I’m not sure why people run from the police. One would think staying put is far less consequential than running, even if one is guilty of wrongdoing. I do believe this latest incident may have been a little overreaction. I feel concern both for the police officer and the family of Larry Jackson Jr.
Re: Aug. 6 letter to the editor, “Arrogance destroying us”
I have read that letter with great interest and I agree with it 100 percent. To the “cigarette butts” problem, I’d like to add one more. I frequently hike at the Barton Creek greenbelt, where at the entrance there is a sign that reads: no alcohol, no glass. However, almost every time I return to my car, I carry some empty beer bottles, beer cans and plastic bottles that have been left. What is most disturbing to me is that the person who was drinking has a certain sense of modesty and tries to “hide” the cans and bottles by throwing them into the bushes. It always takes more time to get them from there. So, my short message is as follows: Dear Fellow-hiker, If you are unable to bring back your beer can, just leave it on the trail and I’ll pick it up. Thank you.
Isn’t it better to give up a baby to a loving couple that for some reason cannot have their own children? If you choose a good agency, the hopeful parents are very well checked out, and you can be assured the child will have a good home.That is much better than knowing you have ended a little life. At 20 weeks, that baby is a well-formed little person and deserves life. Give these little people a chance at life.
Mobile Loaves & Fishes has a good idea, but I think I have a better one. Why not offer tuition and books to the homeless so that they can go to Austin Community College? Give them an opportunity to gain marketable skills to become a contributing citizen. Presently, they are a menace to society and a cost to taxpayers.
C Van Kirby
Re: Aug. 7 article, “Aloha Pflugerville: Water park planned.”
As we deal with water restrictions and predictions of continuing drought in central Texas, I was astounded to read that Pflugerville is plunging forward with public financing to develop a water park. The article touted the imagined benefits of this development but made no mention at all of how much water the park will consume — in our hottest, driest months — where that water will come from, and how much the developers will pay to use that precious resource. Please tell us.
Rose Ann Reeser
I finally get it! We don’t want no stinking Legislature in our gun holsters, but we don’t mind them being in our women’s uteri. And later, we can take their right to vote away and then keep them in the kitchen pregnant and barefoot.
Jayne Y. Gorup
Re: Aug. 7 commentary, “‘Real Jesus’ efforts take odd twist on Fox News.”
There is a long accepted belief in biblical interpretation, especially as it pertains to Christology, that one usually discovers the “real” Jesus one is searching for. As long as the theologian or biblical scholar avoids the two serious pitfalls of historical studies — anachronism, placing something in a historical context that doesn’t belong, and ethnocentrism, foisting one’s own standards on another culture — nearly all scholarly interpretations seem plausible, even Reza Aslan’s version. Of course the individual, Christian or not, must decide which Jesus they are comfortable with.
I’ve been reading really unfeeling, not to mention uneducated, comments since actor Cory Monteith’s recent death by drug overdose.
1) There are likely to be people among your friends, family members, c-oworkers, and/or acquaintances who are struggling with their own addictions. Probably more than one.
2) Bear in mind that addictions can also be sugar, food in general, gambling, sex, Internet, prescription drugs, even certain emotions. The list goes on and on.
3) The most abused drug in this country is caffeine.
4) Alcohol is a drug. One of the worst. And it’s legal.
Last fall, I voted against the affordable housing bonds because I do not trust the City Council to apply Austin’s inclusionary housing policies. Bonds are just another way to reward developers for pushing moderate-income housing out of the central city. The Planned Unit Development case at 211 S. Lamar Blvd. confirms the council’s prejudice against inclusionary housing. City code calls for 10 percent of the units on this site to be affordable at 60 percent of median family income. The PUD ordinance requires the project to provide greater benefits than would be achieved under current zoning, but this developer is willing only to pay a fee equivalent to about a third of the code requirement. The council immediately changed the PUD ordinance to allow that. If the council approves this development with anything less than the onsite affordability required under the code, they will effectively destroy Austin’s inclusionary housing policies and any chance that the housing bonds might have in November.