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Wrong Kind of Green

RECEIVED Wed., Dec. 9, 2015

Dear Editor,
    In your Nov. 27 issue, on p.22, there is a half page ad for a company called Nuclear Matters. It shows blues skies with snow-capped mountains in the background. How can the Chronicle stoop so low as to allow such an advertiser? There is no such thing as clean nuclear energy. If nuclear energy is clean, then why haven't people been able live in Chernobyl since 1983? It will take hundreds, if not thousands of years before it is safe for habitation. How many hundreds of years will it be before people can live in Fukushima without risking radiation-related illnesses? Probably hundreds, if not thousands of years. How many more places on the planet do we want to wipe out for thousands of years? Clean energy means no toxic waste! Austin touts itself as being the only somewhat "liberal" city in Texas, which prides itself on being "green." Nonetheless, it appears that the Chronicle does not support "green" initiatives unless it's "green" from advertisers to line their coffers. Is the Chronicle really that hard up for cash?
Kynama Wald

Stop the Hate Virus

RECEIVED Wed., Dec. 9, 2015

Dear Editor,
    Regarding the article from Dec. 6 about two Muslim women being harassed at Kerbey Lane [“Breakfast With Bigots,” News]; I feel compelled to write in hopes that you could forward my letter of apology to both Sirat Al-Nahi and Leilah Abdennabi, apologizing for the uneducated hostile Americans who have been infected with a virus spread by misguided and dangerous fools like Donald Trump giving fuel to hate and fear in this country.
    Being an older woman and a Jew I am especially reminded of how this behavior smacks of Nazi Germany.
    I keep replaying the scenario described about the incident at Kerbey Lane in my mind, wondering how I would have dealt with it had I been there and why no one spoke in the girls’ defense. It’s because most of those patrons feared they’d be shot – by the Islamophobic guy, not by two young women wearing hijabs.
    How many mass shootings have been committed by white males in the U.S. this year alone? I’ve lost count! It has become a daily atrocity.
    I suggest we stop spreading fear and hate, but if there is a type to profile and be afraid of it’s small-minded hateful men like the guy with the big mouth at Kerbey Lane. Frighteningly, this country seems to have a lot of them.
Suzi Stern

Not Enough Recognition

RECEIVED Tue., Dec. 8, 2015

Dear Editor,
    Richard Whittaker mentions that Boyhood swept the film awards last year [“Louis Black's Linklater Doc Headed to Sundance,” Screens, Dec. 7], but he charitably leaves out the fact that the biggest prizes of all, namely, the Academy Awards for Best Picture and Best Director did not go to Richard Linklater. I have seen Birdman. It is a fine film with many riveting performances. But it got the Oscar because it was an insider movie about the backstage lives of actors and other theatre people. No doubt the Academy voters could easily relate to it. What they found less easy to relate to was an epic film about a kid and his family growing up in Texas which was made by an Austin (ee gads!) filmmaker. Films like Boyhood used to be rewarded with the recognition they deserve. No more. Hollywood political correctness is running amuck!
Philip Drexler
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