Let Rhodes help Austin
So 10,000 people live downtown in condos at the rate of $625 per square foot, and this is supposed to stop the booming urban sprawl that is happening now? Downtown is turning into a visitor vacation circus. I suggest that the City Council have a meeting with Richard Rhodes , CEO of Austin Community College. Everything he touches turns to gold: urban reuse and recycling, retrofitting and brilliant land use with great savings to us all. Disclaimer : I do not know Mr. Rhodes.
Davis, Manchaca tie-ups
Re: June 21 article, “Long-planned realignnent of Davis Lane wins funding.”
As stated, Davis Lane will finally be realigned. However, the real bottleneck is not so much at Brodie Lane, but at Davis and Manchaca Road. Westbound Davis traffic on the east side of Manchaca has three lanes, including a full right turn/left turn lanes. Eastbound traffic has but two lanes. This requires all traffic wishing to turn right (south) onto Manchaca to stall completely due to the heavy traffic in the same lane, attempting to cross Manchaca towards First Street, Congress Avenue and Interstate 35.
Already thousands of cars each morning and afternoon use Davis/Deer Run as their crosstown link to MoPac Boulevard. Realigning Davis is going to bring even more traffic onto Davis Lane Road and across Manchaca. The traffic is so heavy at times, that it takes three signal loops to finally be able to turn south on Manchaca from Davis eastbound. If you want a “fix,” either install an extra “right turn” lane on Davis at Manchaca, or widen Davis.
Heat can kill your pet
In Austin’s extremely high temperatures and humidity, many people subject their pets to the risk of debilitating heat stroke and even death by walking or running with them during the day. This morning in front of my house, a Labrador retriever, evidently running with its owner, collapsed on the sidewalk. When I went out to help, the dog was struggling to breathe, vomiting and frothing at the mouth. The young owner of the dog said she had called her dad to pick them up. I brought a bowl of water, but the dog was going into convulsions. When the father came, I told him the dog was in danger of dying and that he needed to get her to a vet immediately. They drove off, and I don’t know if the poor dog lived.
Every day, I observe incidents of what amounts to animal cruelty, yet the owners seem unaware that they are putting their pets in jeopardy. Those animals can’t speak for themselves, so please realize they are vulnerable and completely dependent on their humans for protection.
Re: June 22 article, “Stricter rules for abortion advance.”
Chuck Lindell’s story reveals the extent to which Texas House Republicans are willing to manipulate the political system to defy massive public support for safe, legal abortion. The State Affairs Committee kept hundreds of witnesses waiting on Thursday for almost four hours before starting their meeting, complained that testimony was “repetitive” so they could end the meeting, then did not have a quorum present to vote once the time came.
Instead, the committee approved three abortion bills along party lines in a specially called Friday meeting. Houston Rep. Jessica Farrar’s assessment of the situation was on target: “This is a farce … . They’re playing political games with women’s health, and it’s just unacceptable.” The longer American voters keep electing legislators who assault women’s health and reproductive rights, the less our country looks like a product of the enlightenment and the more we appear to be headed for the dark.
Dr. Nancy Baker Jones
Big Brother runs amok
The cynical use of “improving health services” for women related to restricting access to abortion, and “fetal pain” in limiting when abortions can be performed is big government / Big Brother in full swagger. Anyone who cares about the health of women, and pregnant women in particular, needs to inform themselves about the ongoing epidemic of domestic violence and the incidence of mortality and morbidity during pregnancy.
Google throwing stones
When I clicked on my browser this week, I got a message from Google to protest the NSA’s surveillance of Americans. This from a company who, without anyone’s consent, puts photos of homes, down to the cars in the driveways, names, addresses, phone numbers, photos and more on the Internet and tracks and shares where we shop, what we buy and where we browse online for profit. At least the government is doing this to help keep us safe. Google invades our privacy to make money.
Medicaid helps people
Re: June 22 commentary, “Medicaid expansion needed, but blocked.”
Very good article by Juan Flores on Medicaid expansion. I agree 100 percent because, back in the mid ’70s, I did not have insurance at work and couldn’t afford insurance. My wife got sick and was in the hospital for a week and my youngest son broke his leg all in the same week. I worked out a payment plan with the doctors and hospital.
To make the story short, I made about $500 too much to qualify for Medicaid. I did get a job in the aircraft business with benefits. After 30 years, I retired with benefits, Social Security, and Medicare. I will always be for helping others.