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Accept the Amendments

RECEIVED Wed., Oct. 19, 2016

Dear Editor,
    I live on Finley Drive, which is one of about 15 residential streets that feeds directly into either 45th or Bull Creek Road. None of these streets have sidewalks. Our streets were designed in the 1940s and were not built for traffic.
    The ARG developer states they will create a “connected” community, but Finley and other neighborhood streets will simply become cut-through streets. In addition, there is no public transportation serving the Grove. Neighbors living near the Grove won’t want to walk or bike along busy, congested streets. Those living farther away can’t even take public transportation. The reality is that the Grove’s “connectivity” simply means the ability to drive on neighborhood streets to get between MoPac and the development.
    The Austin City Council should accept the amendments proposed by Council Member Leslie Pool ["Groveling Continues Over Grove," News, Oct. 21]. Please decrease the commercial and retail footprint, which generates the most car trips.
Elsa Taylor

Refreshing Research

RECEIVED Wed., Oct. 19, 2016

Dear Mr. Whittaker,
    Thank you for your carefully researched article “Rundberg Rising” [News, Oct. 14] regarding the Rundberg area of Austin.
    It was refreshing to learn that the APD represented by APD Commander Donald Baker is actually walking beats, not to make arrests, but to talk with residents. It would be wonderful if this practice continues in the Rundberg area now that the improvement grant has been depleted.
    I appreciate the fact that you introduced your readers to strong women involved in helping this community (i.e., Guzmán and Teich of AISD).
    Since AISD has recently received a $1.75 million grant to help youth, hopefully Teich will be involved in funneling some of that money to the Rundberg area. Guzmán could use this help.
    You make the Chronicle shine with articles such as this.
Most appreciatively,
Victoria Taylor

SXSW Weako

RECEIVED Tue., Oct. 18, 2016

Dear Editor,
    Twice my colleague and I submitted a panel idea with confirmed panelists, who are known in their field, to SXSW Eco ["Future Perfect," News, Oct. 7] and solicited support from the Austin-based members of the advisory board. I attended all of the conferences except in 2015 and have completed their survey each time.
    My impressions:
    Speakers have shared creative ideas, but many do not effectively relate how their ideas can help Central Texas.
    As with all SXSW conferences they have a business-to-business focus and people/businesses of lesser means normally cannot benefit due to high admission costs and weekday scheduling.
    The founding Austin-based SXSW Eco advisory board need to consider if they are participating actively enough in supporting panel submissions through the panel picker voting process. If not, it may be time for them to make way for others who prioritize this responsibility so submissions from Central Texas get the consideration and support they need.
Gib Jensen

The High Party

RECEIVED Sat., Oct. 15, 2016

Dear Editor,
    From the party who brought us Dan Quayle: a know-nothing who couldn't spell potato[e] … to George W. Bush: a know-nothing who often beamed with pride after completing a long sentence … to Sarah Palin: a know-nothing who was proud of her aerial wolf assassinating/gun clinging bona fides … to Donald Trump: a know-nothing fake-billionaire-sociopath who was heretofore a man proud of his own vile and repugnant behavior, proud of his own artificial attempts at being a human being, proud of his own classless life of excess and exploitation. I wonder: Will the Republican Party finally take stock of itself? Or, has the once proud party of Lincoln been entirely plundered and sacked by this historically vapid anti-intellectual movement? Will it finally admit to its powerlessness, recognize that there is a higher power (the power of reality), conduct a thorough examination of its so-called principles, prepare a fearless moral inventory, and make a list of those they have harmed? (You know, all of us.) Is there even a hint of enlightenment on the horizon for America's conservative right? Perhaps not. Perhaps America's Republican Party will spin off – in all its fascist glory – the Trump political "product," which would cozily exist alongside Fox News, Breitbart, et al., as they compete against one another in their own scum bubble, cannibalizing each other into irrelevancy. *Sigh* How the mighty have fallen.
Gabriel Skinner

Grabbing a Piece of History

RECEIVED Fri., Oct. 14, 2016

Dear Editor,
    As a liberal Austin resident I went to the LBJ Library today as Election Day looms. I went to the 10th floor and listened to the same phone exhibit as President Obama listened to. I encourage any Chronicle reporter who is interested in drawing parallels to how far we have NOT come in the advancement of women or people who are not white in this country to listen to the recording of the female reporter who is from the Washington Post(?) and LBJ speaking. I believe he insinuates that if he were a wild animal on his land, he would scale fences just to be near her. I am sadly reminded of DT and his recording of grabbing a woman's private parts. Trying to make a sick connection during this time and hoping that we have overcome, and knowing that we have not.
Noel Nelson
American Citizen
Undecided in this shit ass election
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