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Populist Fail

RECEIVED Wed., June 3, 2015

Dear Editor,
    Regarding the blurb “On Wheatsville's Wages” [Feedback, May 29]: Is washed-up politician/has-been media darling-turned-Chronicle back-bencher Jim Hightower going to skewer the exposed oligarchs? Those who lord over Wheatsville Co-op while paying Hightower's proletarian heroes junk wages and keeping the spoils to themselves? Should we look for a scathing exposé in Hightower's populism-packed (afterthought) column? Watch me not hold my breath.
Michael S. Foster

Grieving With Gusto

RECEIVED Tue., June 2, 2015

Dear Editor,
    Oh so sad to get this news [“Slim Richey 1938-2015,” Music, June 1]. I never in my life met a man as in-the-flow and nonresistant. He is a hero of mine. Someone who showed me love, playfulness, and acceptance from the moment we met (in 1984). He gave me fiddle lessons, life lessons, showed me how to grieve with gusto and purity, played fiddle at my wedding. Every time I was in his company I learned something more about life and how to live with incredible grace. Love you, Slim. Thank you for touching my life!
Salomae Hill

Move the Statues

RECEIVED Mon., June 1, 2015

Dear Editor:
    Why not move Coppini's campus statues of the Confederates in question ["Written in Stone," News, May 29] to the four corners of the Confederate Field located at the Texas State Cemetery?
    There, Coppini's works could join Elisabet Ney's 1905 stone monument to rebel General Albert Sidney Johnston in honoring "The Lost Cause."
    My paternal grandmother was Fay Littlefield Longley, a niece of the esteemed long-departed Major; and, in 2013, my daughter's wedding took place in the Littlefield Home on the UT Campus.
    I would have no objection to such a move, and, in their new location, the statues could continue as historical symbols without inflicting any further political pain.
Joe K. Longley

American Heritage

RECEIVED Mon., June 1, 2015

Dear Editor,
    As an African-American who has his own opinions, I don't think any great effort should be taken to remove any Confederate memorials ["Written in Stone," News, May 29]. These people are part of our American heritage and have become examples that we all can learn from. I have learned from personal experience that you can't force anyone to believe what you believe and have come to accept that if a person hates me because of my race they have the freedom to do so. Each individual bears the results of their own choices and actions. This is true for those in the past, present, and future, and may God have mercy on our souls.
Anthony Edward Clinkscale

"So" ... What Next?

RECEIVED Sun., May 31, 2015

Dear Editor,
    I see, in the May/June issue of Community Impact, Southwest Austin edition, that some merchants along the south end of Manchaca Road would like the area to be known as "SoChaca." What a marvelous idea! Those of us in the far south will soon feel the breeze of coolness blowing in from "SoCo" to the north! I live just off West Gate near Slaughter. Can I now say I'm "SoGate"? Brodie Lane isn't very far from here … or should I say "SoBro"? Thankfully, I don't live north of Hyde Park, where existence is futile.
Steve Suvia

Origin Story

RECEIVED Sun., May 31, 2015

Dear Editor,
    Many thanks to the Austin Critics Table and the Chronicle, for the well-deserved induction of my friend Heloise Gold into the Austin Arts Hall of Fame. The article by Robert Faires [“Local Heroes,” Arts & Culture, May 29] about her was excellent in almost every aspect, except one. Heloise started Art From the Streets with her good friend and longtime collaborator, Beverly Bajema, not Christi Pate. Beverly and Heloise began doing projects together in the Eighties. Their projects were based on ongoing practices of various kinds, one of which, in 1991, began with handing out sandwiches during lunch at a local homeless shelter. The sandwich thing wasn't person-to-person enough for them, so they got permission to start art-making sessions with the homeless people who frequented the center. Because of the welcoming and supportive atmosphere they created, the sessions grew in popularity. Christi Pate and I joined the two of them some months later, and eventually we all produced what turned out to be the first annual show and sale of work by the homeless artists who were participating in the weekly sessions. Since then, Art From the Streets has become a national model for such projects and is currently at work on its 23rd Annual Homeless Art Show (Dec. 5-6, 2015, at the Austin Convention Center). Beverly and Heloise continue to carry out their ongoing-practice projects to this day, resulting in challenging, inspiring, and beautiful works in a variety of media: drawings, paintings, photographs, dances, and music. Austin is lucky to have both of them as part of its dynamic arts community.
Bill Jeffers
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