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Letters are posted as we receive them during the week, and before they are printed in the paper, so check back frequently to see new letters. If you'd like to send a letter to the editor, follow this link, or email your letter directly to mail@austinchronicle.com. Thanks for your patience.

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Keep Up the Good Work!

RECEIVED Wed., March 26, 2014

Dear Editor,
    Just wanted to reach out and say that the Chronicle is my favorite source for news. I've been in Austin my entire life, and I've always leaned on the Chronicle for events, movie and restaurant reviews, and general entertainment, but in the last couple of years, I've really relied on your publication for news. The Statesman always seems desperate to make money, and the Austin Business Journal is seriously a joke. Just wanted to send some positive feedback. Keep up the good work!
Beth Sims

Millions Spent Just to Circumvent Environmental Impact Studies

RECEIVED Tue., March 25, 2014

Dear Editor,
    Regarding the Travis County Commissioners Court vote to spend $15 million on SH 45 [“Then There's This: Dangerous Path,” News, March 21], let's be clear about what this amounts to: $15 million of Austin taxpayers' money is going to be spent for no other reason than to circumvent federal environmental impact studies on a roadway project that is designed primarily to benefit Hays County commuters. This money could have come from federal highway dollars, but Sam Biscoe, Bruce Todd (not elected, but appointed by Biscoe), Margaret Gómez, and Gerald Daugherty chose to use Austin taxpayers' dollars to circumvent the federal environmental impact study, which would have been required if federal monies were used.
    If Travis County has money lying around to waste on things like this, then it's quite clear to me that Travis County property tax rates are too high and need to be reduced. Every year, we pay the same amount of money in property taxes to Travis County that we do to the city of Austin and get literally nothing for it (unless you count the county jail as a community benefit). I'm wondering how much traction an initiative to cut Travis County property taxes by 25% would get in the city? Austin residents wouldn't be affected in the slightest by such a tax cut, and we would get to spend more of our money locally rather than on new roads for suburban sprawl. It's high time we fought back against this ongoing example of suburban and extra-jurisdictional welfare.
Patrick Goetz

Angry About All Vehicular Deaths

RECEIVED Tue., March 25, 2014

Dear Editor,
    Glad you so richly covered the horrible accident during SXSW [“The Aftermath,” News, March 21]. Now, how about an article about all those reckless sober drivers out there? Close to 60% of all traffic fatalities in Texas involve a sober person. Shouldn’t they be taken to task just as relentlessly as those who drink? We have MADD to get us riled about intoxicated drivers; I think we need SADDS (Sisters Against Drivers Deadly Sober) to get us just as angry about any vehicular deaths.
Jay Williams

Wealthy Posers

RECEIVED Mon., March 24, 2014

Dear Editor,
    I have been in the Austin area since I relocated from Arizona in 2002. I have been around, lived on both coasts, but I am a Texan by conception. The issue I have is with the wealthy posers known as World Class Capital Group. They throw around money and buy up places like Katz's and La Zona Rosa. I worked at La Zona Rosa for a number of years and everyone I know who has ever been involved in the real La Zona misses the shows, the fun, and the music community. Now the posers that own Rio Rooftop have allegedly been withholding employees' tips. And now the greatest sin of all: They have removed the La Zona Rosa signs and replaced them with a poser mural. This garbage depicts the history of La Zona Rosa with a likeness of Austin god Willie Nelson, Lucinda Williams, and Gary Clark Jr. None of them, to the best of my knowledge, has performed at La Zona Rosa. They are raping the Austin music scene, and we let them.
Ronny Smith