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Embarrassing Precedent

RECEIVED Tue., Feb. 9, 2016

Dear Editor,
    Thank you for your illuminating, if not disgustingly accurate, article "Roe's End?" in your Jan. 29 issue. The facts are obviously dire for Texans everywhere to deny reproductive rights to its citizens.
    Perhaps scientific literacy is in order? While too many Texans are ignorant of the basics of the human body, the majority of first-term abortions are performed on embryos, not babies, not fetuses, not human beings yet. A cluster of cells rapidly dividing does not a human make!
    Science has not determined when "life begins" and our incompetent, backward, male legislators and governors have no legal basis to deny women their constitutional rights to reproductive freedom and choice. If laws like HB 2 pass in other states, Texas could, (once again) embarrass itself as setting the course for reproductive health laws across the country for decades to come, creating a war against women and determining the future for (mostly poor) women who need an abortion.
    When will our back assward state educate itself and stop punishing or dismissing women by creating barriers to health access?
    Do your part by volunteering, making a donation, and help spread the word!
    Let us see what the U.S. Supreme Court decides.
    Reproductive choice is not a mere theoretical right in Texas, it is a protected constitutional right that must be upheld. The stakes have never been higher.
Julie Wasserman

Missed Nuts

RECEIVED Tue., Feb. 9, 2016

Dear Editor,
    In your coverage of Texans at Sundance ["Cowboys and Indies," Screens, Feb. 5] you didn't mention the big hit Nuts!
    Rolling Stone picked it as one of the best films of the festival.
    The Hollywood Reporter also liked it.
    The film is a documentary about Texas legend John R. Brinkley, a goat gland transplanter who transplanted himself from Kansas to Del Rio, Texas, and built the world's most powerful radio station across the border in old Mexico.
    Gene Tognacci, a radio voice artist and recording studio owner from Houston was the narrator and one of the associate producers of the film. Gene Fowler of Austin, Texas, was one of the experts who appeared in the film. Gene is a true genius and the co-author of the book Border Radio: Quacks, Yodelers, Pitchmen, Psychics, and Other Amazing Broadcasters of the American Airwaves. I guess that makes me a genius too, because I co-wrote the book with Gene.
    Watch for a new documentary Outlaw X coming in fall 2017.
    We got the glands, baby!!
Bill Crawford

What Barrier?

RECEIVED Fri., Feb. 5, 2016

Dear Editor,
    I am totally at a loss to understand how Uber and Lyft see a requirement for fingerprinting and undergoing a background check as such a "barrier" that they could no longer continue operating in Austin ["Uber Says 'Thumbs Down,'" News, Jan. 29]. A couple years ago, I was required to get fingerprinted and undergo a background check in order to renew my professional engineer license. It was a quite minor inconvenience, and a very minor charge, really no trouble at all. This was required for a job that does not entail the sort of interaction inherent in running a taxi-type service. So it is really quite strange that these companies are getting their panties in such a bunch about such a minor imposition, a really quite reasonable expectation for people who are to be trusted to engage in the level of interaction they do with their customers. So really, it looks like spoiled brat behavior, throwing a tantrum because they don't immediately get their way. If that is the way they choose to behave, perhaps we should just tell them not to let the door hit them in the ass as they leave. We'd always gotten along without this "service" before they showed up; I expect we can continue to muddle through without them now.
David Venhuizen
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