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Gov. Perry Wants To Freeze Higher Education Tuition

RECEIVED Tue., Sept. 25, 2012

Dear Editor,
    Rick Perry is a sham and an enemy of the people. There is no nicer way of saying it.
    Several years ago, Gov. Perry led the charge to deregulate higher education tuition. Immediately after Texas legislators approved the bill, and after uneducated (about the issue) and/or special-interest-driven voters voted for the deregulation in a public referendum, the University of Texas raised its tuition at least six times, and other institutions followed suit.
    Now, Perry wants Texans to believe that he really cares about the high tuition at colleges and universities when the damage is already done and most Texas families can't afford tuition costs. He wants to freeze the sky-rocketed costs, now that it's too late.
    People really need to see Perry for what he is, a self-serving, patronizing, and special-interest-supporting part-time governor, who now earns more than any other governor in the U.S.
    Send Perry scurrying off into real retirement. In 2014 Texans must vote in someone for governor who really cares about our community.
Peter Stern

Questions for SXSW Eco

RECEIVED Tue., Sept. 25, 2012

Dear Editor,
    Is the SXSW Eco conference becoming a glamour event in only its second year, with technological solutions being advanced by an ever-increasing host of speakers and little emphasis on grassroots activism? Will the more Austin-centric Green City Festival make a reappearance as a Slamdance-type option/alternative in future years?
    As an attendee of SXSW Eco in 2011, I benefited from attending the conference and hope that the collective comments (including mine) will make the 2012 edition better. Vamos a ver.
    This conference could help regional efforts to debate the following topics:
    Are ethanol and bio-diesel sustainable fuels when all their direct and indirect impacts are evaluated?
    How can the electric utilities in Central Texas improve the amount of energy savings from energy efficiency through means other than rebates?
    Can sustainable purchasing and sustainable contracting enhance environmental, social, and economic quality for governments, businesses, and individuals?
    The titles and descriptions of panels for the 2012 event do not indicate that any of these topics will be covered.
    In my opinion, SXSW Eco should be a catalyst for continuous environmental improvement in Central Texas, with a welcome invitation for Central Texans to help lead the planning, as well as the discussion at the event itself.
Regards,
Scott Johnson

Not Favorite Fricke Film Still Better Than Most

RECEIVED Sun., Sept. 23, 2012

Dear Editor,
    Re: Marjorie Baumgarten's review of Samsara [Film Listings, Sept. 14]: Wow, this review reads like it was phoned in from a remote location after watching the trailer. Sure, there was a lot of revisiting of sites from Baraka - and not as breathtakingly stitched together. And [Ron] Fricke is really finger-wagging this time on themes he's touched on more artfully before - agri-food is a crime, the sex industry is a nightmare, human waste is dooming us, and Americans are fat. It's reasonable to wonder if it is (or should be) his last attempt at conveying this sort of message.
    But.
    All told, I'll sit through a not-my-favorite Fricke film over anybody else's best stuff any day, because what he captures and serves up reminds me that: 1) it's amazing to be alive; 2) there are still mysterious and beautiful places on my own planet that I would never see were it not for his work; 3) we need to do a much better job taking care of our animals, our children, our war wounded, and generally each other; and 4) nature will always have the last word.
    Who needs to drop acid to understand these things?
Stephanie Mitchel

Questions on Med School

RECEIVED Sun., Sept. 23, 2012

Dear Editor:
    In the September 14 [News] article “The Med School Solution,” the Chronicle raised interesting concerns regarding the potential new medical school in Austin. As a native Austinite, recent UT graduate, and current graduate student in public health, I find Sen. Kirk Watson and Central Health’s proposal to utilize Medicaid 1115 waiver federal dollar-matching to be an excellent option to fund the school and its multitude of associated community health programs. In light of the Affordable Care Act, I appreciate the trend toward filling public health gaps at the community level. However, I have two issues with the proposal. First, how will a medical school created in part by the for-profit, private Seton hospital chain remain effectively governed to accomplish community health initiatives? Second, how can a teaching hospital sustain a reliable and knowledgeable primary care physician workforce in specific needy communities (such as Dove Springs)? I humbly suggest structuring an incentive-based system for new medical students, possibly through the subsidization of medical school tuition in return for a short-term contract to practice community-based primary care in Travis County. Also, the input of voters on the health issues impacting their lives should remain at the heart of the medical school’s community outreach.
Sincerely,
Kelly Broussard

Why This Review?

RECEIVED Thu., Sept. 20, 2012

Dear Editor,
    I have no problem with your review of Gods Like Us [Screens, Sept. 21], Ms. Jones, but why? "A cultural biography of modern stardom" … is the Chronicle serious about this book? The emergence of Marlon Brando, TV, and rock & roll - talk about yesterday's news. Been done, have read. While Carl Rollyson's bio on Dana Andrews, Hollywood Enigma, hits the bookstores, the Chronicle blathers about Lindsay Lohan. Hey, I read the National Enquirer for Lindsay Lohan. Here's hoping the editors conjure better content on the cinema pages when the Austin Film Festival comes to town. Don't want the Hollywood wise guys to think we're dumb yokels. Do you?
Terry Schnell
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