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Tearful Goodbye

RECEIVED Tue., Nov. 5, 2019

Dear Editor,
    It brought tears to our eyes to read of the closing of the Hard Luck Lounge ["Hard Luck Lounge Is Closing," Daily Music, Nov. 4]. "Lily's Day" was held there in May 2015. Lily was our granddaughter. She passed away (I prefer the term "went electric") on June 1, 2016, due to brain cancer. The kindness of the owners and staff of the Hard Luck Lounge will never be forgotten. The kindness of our Choctaw Wildfire family will never be forgotten.
Jed Rogers

Show Your Appreciation

RECEIVED Mon., Nov. 4, 2019

Dear Editor,
    The approach of Veterans Day prompts me to proclaim why I feel the entire country should take a break from angry political discussion and fly a flag, make an effort to thank someone on active duty, perhaps visit a cemetery, and even acknowledge a disabled veteran license plate with a silent, appreciative sigh.
    I am one of six brothers who have served our country. Four of them saw combat during World War II and one in Korea. I did not see combat. All of them survived and returned home. However, one brother, Emmerson, was captured early during World War II and spent 40-plus months as a Japanese POW. He eventually returned, physically and emotionally weak. Nevertheless, he answered his country's call again and agreed to return to Japan to testify in the War Crimes Trials.
    Sadly, he did not survive his second patriotic mission. On the very rainy day he was to testify, he was killed in a jeep accident. His death was tragic, and the irony of his sacrifice is that our government stonewalled my parents' efforts to bring his body home for burial on American soil.
    Let's use this day to show respect for our military. Strive to find a way to show your appreciation.
Ron Loewe
Austin

Senior Voter Suppression

RECEIVED Mon., Nov. 4, 2019

Dear Editor,
    I am a reasonably fit senior citizen of 74. I am perfectly capable (so far) of “in-person voting” though because I have some “issues” with driving, it is better for me to vote early and nearby. Nevertheless, a couple of years ago when I found out my husband and I could get mail-in ballots we signed up. I like the idea of carefully reading over the ballot in the comfort of my home while I research if necessary. Sure, I can do that in advance, but when there are lots of propositions and/or candidates I need to bring a “cheat sheet” so I don’t make an error and don’t have to feel rushed if the polling place is busy. I think at 74, I have earned that. In fact, I think everyone should be able to do mail-in ballots (or better yet, online voting). I imagine that would result in greater voter participation. I also imagine there are some who would prefer less participation rather than more. I am pretty sure when I signed up I checked a box saying I wanted to ALWAYS receive a mail-in ballot (and I received one two years in a row). When no ballot came this year, I started to investigate and discovered you are required to request a mail-in ballot every year starting in January. I am certain this is new. I saw no notice. I am pissed. It is ridiculous. It is sad that we are so backwards here.
Susan James

Save Pease

RECEIVED Mon., Nov. 4, 2019

Dear Editor,
    I am a licensed architect and Pease parent. I have been working with the Save Pease team and helped them work through a feasibility for the site to expand. If AISD does choose to consider this as an option, it does work both according to AISD adopted Education Specifications and city of Austin adopted codes; please see our website www.savepease.org for our response to their concerns along with our proposal.
    Today we have proposed the following revision request and hope our engagement will be taken seriously by AISD staff. We have a strong community and hope it will be allowed to stay together or at minimum afforded the time other schools are being provided to discuss options.
    High-Level Scenario Revision Requests: These are in the order of our preference and not cumulative.
    1) Keep Pease Open: Align Pease with an Eastside vertical team. Rework the transfer process at Pease to guarantee socioeconomic balance, use the school as pK-4 through 5th and allow us to run a pilot project that focuses on civic engagement. We have commitment from state Rep. Gina Hinojosa to work with our students on this path. We are unsure which Eastside vertical team yet as we don’t want to force our community on to them or vice versa, but we feel confident we can work it through.
    2) Provide Additional Time: Provide Pease at minimum one additional year to work with our community and outside communities to find a place we can move together. Again, allowing for time to respectfully integrate.
    We are not adamant about expanding the campus but wanted to provide AISD with options. They tasked us to co-create and reimagine what our school could be; we took this to heart. We believe in public education and have put out a proposal that we feel strengthens it in Austin. We hope AISD will take the time to explore what is possible with us. Ultimately, option 1 above is what the great majority of our community is hoping for; it increases state funding, cuts costs, and takes advantage of an amazing opportunity to work with the Capitol Complex in a civics engagement program.
    We have full responses to the points they raise and their assertions that the campus cannot be added to. See www.savepease.org to download our proposal and response.
    We would love to work with AISD staff to craft a mutually beneficial future and hope they invite us to the table to do just that.
Respectfully,
April Clark
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