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Thanks & No Thanks

RECEIVED Tue., Dec. 1, 2015

Dear Editor,
    1) Thank you Louis Black for bringing back “Page Two.”
    2) Thank you for adding a crossword to your paper.
    3) Don Zimmerman says it's good criminals are dumb so it's easy to catch them. Well, how dumb is it to leave your vehicle unlocked and running with your phone and gun in it? Maybe he should spend some time at his local library and improve his mind.
    4) You should have a regular column called “Stupid Shit Don Zimmerman Said This Week.”
    5) The Nov. 20 “Out of Town” column [Arts Listings] had Night in Old Pearl City being held at the Pearl City Dance Club. Actually, it was held at Turner Hall, which is owned by Lodge No. 90 Hochheim Prairie of the Sons of Hermann in Pearl City. Hagen's store where all the Pearl beer was sold is gone, but the hall and Hochheim Prairie school are still there.
Lawrence W. Lewis

Selective Indignation

RECEIVED Mon., Nov. 30, 2015

Dear Editor,
    A good example of selective righteous indignation on the part of The Austin Chronicle can be found in the Nov. 27 "News of the Weird" section, last fragment. In it, a murder suspect named Larry Joe Jerry Jr. is cited as "an example of the highly revealing 'Three First Names' theory of criminal liability," tacitly concurring with the theory's apparent notion that someone with three first names is predisposed to criminal activity. How anyone who rightly takes offense at the stereotyping of someone because of race or color, something with which they were born, can turn right the hell around and support, however lightly, that a person assigned three names at birth is to be regarded as a good bet to being fitted for an orange jumpsuit one day is beyond me. Though the degrees of permanence of each "condition" vary, the fact remains that furthering a stereotype of any kind that targets an innocent for negative public speculation and scrutiny is wrong as the day is long.
Kenneth Michael Latham

More Moral Imperatives

RECEIVED Mon., Nov. 30, 2015

Dear Editor,
    In addressing AISD trustees and the question of Confederate legacy, Elizabeth Branigan wrote "The last political moral imperative I remember was Prohibition" [Feedback, Nov. 27]. School names aside, the last political moral imperative I remember was full legal/civil rights for LGBT people. Before that was full legal/civil rights for women; before that, ending the war in Vietnam, the civil rights movement, confronting European fascism and Imperial Japan, and economic recovery in the Thirties. Oops, I knew I was forgetting one – eliminating disco music in the Eighties, a biggie.
John Silberberg

Imagine the Horror

RECEIVED Sat., Nov. 28, 2015

Dear Editor,
    Terrorists, bullies, criminals – regardless of what you call them, the actions of those who harm and attempt to harm the employees, patients, and loved ones of Planned Parenthood are evil. These people are not saving anyone’s tax dollars, they are acting on behalf of no one’s God, and they are not protecting women and children.
    We share a collective frisson of horror when we imagine being murdered while sitting at a sidewalk cafe. We need to imagine the horror of being murdered while lying on our backs getting our annual exams or standing captive in a mammography machine or waiting for an appointment with the doctor.
    These acts of violence against Planned Parenthood, an organization that provides services for all, but which primarily serves women, are acts of misogyny. These are hate crimes, and they need to be treated as such. Any of us who knows a woman should be outraged.
    Imagine all that would change in our world if we stood in solidarity with women as they seek health care.
The Reverend Janet L. Maykus
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