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Are You Concerned?

RECEIVED Tue., Dec. 4, 2018

Dear Editor,
    When will people wake up and see that our alarmingly increasing property taxes are destroying local businesses. Everyone knows about Threadgill's South having to close ... and what about Austin Java and It's About Thyme? I read that Downtown property taxes have increased approximately 175% over the last five years. That's 2.75 times the amount you previously paid. Where else do you see rampant inflation in costs other than from our local inefficient government/districts?
    How many more local businesses (local citizens) are going to be run out of business before we tame this beast? We could start on a state level with school taxes and Robin Hood.
    Austin is not becoming a great place to start a business unless you move to the outskirts of town or somehow get some tax abatements from our politicians. Less money in the business' pockets means less profits, less hiring, and more business closures. I am concerned; how about you?
Paul Jacobson

Snark Attack

RECEIVED Mon., Dec. 3, 2018

Dear Editor,
    The article about Sweetheart of the Rodeo by Tim Stegall on November 9 was so very snarky ["One-Hundred Years From Now," Music]. Much of the snarkiness seemed to come from the musicians interviewed – I've not thought much about this kind of journalism and whether the writer should try to temper the comments of those interviewed, so maybe it was unavoidable. But especially, the remarks about Gram Parsons were so hostile. And passive-aggressive. "I loved the man, but he had problems." That's so ugly!
Paulette H. Delahoussaye

You Could Be Next

RECEIVED Mon., Dec. 3, 2018

Dear Editor,
    This woman [Chief Administrative Law Judge Lesli Ginn] should not be in charge of anything. She is being paid to make sure the ALJs follow her unwritten policy: Do not rule against a state agency or you are out. ["Down the Brain Drain," News, Nov. 23.]
   Citizens, wake up; this could be you next. Going to court, spending a lot of money on [an] attorney, getting all hopeful, and rehearsing what you are going to say, and getting stressed out. When the verdict is in before you even go to court. THIS IS NOT DUE PROCESS!
    WTH is this country coming to. Stop the corruption; you should all be furious this happened to another ALJ who heard the evidence and decided that this doctor was railroaded. So she fires him. Stop the corruption and get rid of this sociopath!
Jill Schaefer

A More Urgent Warning

RECEIVED Sun., Dec. 2, 2018

Dear Editor,
    Regarding Point Austin: A More Urgent Warning [News, Nov. 30], according to many pre-election polls, climate change is way down the list of voter concerns and therefore few candidates on either side took a position on the issue. Since the release of the National Climate Assessment, the media has elevated the issue. If news sources keep climate change on the front page and if individuals speak out, Congress will start paying attention.
    Just last week, a bill to fight climate change was introduced in Congress, sponsored by three Democrats and three Republicans. The Energy Innovation & Carbon Dividend Act (EIAC) is the first bipartisan climate bill in a decade. Whether or not you like every aspect of this bill, let your representatives know that you support national climate change legislation. Get involved with Citizens’ Climate Lobby or one of the other groups on the right and the left that advocate for similar legislation. Just as the Grand Canyon was created drop by drop, every phone call helps to change the political will for climate change legislation; signing up at makes those phone calls easy and effective.
    Ironically, starting everyday conversations about climate change – at work, at home, at the pub – is harder than calling Congress! It’s daunting, even for some of the most committed climate activists, but necessary. (Google “talking about climate change” for help.)
    The EIAC will go nowhere in this Congress, but it and similar bills will be introduced again until finally the U.S. does its part to mitigate the profound impacts of climate change. But it will only happen if we all keep the conversation going. Thank you, Michael King, for your heartfelt piece.
Cynthia Lesky

Keepin' It Weird

RECEIVED Thu., Nov. 29, 2018

Dear Editor,
    I first visited Austin in the summer of 1972. [I] [w]as here for UT orientation. At the time, the drinking age was still 21. It would drop to 18 when I actually entered college later that year, get raised to 19 when I was 19, and finally go back to 21 after I was 21. Weird. But that summer it was still 21 ... and my friend [and I] wanted to go get beer and figured if we went far enough away from campus, we might not get carded. 38th 1/2 and I-35 was far enough at the time, where a little dive had no problem serving us. There was a band playing consisting of old geezers. The violinist was double-puffing unfiltered Camels and had a nose red enough to be Rudolph. The singer yodeled. Yodeled!! And, well, a good time was had by all. So my introduction to the Austin music scene was with nothing less than Kenneth Threadgill.
B Pratt
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