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Cult of Purr-sonality

RECEIVED Wed., June 12, 2024

Dear Editor,
    Until many of Austin's City Council members learn how to do seventh-grade math, till [Austin Pets Alive!] quits bringing in animals from other cities and counties, nothing is going to "fix" the city shelter ["Remember the Animals," Feedback, June 7]. Cats and dogs breed over 100,000 times faster than humans do. So unless human females start dropping potential adopters at the same rates cats and dogs make puppies and kittens? It's an unsolvable problem … made so much worse by a reactive focus on adoption instead of a proactive focus on spay/neuter. It's simply a matter of our whole "No Kill" program being drafted by lawyers and salesmen instead of people who understand the implications of an exponential function along with the economics behind supply and demand. Proactive programs as opposed to reactive programs. [Chief Animal Services Officer] Don Bland isn't a magician. He can't turn a sow's ear into a silk purse no matter how much many of our Animal Advisory Commission members and local politicos demand he do so. That shelter has been closed for intake on and off through three different shelter managers and it's just going to get worse. Quit believing that adoption-based cult and use a little science and common sense.
Del Goss

Vexing Vouchers

RECEIVED Wed., June 12, 2024

Dear Editor,
    I am concerned that school districts are facing significant budget cuts because public school funding in Texas is held hostage to [Gov. Greg Abbott's] push for school vouchers ["How Texas’ School Funding Scheme Contributed to Austin ISD’s Massive Budget Shortfall," News, May 24].
    The May 30 Statesman reported that billionaire Pennsylvania-based Jeffrey Yass recently donated millions to school voucher-friendly candidates in Texas races, including a $6 million gift to Abbott. School voucher programs are controversial. They are opposed by many organizations, such as AAUW, League of Women Voters, Public Funds Public Schools (a national campaign founded by the Southern Poverty Law Center, et al.), National Coalition for Public Education, Truth in Education Funding, Texas Impact.
    U of Houston professor Dr. Rottinghaus stated: “Texas is still a one-party state. It’s the party of money.” Dark money groups have ties to oil tycoons and Republican megadonors Tim Dunn, Dan and Farris Wilks. Not surprisingly, many are also fighting the renewable energy revolution, per a spring article in the Sierra magazine.
Anita Knight
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