Danger lurking at Circuit of the Americas events
Whenever events are held at Circuit of the Americas, East Austin’s new premier raceway on FM 812, a two-lane road is sectioned off to become four lanes. Landowners up and down FM 812 are offering parking for a fee. For the most part, the landowners do not provide shuttle service. So pedestrians end up walking in the same lanes as the cars since there are no sidewalks. Some of the pedestrians walk in the tall grass but others, especially parents pushing strollers, are in the lanes with the cars. I’m sure this situation was unexpected, but surely, a solution should have been put in place by now. Hopefully, something will be done before someone is seriously hurt.
Voters earn grade of F
Re: May 12 article, “2 of 4 Bonds approved.”
Yesterday’s bond proposition defeat is evidence that Gov. Pointy Boots’ and his tea party legislators’ efforts to dumb-down Texas education has taken root with AISD voters.
Traffic laws ignored
Did the traffic laws change? I must have missed the communication. It seems that very few people now stop at stop signs, stop at red lights before making a right turn and signaling when changing lanes. This seems to be true for autos, bicycles and, in Sun City — golf carts. At the intersection of Williams Drive and D B Wood Road, the autos wanting to make a right turn to go east on Williams have a right turn traffic light. No one pays attention to it. I think that the police need to start citing people for these violation before someone gets killed.
How to copy Austin
Re: May 10 article, “Our tech success, lauded as a model.”
So, now we are urging American cities to adopt the “Austin model” for economic success. Let’s see. First, situate yourself as the capital of a state — the larger the better. Next, get yourself a large state university “of the first class” that will attract top talent from around the state and nation, as well as skilled academics and scientists. Now, you need a mild, year-round climate (ignoring July and August) and decent scenery. Throw in a relatively low cost of living, low crime rates and good school districts. Last but not least, become a major arts destination. Yes, that’s a universal formula for success, but other locales will have to find their own Willie Nelson.
Hypocrisy of lawmakers
Re: May 11 article, “Eating disorder coverage gets nod.”
One of the talking points against the Affordable Care Act is that the government would be deciding who receives care and what level is appropriate, although neither provision seems to be part of the law. Texas leaders have stood squarely in defiance of health care reform.
This morning I read about the Texas House deciding to require insurance companies to cover care for people suffering from bulimia and anorexia but with a sunset provision requiring a cost assessment in 2017. It appears that medical care in Texas is being determined not by physicians, but by the government. This is just another example of the hypocrisy of our elected officials.
Austin taking wrong path
Re: May 11 commentary, “Austin caters to a new crowd — and you can’t afford to live near them.”
Charles Ponzio’s commentary was spot on. I have been a real estate appraiser for 11 years, and I can honestly say that what’s going on right now in the Austin housing market is borderline stupidity. The city leaders here are ruining this city. I never thought I would say this, but Austin should take a long hard look at how Portland, Ore. has done things to stabilize growth, but they won’t. Everyone is out for their own interest and couldn’t care less about the people that live here. I am planning on moving to to Wimberley or San Marcos in the next five years, since our once great city will be just another Houston or Dallas.
Teacher retirement trouble
I have put 21 years into the Teacher Retirement System. The new bill forces me to retire at 62 or suffer a 25 percent reduction of my monthly annuity. It denies me anything but catastrophic health insurance. Why did we elect those clowns in Austin? Even the Texas Retired Teachers Association says this is a good bill. Have you folks been drinking the Austin Kool-Aid, too?
Who thinks about the traffic?
Re: May 13 Ben Wear column, “Red River’s medical problem.”
As usual, city officials eager for the next big thing for Austin (a medical school on the UT campus) don’t bother to think about the traffic effect until after there is a go-ahead. This is why traffic only gets worse. Never better. This proposed dogleg for Red River Street guarantees I-35-type backups that will never go away. We all know that after the Red River dogleg is in place, it will never be abandoned. And, based on the story about state transportation dollars about to dry up, that could mean only enough money to tear up the street anyway.