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RECEIVED Tue., Sept. 22, 2015

Dear Editor,
    I've been very impressed by the way our chief of police, Art Acevedo, handled recent situations, such as the double demonstration last Saturday, organized by Black Lives Matter and Police Lives Matter. He met with leaders of both groups, and publicly stated that each had a right to be heard and to assemble peaceably.
    I think he would agree with me that more needs to be done to provide the Austin Police Department with the training and protocols that will serve them and the public – all members of the public. Meanwhile, his example proves that a humane approach, solid planning, and deft handling work better than Us vs. Them. Who are We and They, anyway? Isn't this a country of all of us? E pluribus unum?
Rodolfo Mendez, Director
Ballet East Dance Company

Support a Living Wage

RECEIVED Tue., Sept. 22, 2015

Dear Editor,
    I am a COA crossing guard who should be affected by the recent City Council budget to increase wages. When I asked, I was told we would not get a raise. The last raise we had was 30 cents per hour. We have disabled people working as crossing guards, Section 8 housing recipients, and single women (with and without children) without access to reliable health care working as guards. I have dug into my pocket to bring food and prescriptions to my co-workers. We are outside every day working in all kinds of weather. Every time we step off the curb we deal with cell phone users, texters, red light runners, speeders, and people with road rage. My car has been hit several times while parked, and I was a victim of a hit and run because the person was mad the car pool line wasn't moving fast enough. My councilman, Don Zimmerman, recognizes our value and has pledged to work to get us a raise based on their recent vote. If he is successful, he will benefit all guards across the city, not just his district, and I will work hard in his district to show my appreciation.
Daria Prendergast

Skewed Film Review

RECEIVED Tue., Sept. 22, 2015

Dear Editor,
    When Grandma opened, I was one of the first to see it because of Lily Tomlin and other excellent actors even though I had read that the talent carried the movie. Then, I read your review [Film Listings, Sept. 11] and felt like Woody Allen in almost any of his movies in which he plays himself having to listen to either some insufferable blowhard loudly opine, the blasé drone of a pseudo intellectual, or some annoying inanity from a neurotic, shallow friend.
    As you may know, an article can be well written, but totally wack in sentiment or direction, but I don't feel I have to agree with the message in a movie in order to enjoy a performance.
    That said, having read your loud and effluvious review, I personally take exception to the words "we come to find," "honest in all her dealings," "women's morality play," "deep,” but most of all, your, in large bold print, "Signs of Intelligent Life."
    I realize that you may belong to a large and mutually congratulatory support group who are determined to "never get it," but shame on you for using your job as craft for your partisan views.
Martha Trybyszewski

Write On

RECEIVED Thu., Sept. 17, 2015

Dear Editor,
    Thousands of Austin's residents have long thought that Mexicans smuggling pot over the border was natural and good, since growing hemp was disallowed for growing by U.S. farmers in 1937. To this day our dollar bills are 60% hemp, and 40% cotton. When the hippies of “The People's Republic of Austin” introduced the rednecks to smoking rope, it shifted the paradigm away from whiskey, red meat, and cars, toward a more gentle future. In 1973, pot no longer a felony, topless women, and “No war! No war!”
    Pat Littledog wrote a big book about Austin and pot, that I'm just dying to read for years, but no publisher will touch it. Her book about Jewel Babb at Indian Hot Springs, Texas, Border Healing Woman, is truly a classic of Texas literature.
    I was glad to read in The Austin Chronicle that Chuck Taylor's Slough Press will reprint Pat's Afoot in a Field of Men. I've bought many copies of Pat's works, but invariably passed them on. Some writers are like that.
Bob Schroeder
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