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Respectful Complaint Registered

RECEIVED Wed., April 17, 2019

Hello Austin Chronicle Publishers,
    I'd like to register a respectful complaint about the new Austin Chronicle format & the littering aspect of improperly discarded issues of the Austin Chronicle, please. 
    1) The issue isn't stapled as it has been in the past & when the issues are discarded near the street, the sheets fly around everywhere and create much more litter than when the issues were stapled. Please reconsider this littering aspect, as littering is always growing in Austin and your publication shouldn't contribute to that very large problem.
    2) The text in the music schedule has been reduced to about 5 points, which is extremely too small to read without magnification! I can't believe that you appear to be trying to save publication costs by reducing the text size in the most important portion of your publication. Please reconsider enlarging the format and the music schedule text back the way it was and raise your advertising rates, rather than cut corners on the readability of it.
    3) I think you should run a survey for your readers to respond to these bad formatting decisions, so you can judge the effect of more litter and less readability of your issues.
Thank You,
Chuck Wimbrow
   Editor Kim Jones responds: We miss the staples, too, but it’s only temporary: Our new printer is in the process of buying and installing a stapler. You can read more in April 5’s “Public Notice.”

Bold Dropped the Ball

RECEIVED Tue., April 16, 2019

Dear Editor,
    What in the world is Austin Bold management thinking ["Austin Bold Tells PETA to Go Kick a Chicken," Daily News, April 16]? PETA rightfully called out the "Farmer in the Del Valle" promotion for the reckless and cruel stunt that it is. The team had a great opportunity to admit that the idea was inappropriate and make a bold statement by canceling. Instead, management dug in. Why?
    Chickens, pigs, horses, and other animals don't belong anywhere near a soccer stadium. This promo will do nothing to foster respect for animals but sends the message that it's OK to haul them around, pen them, and use them as props.
    The Bold really dropped the ball on this.
Sincerely,
Tracy Habenicht

Praise and Thanks

RECEIVED Mon., April 15, 2019

Dear Editor,
    As a veteran journalist who once took enormous risks in the Middle East decades ago, I praise and thank Michael King for his excellent and thoughtful item "Dispatches From Beyond Deadline" [News, April 12]. King's words are a sobering reminder of the unspeakable and often fatal risks journalists and camera folks experience in war zones and hot spots. Those of us lucky enough to survive owe it to those who didn't, by urging huge support for The Last Column.  
Pamela Ellen Ferguson

But Which Mexican Country?

RECEIVED Thu., April 11, 2019

Dear Editor,
    Death sentence for abortion!! ["Lege Lines," News, April 12] When I was in the Army my drill sergeant said the only thing in Texas was steers and queers. He was wrong, you have a lot of idiots too. I think we should give Texas back to Mexico, and ship all the illegal immigrants there. After awhile they would probably go back to the country they came from.
Timothy Wall

Bring the Heart Back

RECEIVED Thu., April 11, 2019

Dear Editor,
    Every year there are 20,000 youths arrested in Texas. And every year we forget about them. Senate Bill 155 wants you to remember.
    Sentenced to the extreme mandatory minimum sentence of 40 years served before eligible for parole, these children are locked away and forgotten about. Spending over half of their lives in jail, these youths are prevented from being productive members of our society. These children and their cases deserve a second look. With the passing of Senate Bill 155, Texas can stay tough on crime and trauma-informed. Decreasing the 40-year required mandatory minimums would bring the heart back into the Heart of Texas.
Alexandra Brzezienski

Tyranny of the Majority

RECEIVED Thu., April 11, 2019

Dear Editor,
    Is there such a thing as mass insanity? If so, could the term “tyranny of the majority” apply?
    Why not blame Queen Victoria? Wasn't it her grandchildren who were major players in world wars? Take Kaiser Wilhelm and Czar Nicholas, both grandsons of a dysfunctional mother/grandmother, but enduring queen. The extreme reaction to Germany's defeat in World War I lead to the economic collapse of Germany and the rise of Hitler.
    So what? If Hitler's rise to power was layered, with an electoral college, the moorings of social sanity could have broadened German recovery and lead to world citizenship that precluded World War II.
    Likewise, without the electoral college, both Al Gore and Hillary Clinton would have been president. Gore's election may have changed the dynamics of 9/11, but Hillary's election would have put a police state in control, not unlike a counterpoint in Russia under Putin's KGB.
    So who wants to change our Constitution and drop layers of protection? Putin. Wouldn't be a bad guess. At that point, even Hitler could control this “tyranny of the majority.”
Fred Stewart
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