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Keepin' Austin Covered

RECEIVED Mon., March 8, 2021

Dear Editor,
    Thanks for keeping us informed on the Statesman and the possibility of unions. Since the Gannett management, the paper is little but a few words surrounded by vast open spaces and page after page of furniture ads and large print obits, both of which earn money for the paper. Apparently the pages of news don't earn as well. Comparing words per front page of the WSJ or NYT, the ratio difference must be hundreds to one! Thanks for your continued coverage to our city!
eileen pestorius

No on B

RECEIVED Sun., March 7, 2021

Dear Editor,
    I want to thank you for Lina Fisher's thorough and well-written article "'Strong-Mayor' Proposal Divides Austin's Progressives." [News, March 5] I didn't know the meaning of this system of government or the impact it may have on the city of Austin. It really helped me in planning my votes for the special election that we should all participate in May. As always, the Chronicle keeps me informed on city politics and always look forward to the new issue every Thursday.
Vote No on B,
Cameron Tepper

Farcebook Rival

RECEIVED Fri., March 5, 2021

Dear Editor,
    I'd like to suggest, again, that The Austin Chronicle create a social media component to rival farcebook and allow the Luv Doc to establish the community standards.
thanks,
m.

Holding Hands

RECEIVED Thu., March 4, 2021

Dear Editor,
    When our kids are small, we make them hold our hands in the parking lot. A small act that most parents do without thinking. There’s no rule that says we have to, no law - but we do it anyway, because it offers protection. While they aren’t completely safe, they are safer.
    Every day, children fill the hallways of the school where I teach. I wouldn’t hold the hands of these kids, teenagers, in the parking lot, but that doesn’t mean that I’m any less dedicated to their protection. Right now COVID-19 ranks one of the highest risks they face. I spend each passing period reminding them to pull their masks above their noses.
    As children get older, they resist the rules. They complain that they are “too old” to hold your hand in the parking lot, that it’s “embarrassing”. But we still hold their hands a little longer until we know that it's safe. I ask that our schools and parents consider holding their hand anyway until we know that it's safe. COVID-19 isn’t going anywhere any time soon. As people get vaccinated, we will hopefully see a decrease in severe cases, but there is still that risk - a mutation, a weakened immune system, a sudden but severe case. We are not safely on the sidewalk yet, we are still in the parking lot, and it is our job as educators to ensure they are safe until the danger has passed.
    When Gov. Abbott rescinded the mask order, it didn’t make masks suddenly ineffective. But it did put it on the same level as holding hands in the parking lot. There’s no rule that says we have to, no law - but we should do it anyway, because we know that it offers protection.
Misty Vognsen
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