any way mean that the Dave Clark Five doesn't deserve to be in there as well. You said that "the DC5 did not deserve to be in the R&R Hall of Fame" on Bryan Beck's show on KGSR the year that they were inducted. And now you include the DC5 with Donna Summer and insinuate that they still don't deserve to be there. Well, I think they do. They were the first band to knock the Beatles from the No. 1 spot with “Glad All Over.” They were on The Ed Sullivan Show 18 times. They had a lot of great songs such as “Because,” “Everybody Knows,” and “Any Way You Want It.” And they made it on their final chance to get in the R&R Hall of Fame. There is no rhyme or reason as to how they pick the inductees because there are a lot of people who shouldn't be there. But, in my opinion, the DC5 should deservedly be there along with Stevie Ray Vaughan, Roky Erickson and the 13th Floor Elevators, and Doug Sahm, along with so many more that haven't made it yet.
[Margaret Moser responds: Yes, I did question the Dave Clark Five being in the R&R Hall of Fame publicly, have done so several times, and will continue to do so. I love the DC5 and think they made great British rock for about three years, but were neither core influential or long-term influences, nor can I say that I think they were especially unique in their genre. I totally agree that there is no rhyme or reason as to how the R&R Hall of Fame nominating committee thinks, except that its East Coast rock critic-centric mindset has overlooked the Crickets, Link Wray, Stevie Ray Vaughan, the 13th Floor Elevators, and Doug Sahm, among others. The Dave Clark Five isn't even near their stratospheres in influence.]
RECEIVED Mon., May 5, 2014
As you know, the Austin Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission (ICRC) recently finalized the requirements outlined in the city charter for the new 10-1 Austin City Council. As the leaders of the ICRC, we have had the opportunity to meet with many groups interested in the redistricting process. During these sessions, there is always good give and take with solid questions. We talk about the process, how much time and effort our fellow commissioners put into the final product, as well as the various citizens who gave up their time to make valuable presentations at ICRC meetings. But there is one question always asked that seems to stand out: “Who do we think will run for the new City Council?” To which our reply is always, “Why not you?”
While it is clear that the lists of people interested or uninterested in running for Austin City Council is impressive, in the grand scheme of things this list still remains small. We have heard from some folks stating, “I don’t want to do it this time around,” or “I’ll give it a shot next time.” To which we reply, “There has never been a chance like this in Austin and there will never be.”
Nine of the 10 council districts have no incumbent and the 10th is a district in which student advocacy groups fought hard to be a part of. While some districts are more compact than others, each only has about 80,000 residents. Furthermore, each district has a small number of population pockets allowing one to explain his or her viewpoints and philosophy to smaller neighborhood groups. This is a great way to see where one stands in a community and see if there might be traction with a district’s voters. Expressing interest now only has the cost in time and energy of meeting one’s neighbors.
Of course, at some point before the filing deadline (July 21 – Aug. 18), a potential candidate will have to register with the city clerk and either pay a filing fee of $500 or submit a petition. But until then, we strongly encourage our neighbors here in Austin to embrace this once in a lifetime opportunity to be a part of Austin’s history.
We ask again,“Why not you?”
Magdalena Blanco, Chair of the Austin ICRC
TJ Costello, Vice-Chair of the Austin ICRC
RECEIVED Mon., May 5, 2014
, give proper credit to our great musicians while we've got them around us. Putting some skater on your cover and burying Derek O'Brien deep inside the issue is insulting to Austin's music ethic [“Chairman of the Board
,” Music, April 25]. If this is truly the live music capital of the world, then Derek should have been on the cover, and
he should have been there years ago! Do a better job for our music and musicians.