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From what I read ["AISD Prepares to Slice the Apple
," News, Dec. 7], AISD is going to have a $30 million deficit this coming year so various cuts and changes need to be made. Really? With all the property taxes that are collected and keep going up at a unsustainable, above inflation rate ... the real reason is that the state "recaptures" this money, and this year more collected taxes will be sent to the state of Texas than to our own AISD! No wonder people call it Robin Hood. $672 million to the state, while $634 million stays with the rightful AISD coffers. It is projected that those numbers accelerate in 2020 to $901 million for "recapture" to the state, while only $603 million stays locally. MORE and increasing taxes for everyone in Austin while AISD keeps $31 million less. Simply amazing. No wonder people are moving to the suburbs to educate their children and having lower taxes at the same time. I'm a native Texan and [have] been living in Austin since 1987 and love this city, but overreaching policies like this need to be addressed.
[Re: "Austin Resident Named in Texas Voter Purge Debacle, Files Suit
," Daily News, Feb. 5]: Texans need everyone on this list to also file lawsuits against Gov. Greg Abbott and friends and have the Justice Department file voter fraud against them and jail them.
A start to ending these little dictators from attacking Texans and United States citizens.
During my years writing classical music reviews for the Statesman
, Michael Barnes was my boss, but Robert was his counterpart at the Chronicle
. Their friendship was obvious, and their banter and conversation were delightful and informative.
Robert richly, deeply deserves an honor like this. ["Texas Institute of Letters Honors Chronicle Arts Editor Robert Faires
," Daily Arts, Jan. 30.]
YAAAAAAAY, ROBERT!!! Carry on!
The more I learn about Texas law, from the TABC's predatory actions ["Under Pressure
," News, Feb. 1] to the lack of tenant rights because the Tenants Council in East Austin is only there to placate your complaints and not really do anything at all; to the fact that small businesses are penalized and wrongly pre-judged in any lawsuit if they are on the defense, I want to take action. Big action. Important action. Evolutionary action!
What about chemical spills and the fact that builders can use any kind of shit materials, but when the co-op or condo owners asks what exactly is the building made of, the leasing offices or management come up empty? Or crashes on the highway that end up in over 3,500 deaths per year? Who's making money off of the fact of these deaths and total disregard for human life? The fact that simple traffic police or better yet, traffic eyes (as in Switzerland) – which monitor speeding and automatically send tickets to offenders – will stop them from speeding, which will inhibit deaths, [but] is not used anywhere is disgusting.
The politicians in charge total disregard for human life is craven and depraved. Oh, don't get me started on the despicable way in which Patrick and Abbott only care about two things really. Suppressing women and stopping abortion? Why don't we send to jail any guy that masturbates and force them to bury their sperm, poor little babies?
What can I do besides fume and be frustrated? Laws change on the local level, we know that. How can we justify the total corruption in this state on so many levels? We cannot. It is an authoritarian corporate dictatorship that oppresses the working class.