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Circulate This!

RECEIVED Wed., Nov. 2, 2016

Dear Editor,
    Austin Public Library at 5500 Manchaca Road is an excellent architectural gem in South Austin. It was designed by Alan Taniguchi, former dean of architecture at the University of Texas. Cast-in-place concrete is used throughout the building. It has excellent orientation with the site.
    I have seen the sticker “Keep Austin Weird” many times all over the city. Traffic circulation at this particular library is weird, awkward, and backward. There is a posted sign “return book” to follow a traffic circulation plan. If one wants to return books by following this circulation plan, one will not be able to do this without leaving the car in the parking space and taking books and dropping them in the kiosk manually. In other words, the book return kiosk is on the wrong side. One has to purchase a United States Postal Service vehicle (right hand drive car). Returning books following the existing traffic circulation creates traffic hazard. Moreover on cannot turn left towards Manchaca Road (next to ARYA apartment complex next door). There is a sign “do not enter wrong way.” The city of Austin should send city planner/traffic engineer to the site immediately to solve the problem.
    Traffic circulation should be reversed. Existing “entry” will be “exit” and “exit” should be reversed to “entry.” There should be a sign posted “enter right way.” No extra money is required for striping the parking lot.
    Please note: If the was a bank and the book return kiosk was used as an ATM machine, the customers could not use it for depositing or withdrawal of money. Consquently, this particular bank would be losing lots money and would be out of business soon.
    I want this branch library should stay open and provide valuable service to the community. I recommend that proper engineering and traffic circulation in a logical way should be implemented right away.
Rokeya Akhter
former volunteer at the library

Baffled by Endorsement

RECEIVED Tue., Nov. 1, 2016

Dear Austin Chronicle Editors,
    As an Austin resident since '99, I have long appreciated your insights into all things local. Politically, your consistently progressive views line up with my own, and you generally do a thorough enough job with your election coverage that I trust your endorsements.
    That said, I am a bit baffled by your endorsement, without any discussion or reasoning, of Savannah Robinson for the Texas Supreme Court ["Chronicle Endorsements," News, Oct. 21]. Let me say up front that I am no fan of Eva Guzman and her Scalia-esque approach to jurisprudence. However, the smallest amount of research convinced me that Robinson is utterly unqualified for the position; indeed, it is hard to fathom how the Democratic party considered her a serious candidate.
    I invite you to compare her answers to Guzman's in this Dallas Morning News piece:
    Guzman's answers are thoughtful, developed, and detailed; Robinson can barely muster a meaningless one-sentence reply. "I think I can help," as an explanation of her reason for running for office? Seriously? This is the Texas Supreme Court, not sixth grade president.
    Between this and the Q&A from the League of Women Voters guide (, it is patently obvious to me that Robinson has no experience in public service (despite a long 32-year career in law) and no business sitting on any bench, let alone the state Supreme Court.
    Believe me, I would much rather have seen even a marginally competent choice put forth by the Democrats, who would have garnered my vote. Robinson is not that person, and I found myself having to hold my nose and vote for Guzman. Your endorsement of someone so clearly unfit for the job is disappointing, and has made me wary of following your advice, at least when you provide no reasoning for your endorsements.
Roger Topham
J.D. Candidate 2017
University of Texas School of Law

Who's Who

RECEIVED Fri., Oct. 28, 2016

Dear Sam Anderson-Ramos,
    Thank you for the review of my work at the “Painters Painting Painters” show at the Davis Gallery ["Painters Painting Painters", Arts, Oct. 28]! I just wanted to clarify: The painting called Lighthouse was of Denise Fulton who curated the show, and the painting called Dissection was a self-portrait. You are right that it was confusing who painted who. We should have put their names in on the side of the title. Anyway, thanks again for the interesting perspective!! I'm thrilled!
Karen Offutt

Give Pool a Break

RECEIVED Fri., Oct. 28, 2016

Dear Editor,
    I am thrilled to see the Chronicle endorsing Leslie Pool for re-election to represent District 7 ["Chronicle Endorsements," News, Oct. 21]. However, I am very surprised to see the endorsement closed with the line "And though we'd like to see Pool improve her record in the northern half of her district, she remains the clear choice for the job."
    As president of the River Oaks Neighborhood Association, I want it to be known that Leslie Pool has been fighting for and listening to her constituents from Central North Austin, to District 7's farthest reaches.
    Located just north of the Walnut Creek Metropolitan Park and bounded to the north and east by Parmer and Lamar, the River Oaks neighborhood is more or less the end of Austin.
    Council Member Pool has made time to attend our association meetings and when a critical development issue came to our doors, she was there to lend support and expertise at every step of the way. CM Pool encouraged her Zoning and Platting appointee to dive into traffic analyses, ordered additional traffic counts, arranged meetings with Austin Transportation Department, and guided novice neighborhood leaders through the twists and turns of City Hall.
    Connectivity is a philosophical debate occurring all over the city … how much connectivity, at what cost, and to whom?
    Facing political cost among her peers, she fiercely advocated for responsible connectivity due to the location of our case, helping negotiate a compromise to plan to open the street in question so long as improvements [were made] to this high-traffic route to school. In a similar case in her ETJ [extraterritorial jurisdiction], she fought similar arguments to protect the health and safety of District 7 residents even far outside core areas because it was the right thing to do.
    No CM is perfect, but CM Pool's record upholding her promises and fighting for her district comes pretty close both in the central core of D7, and in the farthest reaches that she represents as well.
Angela Pineyro De Hoyos
River Oaks Neighborhood Association

Skip the Candy

RECEIVED Thu., Oct. 27, 2016

Dear Editor,
    While driving, recently, I came across a man who held a sign that read “I am dreaming of a Big Mac.” I ended up buying him a burger. I recently moved to Austin so this is a new phenomenon for me. I have broken down at traffic signals when confronted with a sign that reads, “Will take anything, even 25¢.” Most of us have seen that sign, but how many have helped these unfortunate ones who spend their days on the roadsides and their nights under a bridge?
    Poverty and homelessness are symptoms that point to a larger problem. These people might have ended up on the road due to addiction, incarceration, lack of job opportunities, or even divorce. They remain in such situations because of our apathy and privilege, which allows us to see them as lesser men for having human frailties.
    According to Forbes, in 2015, Americans spent close to $6.9 billion on candies and costumes for Halloween. This holiday season, try something different: Spend your candy money to help someone. Maybe you will find that the pleasure derived from helping others is more sustaining than the candy that feeds only obesity and diabetes.
Bushra Ahmad Zafar

Get Out

RECEIVED Thu., Oct. 27, 2016

Dear Editor,
    Sorry to hear Alejandro has left Austin ["Why I Left Austin," Music, Oct. 28]. Sounds like the same thing my wife went through years ago, adrenal depletion and all.
    Always enjoy listening to his music and seeing him perform.
    Remember the True Believers at Club Foot, great times.
    Now if we could just get another 899,999 people to leave Austin the world would truly be a better place.
Steve Gray
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