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Carrasco 'Rumors,' True and Not

RECEIVED Mon., July 20, 2009

Dear Editor,
    As a friend, I want to clarify that Joe King Carrasco did not initiate or write the story on his connection to Michael Jackson [“Off the Record,” Music, July 3] and does not deserve Tina Sattler’s charge of trying to “cash in on Jackson’s death” [“Postmarks,” July 10].
    With respect to Joe’s musical accomplishments, I encourage readers to listen to his recently released Rancho No Tengo. It’s being played on radio stations around the country (but not in Austin), including Sirius Radio’s Outlaw Country channel. Check out two of my favorites: “It’s These Changes” and the apropos “Rumors,” in which Joe sings how “rumors have no feelings" and "make these vicious rumors go away.”
Wendy Scaperotta

In Favor of Wireless Dampening

RECEIVED Thu., July 16, 2009

Dear Editor,
    The (weird) technology exists that would improve Austin commuters' time, greatly reduce carbon emissions, and prevent road rage. It’s called cell-phone dampening. Lest the good Samaritans cry they wish to report accidents, wireless priority service is already in place. With a few key strokes on a computer, towers on major routes would keep airheads from trying to talk and drive, thereby speeding up the commute. If someone wants to call emergency services, they would only have to exit and the signal would return off ramp.
Craig Mooney

All the Noise That Annoys

RECEIVED Thu., July 16, 2009

Dear Editor,
    If the city is all hot to legislate against loud music, why don't we go ahead and cover all the noise that annoys by including Harleys, 18-wheelers, and megawoofers? Or else what is a heaven for?
Stanley Gilbert

Slagging Austin Powell

RECEIVED Thu., July 16, 2009

Dear Editor,
    How nice of Austin Powell to omit Black Joe Lewis' name as one of the openers (along with Quasi) of the Spoon show last Thursday, and slag him in the same article [“Off the Record,” Music, July 17]! Great job promoting local music, guy. I miss Chris Gray.
Miranda Brown

Struck by Common Thread of First Time Stories

RECEIVED Thu., July 16, 2009

Dear Editor,
    Thank you, Robert Faires and artists, for sharing your "first time" stories [“The First Time,” the Arts, July 17]. I was struck by a common thread throughout – how serendipity (being in the right place at the right time), a mentor, or an encouraging, open-minded parent can play a critical role in one's willingness and/or ability to awaken to the knowledge that you are an artist. What a fabulous gift to have received. And then to have the courage to trust that information – what a gift to yourself. I hope these stories spark recognition for someone and that they too can find the courage to be who they're meant to be – what a gift to pass on.
Teresa Ueltschey

Beautiful Column on Todd Wolfson

RECEIVED Thu., July 16, 2009

Dear Editor,
    Thank you, Stephen Moser, for your beautiful column about Todd Wolfson [“After a Fashion,” July 17]. Watching Todd create photographic art by capturing the essence of his subjects is one of the wonders in my life. Since his accident, he has remarked several times that he wishes he could take photographs of this or that person who has come to visit him. It is awful to see an artist unable to practice his art – but beautiful to know that he is creating it in his mind!
    Thank you for expressing your sentiments so eloquently, and thanks to all of Todd's friends who are helping him get through this tough recovery.
Mickey Mann

Clarifying Zilker Neighborhood Association's Role

RECEIVED Thu., July 16, 2009

Dear Editor,
    The reference to the Zilker Neighborhood Association in this week's "City Hall Hustle" [News, July 17] may be misinterpreted by some. Through Mr. Paul Linehan, ZNA had already worked out an agreement regarding the Shady Grove parking variance for Monday night's Board of Adjustment meeting. Its terms are outlined in the ZNA newsletter, and they address only the parking variance before the board. Mr. Linehan requested a postponement of the hearing so that he could negotiate with two individuals who were opposing the variance. ZNA did not seek a postponement, and ZNA is so far not involved in these new negotiations.
Lorraine Atherton
Co-president, ZNA
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