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RECEIVED Mon., June 14, 2021

Dear Editor,
    Re: your story on the problems with the City of Austin website [“hellsite.austin.gov,” News, June 11], thought I would share my experience. In March of 2020 went on austintexas.gov/covid19 to schedule a COVID test. Took me to APH site where I answered evaluation questions to see if I needed to be tested. My answers said yes, need to test. Then was able to schedule an appointment in two or three days at convenient location, got the COVID test and then two days later got an email from APH with the results - negative. Did the same thing in August for a second test. So, for scheduling a COVID test, the City website worked very well for me.
Russell Harding

Gotta Luv the Doc

RECEIVED Mon., June 14, 2021

Dear Editor,
    I have read the Austin Chronicle forever and never gave the Luv Doc a second thought. Sounded goofy to me. Then I read a letter in “Feedback” a few weeks ago from someone who said the Luv Doc was their favorite feature. So I started reading it. And guess what - it’s my favorite feature, too! Don’t let him get away.
Tom Thornell

Texas' True Legacy

RECEIVED Mon., June 14, 2021

Dear Editor,
    Yet another piece on the historical and cultural heritage of Austin communities that doesn't even mention Mexican Americans! ["City Seeks to Break the Rich, White 'Historic' Mold," News, June 11] One good way of working toward equity and making amends for their displacement because of gentrification is by preserving Palm School. For decades the students and the nearby residents were mostly of Mexican descent, and an excellent way to preserve their community and cultural memories would be to keep documents, photos, etc. in a museum in the Palm building. Hopefully some day the Texas school textbooks will cover the true legacy of Texas, which consists of much brutality and land grab.
Anita Quintanilla

Adverse Ad Reaction

RECEIVED Sun., June 13, 2021

Dear Editor,
    RE: June 11, Vol 40, No. 41
    I just read the advertisement entitled "Gamecock Farmers For Our Rights" with great astonishment and skepticism and, as a regular reader of the Austin Chronicle, I want to share my thoughts with you. The list is not in any particular order of importance -
    1) What is this nonsense doing in your publication? It is the antithesis of what I thought you stood for.
    2) Content that is published as if it is an article but is actually paid content should have "advertisement" printed in bold letters at the top and bottom of each page.
    3) The 4 pages are full of lies and misleading statements. This is not my opinion ... I researched it.
    4) The author, BL Cozad Junior, has been publishing his pro-cockfighting opinions in other publications in the name of the Constitution, making fallacious arguments which are not based in fact but only in support of his beliefs.
    5) The small print states that this advertisement was "Paid for by United States Human Defense League." I can not find an organization by that name using reasonable search criteria.
    6) BL Cozad Jr claims to be the National Spokesperson for the Gamecock Farmers of America. Again, I was not able to locate an organization by that name.
    7) See No. 1. I simply can not comprehend how this verbiage was allowed in your publication. Even if you told me that the amount paid would cover your overhead for the rest of the year, I still would have a hard time believing that you accepted the money for that reason alone.
    In conclusion, I sincerely want to know the reasoning behind your decision to accept money in exchange for long editorial that defends the "sport" of cockfighting.
Best regards, Sally Doherty

Hellsite Hardships

RECEIVED Fri., June 11, 2021

Dear Editor,
    The article was so thoroughly researched and well written as always bravo. [“hellsite.austin.gov,” News, June 11] Excellent quality. I'm originally from NYC via Europe and have been in this town for 10 years. Each time I go on that website I'm lost, frustrated, confused or angry, especially during COVID.
    I often have the feeling the idiots in charge (not the IT staff, I mean the City Council) are purposely evasive and obtuse hiding behind their endless studies while the information remains totally untransparent. This affects all of us as we cannot navigate a website that is redundant and non-functional.
    Take a look at NYC.gov. Perfect navigation, easy to use, easy to find anything.
    When I went to search for Sanitation Department, logical if I want to file a health complaint against my landlord, hours later I couldn't find the right email and department on Austin.gov 's website.
    Again, thank you for this article.
Elise Krentzel
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