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Law Needs Refresher

RECEIVED Tue., Aug. 9, 2016

Dear Editor,
    I believe the Travis County D.A./criminal justice system needs a refresher in the law. How do you charge a person with capital murder whose intent was to evade the police and runs over people with his vehicle, and charge another with first-degree murder whose obvious intent was to kill people by shooting into a crowd on Sixth Street??!!
Tom Cave

The Road to Improvement

RECEIVED Mon., Aug. 8, 2016

Dear Editor,
    Thank you for summarizing the Mobility Bond [“Where You're Going If You 'Go Big,'” News, Aug. 5]. Austin needs significant improvements in our bus system to help with congestion and give people options. It is important for affordability and equity that people can make do with fewer cars. The Mobility Talks survey found that in every district people want to increase their transit use more than any other mode. Our current bus system takes far too long and does not get people where they need to go.
    Cap Metro does not have the resources to fix it alone. The city must help by improving bus shelters and access, providing bus lanes and signals, and encouraging development along transit corridors. Unfortunately, the bond measure includes almost no money for transit. One of the few measures that it would fund, bus pullouts, is controversial because it reduces bus speeds by requiring them to pull out of traffic.
    Your article did not discuss the city's agreement to take over management of the TxDOT roads (such as N. Lamar and Airport Blvd.), or how much the city will need to pay each year to maintain those roads. As a result of that agreement, which was developed at the same time as the bond measure, additional money will go toward I-35. These are important aspects of this bond measure that have so far been kept from the public.
Susan Pantell
   [Nick Barbaro responds: There is as yet no such agreement between the city and TxDOT, nor does the bond proposal include such an agreement. In the same resolution which directed the city manager to prepare the November bond election, Council directed the city manager to work with Sen. Kirk Watson, TxDOT, Capital Metro, and others, to develop alternative funding options, "which may include … Transfer of ownership and associated maintenance responsibilities of state roads within Austin’s city limits;" among several other things. Council will have to consider any such actions in the future, independently from the bond proposal.]

Not Art, but Trash

RECEIVED Mon., Aug. 8, 2016

Dear Editor,
    I happen to love Austin, so I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw how your recent cover page glorifies the graffiti on the train bridge at Lady Bird Lake [“Street Seen,” Aug. 5]. Encouraging people to vandalize public property is not cool. Each time I ride my bicycle at Lady Bird Lake, I try my hardest to look beyond the damage that these "artists" have done. The city spends thousands of our tax dollars to remove this trash, yet The Austin Chronicle encourages readers to do more of it. If Barbaro, Black, and Sam Anderson-Ramos are so fond of graffiti, then invite some of these "artists" to vandalize the cars and houses in which you and your parents live in. Shame on you Austin Chronicle!
Brian "Bronco" Broussard
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