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Prop. 1 Goes Down in Flames

RECEIVED Wed., Nov. 5, 2014

Dear Editor,
    A victory for Austin taxpayers, and a big loss for the few that would have benefited, mainly developers.
    A great article that should be written would address Project Connect's complete mismanagement of the entire process. They deceived, they cut the public out of the process by forgoing town halls for "workshops," but worst of all they ignored the numbers.
    But for tomorrow's headline, my money's on "Enjoy Sitting in Traffic. Thanks Tea Party!"
Steve Michener

Good Advice

RECEIVED Tue., Nov. 4, 2014

Dear Editor,
    I just thought I would write from work (while sober) to say that I am a fan of advice columns, reading as many as I can find, and you have officially taken the medal for best advice columnist ever. I open to your letters each week with trepidation, hoping that you won't let me down. You never do. The shakedown of this week's misogynist was especially entertaining [“The Luv Doc: Prissy Asses,” Oct. 31].
    So, thank you. Of course, I wonder who you are (age, marital status) or even if you are actually a guy, but I am happy to let the mystery prevail, unlike the fiendish hoards that cried to unmask Dear Sugar, and then she was no more.
Jessica New

Investigation Before Denigration

RECEIVED Tue., Nov. 4, 2014

Dear Editor,
    Has anyone there ever investigated the real impact of fluoride in our water, or of smart meters? If so, how could you allow this smear on City Council candidate Laura Pressley in your recent issue [“Smart Meters, Fluoride, and Guns,” News, Oct. 31]? If not, why don't you get educated before you denigrate this courageous woman who is taking an important stand on these (and other) issues for Austinites? Allowing such idiocy in your paper has convinced me to go elsewhere for my reading material.
Vickie Karp

Ventura Will Be Missed

RECEIVED Tue., Nov. 4, 2014

Dear Editor,
    It has been one of those superlative Austin days: swimming at Barton Springs on a warm autumn morning, blackened redfish for the lunch special at Quality Seafood. You know the kind of day I’m talking about. After the daily chores, I settled down in the glider on the front porch with a good dog stretched out at my feet and opened up the Oct. 31 edition of The Austin Chronicle. I browsed past the political pandering and quickly arrived at my longtime favorite column, “Letters at 3AM” by Michael Ventura. Could this truly be Ventura’s penultimate essay in the Chronicle? Please say it ain’t so!
    Even if so, “The World That Calls Itself 'the World,'” did not disappoint. I felt a mixture of profound joy and sorrow, joy for Ventura’s exquisite insight and prose, sorrow for the end of his outstanding (and longstanding) series of essays. The last sentence literally sent a chill down my spine.
   Michael, thank you for all of your great essays over the years. You always insisted on brutal honesty. You never pulled a punch. Your innate sense of humanity always shines through and you express it so beautifully. Thanks for publishing your essays online and thanks, too for your great book, If I Was a Highway. At the risk of heaping praise upon praise, your book reads like an updated Kerouac manifesto for our generation. Here’s wishing you the best further on down the road.
Devane Clarke

Finances of Formula One

RECEIVED Fri., Oct. 31, 2014

Dear Editor:
    I am writing regarding “Public Notice: Maybe It's Time for Formula Two” [News, Oct. 31], the excellent exposé by Nick Barbaro and the finances of Formula One and whether Austin has made any money to offset the $29 million it "ponied up" to bring Formula One to Austin.
    There's another issue – the Del Valle school system was forced to close down on Oct. 31 – because of the traffic created by Formula One in their town near the airport. Has the Del Valle school system been compensated for this closure by the Formula One enterprise?
    Again, we see where Texas political leaders' priorities lie – giving $29 million to a questionably profitable enterprise or providing $29 million to the Texas public schools.
Marjorie Krug
   [Editor's note: The economic incentive funding for the Formula One "sanctioning fee" came from the state of Texas, not the city of Austin. Austin was the local sponsoring jurisdiction.]

Shills in Hippie Clothing

RECEIVED Fri., Oct. 31, 2014

Dear Editor,
    I can't believe The Austin Chronicle published the obvious smear attempt against Laura Pressley, right before elections ["Smart Meters, Fluoride, and Guns," News, Oct. 31].
    First of all, you realize you guys used to be the bastion of all things liberal and alternative, and here you are ranting at this woman because she's against fluoride in our drinking water? Would you be brave enough to publish the number of U.S. cities, let alone entire nations that have banned the antiquated mindset of putting fluoride in drinking water? Do you know how many dentists and medical doctors are against it?
    Then your hack, Jo Clifton, can't stop talking about how Pressley doesn't like cell phones and smart meters? And this is a bad thing? WTF happened to you, AC? When did you become sucked into and sold out to the powers that be? Those who would love to keep us all drinking fluoride and eating aspartame and MSG and GMO food, those who would love for us to keep cell phones strapped to our heads and sleep with smart meters right on the other side of our bedroom walls … oh yeah, and turn in all our self-defensive handguns, cause our trustworthy government will protect us, right? What happened to you? Shame on you. You lost your soul. People of Austin beware: The Austin Chronicle now are narrow-minded shills in freedom-loving hippie clothing. What a shame.
Stephen Summers
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