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The Right Thing to Do

RECEIVED Wed., Oct. 31, 2018

Dear Editor,
    Your newspaper recently noted, "After four years of phones ringing unanswered at the District 1 office under the tenure of retiring CM Ora Houston ..." ["Chronicle Endorsements: City Council," Oct. 19]. However, as the pastor of a church in District 1 who has actively engaged with Council Member Houston and her staff, my experience differs with the consistent responses and answering of phone calls made by my congregation and myself during the course of her term. Indeed, we have found her and her staff to be very timely and responsive to our calls and contacts with her office.
    I urge you to make a retraction, or least a modification, of that statement based on the responses of others, including myself, who have interacted with CM Houston's office. It would be the right thing to do.
Pastor Joseph C. Parker Jr., Esq., D.Min.
David Chapel Missionary Baptist Church

Great Question

RECEIVED Mon., Oct. 29, 2018

Dear Editor,
    I emailed my congressman, Michael McCaul, this message in the middle of last week – still no response. Perhaps he’ll notice it in the Chronicle:
    As the city of Austin is under a state of emergency, a boil-water warning, and there are urgent requests for water usage to be curtailed, I couldn't help but wonder how you are pitching in at your own residence back in Austin, which is consistently on record as using more water than any other residence served by the Austin Water utility. ["Headlines," Aug. 3.]
    If you halved your home usage during this time, it would have a greater impact than many dozen "average" users.
    You see, we're boiling water for cooking and dishwashing, flushing toilets with rain-barrel-water, taking cold showers rather than waiting for the water to warm up, and getting up early in the morning to buy enough bottles before H-E-B sells out. We're also buying extra water to take care of our elderly neighbors and to bring some to nearby schools.
    If you did take steps to do something about this, I'd encourage you to let people know how you are standing with the rest of us, as a fellow citizen, and not as some out-of-touch politician who's spent so long in Washington that he is not concerned with the folks back home in the district.
Warmest Regards,
Mark Grayson
District 10 Constituent

Heartfelt & Heartwarming

RECEIVED Mon., Oct. 29, 2018

Dear Editor,
    Your article on Seth Gibbs was heartfelt and heartwarming for its portrayal of a friend who has both courage and wisdom. [“Playback: Seth Gibbs Promises to Fight,” Music, Oct. 26.] I have known Seth for less than a year, and am drawn to his intelligence and his optimism. I wish him the peace that all of us hope for.
Ronald Wetherington

Houston Deserves Gratitude

RECEIVED Fri., Oct. 26, 2018

Dear Editor,
    I was surprised – shocked actually – to read these words in your City Council District One article: “After four years of phones ringing unanswered at the District 1 office under the tenure of retiring CM Ora Houston ...” ["Chronicle Endorsements: City Council," News, Oct. 19].
    My experience of working with Council Member Houston's office could not have been more different than you describe. As a nonprofit communications director (until my recent job change) during CM Houston's tenure, I contacted the office by phone and email regularly and was always met with a quick response and with grace. CM Houston and her staff were communicative and honest. Whether or not they were able to help us on any given issue or event, they were always quick to respond, gracious, and honest about the issues and CM Houston's positions and availability. 
    CM Houston has worked hard on behalf of her community and constituents and deserves better than this from the Chronicle. As she retires, whether you agree or disagree with her, she deserves gratitude for the way she has served. 
Jan Gunter


RECEIVED Thu., Oct. 25, 2018

Dear Editor,
    This is a comment about the review of Sophisticated Giant, by Maxine Gordon, written by Jay Trachtenberg, Oct. 23.
    The review covered the details and the intention of the book very nicely. The one thing that I would wish to see corrected is the use of the past tense in the last three sentences. The time is now. The scholarly work, the jazz life, and the music are fully alive in the present. Let's not relegate it to the past.
    Viva la musica.

Oh! Dear

RECEIVED Thu., Oct. 25, 2018

My Dear Editor,
    I’m not sure where Elle King got the idea that John Lennon wrote “Oh! Darling.” ["Snapshot," Oct. 19.] Numerous reputable sources credit it to Paul McCartney and I’m not aware of any which say otherwise. I’m rather familiar with this particular song, as it was the one I was playing when I got arrested for playing the piano in the food court at the old Highland Mall.
Michael Bluejay
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