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Meany Stegall

RECEIVED Tue., Oct. 25, 2016

Dear Editor,
    Tim Stegall's review of Bill Oliver's fun new CD was not only disappointing but mean spirited [“Texas Platters,” Music, Oct. 21]. The tunes were catchy and light hearted with a social/ political commentary edge that should be welcomed and not dismissed.
Wilda Campbell

No Surprise Here

RECEIVED Tue., Oct. 25, 2016

Dear Editor,
    The Chron's editorial staff seems to struggle with the concept of brevity when it comes to political endorsements [“Chronicle Endorsements,” News, Oct. 21]. Y'all endorsed Democrat after Democrat, burning through inordinate amounts of recently deceased pulped trees until someone finally summarized it in your endorsement for U.S. Congress as follows: "That alone is a strong reason for a straight Democratic vote." If one has a strong liver and friends with great senses of humor, I propose a drinking game where you each do a shot every time the Chron well ... chronicled ... the reasons why the Democrat in a given race is manifestly unqualified, then endorsed them anyway – two shots for the time you described why Dawnna Dukes "has drawn a challenger from every party like vultures circling a carcass ... we struggle to give the nod to Dukes."
    But hey, this is the Chron we have all grown to love, proudly not hiding its partisan biases and cognitive dissonances, swallowing its pride and proclaiming y'all are "proud to endorse Democrat Hillary Clinton ... with enthusiasm." We'll leave it as an exercise to the readers to break the seal on a fresh fifth of hard alcohol and go through back issues, pounding back a shot every time you spot a more ... measured ... assessment of Hillary, especially during the heady days when it seemed Bernie might take her down.
    To be fair, though ... Michael King's column, "Point Austin: Your Vote Is Your Voice" [News, Oct. 21] is widely separated from the commentary on the race for Railroad Commissioner, where the Democrat in the race is so poorly regarded by your staff that y'all endorsed ... no one. Well, sort of – you did kind of wink and mention that the Green Party candidate "may represent her party's best shot at getting the 5% of the vote needed to keep the Green Party on the ballot for the next election cycle."
    No doubt it was an oversight that you failed to mention that this seat is also the Libertarian Party's best shot at getting continued ballot access, via the candidacy of Mark Miller.
    Might I suggest, if the Chronicle actually believes that "your vote is your voice," that you revise your lack of endorsement and suggest that your readers strongly consider voting for either the Green Party or Libertarian Party candidate in this one race. Why? So that those of your readers who are frankly appalled at what the two major parties coughed up for presidential candidates this year can, if this pattern repeats next time around, continue to have alternative candidates to voice their discontent.
    Because letting the Legislature use ballot access rules to winnow down your electoral choices is like telling someone that their vote is their voice – then duct taping their mouth shut.
Jim Henshaw

Undoing AISD

RECEIVED Tue., Oct. 25, 2016

Dear Editor,
    Thank you very much for endorsing the conservative candidate for At-Large Position 8 on the AISD school board ["Chronicle Endorsements," News, Oct. 21]. We look forward to making the lives of teachers and students more difficult.
    You clearly didn’t do your homework. You’ve endorsed the candidate who favors weakening the influence of Education Austin within AISD, devaluing teachers and returning to one-year contracts, opposing equity for AISD students, and undoing public education and favoring charter schools. I’m sure Don Zimmerman and Dan Patrick were thrilled with your decision.
    We have only the Chronicle to blame if the progressive candidate David Quintanilla loses. David is one of the most promising candidates to run for school board in years, and it will be a great loss for Austin not to have his input on education issues.
Kevin Gillespie

Not a Rockin' Review

RECEIVED Mon., Oct. 24, 2016

Dear Editor,
    My friends and family (even my brother, a Republican judge) have rolled in laughter listening to the original, clever, and creative songs by Bill Oliver & the Otter Space Band on his new CD, Rockin' the Republicans ["Texas Platters," Music, Oct. 21]. The CD chronicles 34 years of presidential races from a smart, satirical, and subtle viewpoint bringing levity to our current political circumstances. So, I was shocked and amazed to read Tim “Napalm” Stegall’s review, or rather his own political rant, in the Chronicle. The Otter Space Band consists of some of the all-time best musicians in town with a wide range of musical talent. Bill Oliver, also known as the Environmental Troubadour and Mr. Habitat, has been a foundational, cause-oriented Austin musician for the past 35 years, thus paving the way for younger and unconventional musicians, even punk rockers like the reviewer.
Virginia Palmer, Ph.D.

Dark Practice

RECEIVED Sun., Oct. 23, 2016

Dear Editor,
    Watching the city’s digestive system at work on Thursday, Oct. 20 (The Grove PUD), was not a pleasant sight [“Groveling Continues Over Grove,” News, Oct. 21]. Perhaps that is why the mayor wanted to shield the electorate from experiencing it. He certainly managed that by scheduling the meeting at 2pm, (appropriately just after lunch), when a minimum number of voters were able to be present, although the well-heeled developers managed to make it. Are we going into an even darker practice of politics while proclaiming the need for transparency?
Margaret Powis

Rats Not Right

RECEIVED Sun., Oct. 23, 2016

Dear Editor,
    Terriers don't rip rats to pieces [“Fantastic Fest Review: Rats,” Screens, Sept. 25]; they grab them by the back of the neck and shake them vigorously – the rat is dead within a couple of seconds.
Monty Sealyham


RECEIVED Fri., Oct. 21, 2016

Dear Editor,
    Capital Metro is so afraid of public mobility that they've taken to "consolidating" stops away from polling sites. Being dependent upon public transit does not legally take away the right to vote. We have the right and ethical obligation to remove all of the board members who are authorizing these decisions.
Robin Orlowski
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