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Singin' Brenner Praises

RECEIVED Mon., Aug. 3, 2020

Dear and dearest Austin Chronicle,
    I must sing praises here for this publication in regards to many things, including perseverance, forthrightness, weirdness, truth telling and a whole bunch of fun.
    You have a writer on your staff that I have known personally as a co-worker (briefly, I would not expect him to remember me). His writing brings me big smiles whenever I get it. I’m not a by-line guy so much, until after the fact, but I read his work and I say to myself “That must be (him).” And I’m always right.
    Wayne Alan Brenner. Now a food writer? I love it.
    I was fortunate to spend some time working at the now gone Magnolia Cafe “West” long ago, which is 86’d for good (Rock it T-22!) and Wayne and I crossed paths. I’m still in this crazy restaurant biz, and I’ve worked with many people in other places who spent time working with WAB (Wayne Alan Brenner) and we all speak fondly of him and those days.
    Wayne’s writing is unique, and fun, and I hope that, whatever he may be writing about, it never goes away. Thanks for continuing to share him with us!
Eric M. Mills

Don't Give A Rats

RECEIVED Thu., July 30, 2020

Dear Editor
    I thought that the Chronicle was Austin's music magazine. What has happened?
    It now seems to be a anti-police, anti-whatever rag. Everything that happens is all the fault of the police. NO, they don't want to release the name and address of whoever shot Garrett Foster, so that mobs can go kill him, burn down his house, and persecute his family. Isn't that shocking???? I'm not just about to give you my address so that the same thing can happen to me. I am against violence and looting and senseless vandalism.
    Shame on the Chronicle, shame on the violent protests and shame on those involved in the violence. When somethings happens like an accident, a robbery, an assault – who you gonna call. I guess you can run whine to your mother. Quite frankly I don't give a rats what you do with this email. Take to the bathroom and use it to wipe with. That's fine with me.
Kay Howell

Was It Legal

RECEIVED Thu., July 30, 2020

Dear Editor
    Is it a good idea to allow open carry of assault style weapons? Are you comfortable with a person openly carrying an AK-47 style rifle in an El Paso Walmart parking lot? Or walking down Congress Avenue in Austin?
    Monday, August 3, 2020 is the one-year anniversary of the El Paso Walmart shooting in which 23 people were murdered and 23 injured. The shooter walked calmly across the Walmart parking lot openly carrying an AK-47 style rifle. Was it legal? Yes. He did not commit a crime until he opened fire.
    In Texas it is legal to openly carry a long gun in public if it is not in a “manner calculated to alarm.” No license, training, or certification is required to openly carry an assault style weapon. Well, walking across a parking lot openly carrying an assault style weapon is alarming to many. For one example, think about the traumatized folks in El Paso and someone openly carrying a long gun today.
    In a more recent example, was it legal for an Austin protestor to openly carry an assault style weapon? Yes. Did it lead to tragic consequences. Yes.
    The late Justice Scalia, a conservative Justice, wrote for the majority in District of Columbia vs. Heller that the Second Amendment is not unlimited. Limiting the open carry of long guns should be an easy change for Texas lawmakers.
Gyl Switzer
Texas Gun Sense
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