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RECEIVED Tue., Sept. 22, 2020
Randy Clarke's current backtracking with regards to access to public facilities is dangerous. It was his agency which had the “great idea” to remove public transit service to schools, hospitals clinics and other public facilities. And pickup does not run on holidays such New Years when St Davids is packed with patients and workers. COVID-19 has taught us that parasites attacking the infrastructure of communities must be defeated.
RECEIVED Mon., Sept. 21, 2020
Serving in the military prepared me for tough fights, and we must come together right now to fight against climate change – one of the greatest national security threats facing our generation and those to come.
We’ve already seen areas like the Rio Grande Valley pummeled by 500-year floods that many families can’t recover from. But beyond Texas, climate change will create an unprecedented global crisis as devastating weather patterns – from unlivable droughts to toxic air quality and record floods – cause mass migrations. Regional conflicts over increasingly scarce resources are a near certainty, threatening stability across the globe.
We have to remember it will be our children and grandchildren bearing the weight of the climate crisis if we don’t act now. It’s a moral imperative to vote out climate deniers like John Cornyn, who’s made absurd comments like he hasn’t “drunk the Kool-Aid” on climate change and has voted against key environmental protections like the Clean Water Rule.
We need leaders who will listen to science, and we can’t wait a second longer. As a veteran, I know that MJ Hegar fits the bill. MJ will fight like all our children's futures depend on it, because they do.
Jim Penniman-Morin, Former Captain, US Army
RECEIVED Mon., Sept. 21, 2020
November is coming up quickly and voting is the upmost important. Remember that the Electoral College is made up from senators; it is very important that they hear from you and how u would want them to vote. No matter what your political affiliation. Write, email, Instagram, or Twitter. Let them know your thoughts and and opinions multiple times if need be. This is most important presidential election of the century. Your children future depends on it.
Ted Cruz and John Cornyn are our state senators.
Also we lost a great champion for women's rights yesterday [Sept. 18]. Ruth Bader Ginsburg is responsible for most of the rights women enjoy today. Think of her when you cast your vote. More importantly, teach your daughters about her.
RECEIVED Sun., Sept. 20, 2020
I remain disappointed at your willingness to use your position as columnist, editor, and publisher (how's that for the keys to the henhouse!) to further defend a broken system. My objections to your piece "Through the Looking Glass" [Public Notice, Sept. 18] are varied and numerous, so for the sake of brevity I will stick to enumerating the most objectionable parts:
- Affordability is a straw man, and there is no such thing as naturally occurring affordability. Asking for affordability requirements is a known strategy for resisting new housing. The thinking is that if a developer can't make a profit off of a fourplex they'll just keep building oneplexes, which is the goal here. Just ask San Francisco how effective this strategy is.
- In case you need reminding, here's who voted against ADUs in 2015: Ora Houston, Ann Kitchen, Leslie Pool, Kathie Tovo. I also found an article from 2015 that explains WHY Adler and Casar "quietly scotched it.” Here's an excerpt that might help: "This was the grand compromise between Mayor Steve Adler and CM Greg Casar, after it became clear that Council could not muster six votes for pushing ADUs into Allendale [sic] and Slaughter Lane." If it sounds familiar, you wrote it.
- A few weeks ago, you accused me in this very forum of "divisive rhetoric.” Here you attack not only Whitworth, but the entire urbanist community in Austin. I am a card-carrying urbanist because I believe that cities are wonderful places that are capable of providing access to opportunities. I was raised out of poverty by the opportunities provided to me in my city, and I want that possibility for future generations.
I do not want to destroy Austin, and I don’t want to the current residents to leave. What I want is for everyone – regardless of their race or income – to be welcomed in our community. Wanting to remove regulations that are rooted in segregation does not make someone a libertarian, and if that’s your takeaway I would encourage you to dialogue with more of us. You should also consider that the LDC rewrite had broad support from a diverse coalition of community groups, not just urbanists. Is Austin Justice Coalition a libertarian enterprise now?
Publisher Nick Barbaro responds: Kimberley Jones is the editor, and Mike Clark-Madison the Politics editor, and apart from my column, I don't have a whole lot of input into the news coverage. Also, the four CMs you cite voted against the ordinance that limits ADUs to 8,900 lots in the central city, in favor of a version which would've also allowed ADUs in the 62,000+ lots that are still zoned single-family. (Thanks for finding my quote from 2015; for some reason, I couldn't find that when I wrote this last week, so instead linked to the AURA description of the meeting.)
RECEIVED Thu., Sept. 17, 2020
With regard to Conrad Bejerano and his movie classics, I just happened across this article [“I Luv Video Closes … So What Next?
” Screens, Sept. 16] because I have Russ Meyer, an old family friend who grew up with my Dad after being together at the Alameda Naval Air Station pre WWII, and stayed friends. My Dad passed first, then Russ, but I have an original of each of Russ Meyer's movies, still sealed & wrapped in cellophane, never opened or played ... two of which were filmed on our properties over the years. Fun memories, but I will likely never open the films, and at 74 recognize that they would do better in the hands of a connoisseur rather than in my closet. I actually was present (as a high school kid with dreams) when he was filming Lorna
in 1964 along the San Joaquin river. Lots of stories. Actually, my Dad (Wilfred L. Kues) shows up in the credits on some of the films and on a Google search. Don't really care about charging for them, just might like to see them in good hands. Feel free to call if these might be of interest.