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Film Review Misses Mark

RECEIVED Mon., May 20, 2013

Dear Editor,
    Please make a note not to print any more movie reviews of big action movies by Kimberley Jones [Film Listings, May 17]. She gets kudos for giving it 3.5 stars, but her review of the new Star Trek film has far too few good things to say. To hear her tale, it was all business as usual – unimaginative, predictable. I say she is out of touch. You don't have to be a Trekkie to enjoy this movie. It was kickass! I was very impressed and pleased, not only with the epic and multiple big-scope action scenes and special effects, but also with the multiple, close-in, person-to-person dramatic exchanges which, for the most part, were very well-acted, directed, and shot, eliciting in more than one scene some visceral sensations of these characters as real people. Her review sadly missed the mark, and you should have someone else write a new review for the film. Dare I say it: I don't think K.J. had the right amount of testosterone to do this film justice. Maybe she needs to eat some oysters or work out; I don't know. But your readers deserve better. You wouldn't send Mike Tyson to write a review of Sense and Sensibility. No more K.J. on blockbusters.
Stephen Summers

What's the Big Deal?

RECEIVED Mon., May 20, 2013

Dear Editor,
    I'm baffled by this obsession with Mueller ["The Changing Face of Mueller," News, May 10]. I drove through it out of curiosity and it's a suburban nightmare that looks like something out of Edward Scissorhands. And now we're excited they're getting an H-E-B? What am I missing here?
Ben Aiken

No Mystery in School Bond Failures

RECEIVED Thu., May 16, 2013

Dear Editor,
    How out of touch has the Chronicle become with the voting populace of this city?
    From the article “Bonds: Death By a Thousand Cuts” [News, May 17]: "What went wrong? Was it the message? Was it community mistrust of AISD? Was it the bonds themselves? Or was it the larger anti-tax sentiment pushed by the right? As Board President Vince Torres told the media during a Monday evening post-mortem, anyone who thinks they know the one root reason of the results is premature at best."
    There is definitely an anti-tax sentiment in this city, but a push from the right was not required to create it. Longtime residents are being gentrified out of practically every neighborhood in town, in large part because property taxes (and subsequently rents) continue to rise at a clip that far exceeds any increases to their incomes.
    The "root reason" for the bond failures is plain to see for everyone, except Vince Torres and the Chronicle, apparently. It's taxes. The only death by a thousands cuts being dealt is to the citizens of Austin in the form of never-ending bonds and tax increases. Only now are people waking up to the fact that they've been signing their own one-way U-Haul contracts out of town with all of these spending approvals.
    Affordable housing is a big issue for the Chronicle – at least that's what you claim. If so, then why so little coverage of the ongoing, drastic, citywide loss of housing affordability at the hands of increased property taxes? Will you continue to stay silent while Austin completes its transition into a playground for the rich, as long as a few affordable housing projects are sprinkled around?
    Maybe it's not just "the right" that is against more tax increases. Maybe it's the majority of Austinites, who happen to be struggling, scratching, and clawing to remain in this town.
Steve Jones

Program Is Vital Resource

RECEIVED Thu., May 16, 2013

Dear Editor,
    I am responding to your article on ACCESS News, the program by and for the deaf and hard-of-hearing community [“ACCESS News Trying to Fill Funding Void,” News, May 17]. The ACCESS program serves a vital function for the deaf and hard-of-hearing community in providing the service of delivering timely news to those who might otherwise not be able to stay informed due to deafness and hard-of-hearing impediments. My sincere hope is that you will continue to present the need for funding efforts by the greater Austin community in order to ensure this program continues. There must be resources that can come to bear in this effort to promote equal access to news for deaf and hard-of-hearing citizens in the Austin community.
Sincerely,
Fred Rogers
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