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RECEIVED Wed., Dec. 5, 2012
Although I do not hunt or eat meat, I appreciated Jessi Cape’s honest account of her hunting class near Medina [“In the Blind
,” Food, Nov. 30]. It is refreshing to see a person who cares about food sustainability and actually feels for her animal prey.
However, I am puzzled why Jessi wants to continue to hunt after her first hunting experience. Jessi and her instructor managed to gruesomely wound a boar (an invasive species, but an intelligent and feeling creature regardless) and then failed to track the pig down and end its suffering. Jessi subsequently subjected the pig to hours of unimaginable suffering by failing to efficiently kill it. Jessi wrote that she cried, that she didn’t want the boar to suffer, and at one point “gasped in horror” when the pig ran away.
Surely Jessi will become a better shot in the future. But just as surely there will be prey that will not be instantly killed and will escape to needlessly suffer. Jessi wrote that she “fully intends to hunt again.” As romantic as her adventure was that day at Medina, Jessi will have to shed her caring ways for the animals. Her inner turmoil regarding the wounded animal that “got away” will provide no comfort for the animal experiencing its own little hell before dying.
RECEIVED Wed., Dec. 5, 2012
There is a current push by the Texas GOP to redraw the court-ordered state redistricting map after the party lost several House seats in the recent election.
Redistricting according to Texas law is supposed to take place once every 10 years. Conservatives in Texas continue to look like spoiled fools as they try again and again to gain more positions by their ongoing arrogant and malicious attempts to redistrict when it suits them.
"The times they are a-changing," wrote Bob Dylan.
Texas is slowly changing from "red" to a “pinkish hue” before it turns more “blue,” and there isn't much the GOP can do to change that reality. Redistricting is one of the last attempts of a frustrated party growing stale and losing its megagrip.
RECEIVED Wed., Dec. 5, 2012
Regarding the Paper Cuts
live music series] fun: Please try not to tell too many people about it because it is too much fun, OK? That aside, it is obvious that a good part of this is to showcase certain beverages, which, by god, it does damn well. What is rather lacking, I think, are reps from whatever is being featured. I would have loved to talked to someone from Deep Eddy about their surprising Sweet Tea Vodka, or a rep from Shiner to ask about what they are up to. God knows, feed me good alkeehol (of whatever form) and I will sing its praises to all and every one. I can do it better with more info than the bartenders can give (they are damn busy, ya know?). Then again (knowing Texas), maybe it is illegal. I'd love to find out. But sssshhhhh!
[Editor's note: The next Paper Cuts will be held Tue., Dec. 11, 7pm, at the Palm Door featuring live music from the Preservation, and yes, complimentary beverages and food. RSVP at austinchronicle.com/paper-cuts.]
RECEIVED Tue., Dec. 4, 2012
Hooray for the Workers Defense Project [“Victories for Living Wages
,” News, Nov. 30]! I just wish they could have aimed higher. Try living on $11 an hour, Mr. Mayor and council members. In the heat. While your boss takes liberties with your safety. And don't get sick, as you will not get paid. And if it rains, stay home without pay. As quoted in your story: "Development-minded folks … say that even the 1% increase suggested by WDP would amount, using HID Global construction as a marker, to $300,000." So? Out of how many millions
on the same project? Mayor Lee Leffingwell, worried about contractors scraping by? F them! Your misplaced concern does not
give anyone the right to exploit people on my dime
. Anyhow, Mr. Mayor, don't you know a competent bid is made with a healthy profit margin factored in, plus cost overruns when the client is too dense to read the contract? To do otherwise is to quickly fail in the construction game. This baloney about "takers" feeding at the public trough while exploiting the poor and vulnerable with my money needs to stop
! It is wrong! Mayor Leffingwell, you are heartless, and I pity you when you meet your maker.
Most sincerely and sadly,
Jorge "George" Paez
RECEIVED Mon., Dec. 3, 2012
Saturday morning, driving my family home from breakfast at Guero’s, I turned onto Riverside Drive from South First, heading west. Two guys were on bicycles in front of us, riding side by side, blocking the entire road. Trying to be a nice guy and a considerate driver, I stayed back and didn’t crowd them. I didn’t honk my horn or flash my lights. I didn’t yell out the window or shake my fist, even though the guys were blocking all traffic and not even biking with any real purpose; they were slowly pedaling and having a conversation. We kept our distance, followed them past the dog park, through the roundabout in front of the Events Center, and down the rest of Riverside to Lamar. As the guys moved out of the street to cross over the pedestrian bridge, one of the guys turned to face us … flipped me off … and yelled at us to f*@k off!
Dude, why would you act this way? What on Earth would compel you to be a complete jerk, even though you were absolutely in the wrong? Don’t you realize this is exactly the kind of behavior that infuriates drivers and makes it more dangerous for every bicyclist on the road? It was obvious from your demeanor that you were not biking for fun or fitness; you wer simply using your bike as a vehicle to start fights. Please do everyone a favor: Get down off your 10-speed and go back to picking fights in bars. Bicyclists throughout Austin will be safer for it.
RECEIVED Sun., Dec. 2, 2012
Re: "In the Blind
" [Food, Nov. 30]: John Wootters – Texan, hunter, and author – likened the time spent waiting for deer as a "psychedelic experience." The hunter's stillness and quietude spins reels and reels of thought not otherwise searched. And no wonder. This is where one answers the question: What does it take to live?
That answer is: we kill.
Artists contemplate the whys of living in song, in motion picture, on stage, and in art. But anyone can venture beyond contemplation for the price of a license, a hunter education course, a pawn-shop rifle, and some time at the range. No third-person drama, no cartoon hysteria, no kidding yourself.
There's a library out there. Perhaps we should walk out into it, letting fear be our guide.
Stephen W. McGuire