More than sadness
Re: Aug. 25 article, “A family torn apart.”
Despite the terrible sadness that your story on Alzheimers disease elicits, the gifts that living with the disease has given to Lori shine through your story. The Acostas were our dear neighbors for 10 years, pre-Alzheimers. We were in one anothers’ homes virtually every day. Barbara was a positive, kind and generous neighbor, a wise and adoring mom, and good disciplinarian with a degree in psychology from the University of Texas. She was not the first in her family to come down with dementia. Her mother also died of the disease.
Pam, was a bright charmer. An extremely gifted teacher. Particularly heartwarming is Lori’s obvious inheritance of her mother’s gifts, clearly passed down through Pam. It’s clear from your article that shares love just as her mom was. Yes, Lori has had a hard life with many griefs, but clearly, she has also been so gifted by it!
Carol Hawkins Vaughan
Golf course idea nutty
Re: Aug. 27 article, “Golf course could turn into homes, shops, park.”
This idea is flat out dumb. Hancock Golf Course is an oasis in the middle of Austin. It serves as a reminder of what we once were: a city that valued and promoted recreational parkland 115 years ago and sustained it up to the present. With all due respect to those who support that position, limit improvements to recreational and athletic pursuits. New homes and shopping will only create even more traffic and congestion, leading to future expansion of Red River Street and the attendant traffic woes that will follow. Even better, close Red River Street from 26th Street to 45th Street and allow only bicycles and pedestrians to use it as a thoroughfare.
A vote for Barrientos
Re: Aug. 27 letter “Barrientos for No. 2 job.”
The author has suggested a wonderful thing, the honest and talented former state senator Gonzalo Barrientos running for higher office, a perfect Democrat matching the trendy Wendy Davis. My centrist heart yearns for his return to Texas political life, regardless of his circumstances. The $100 I gave to his first campaign is the only $100 I don’t miss now in my early advanced dotage. As lieutenant governor, this friendly, competent, experienced guy could intelligently and passionately attend to all the people by managing the body in which he once served.
James Stanley Walker
Respect for animals
Re: Aug. 27 letter to the editor, “Stop supporting circuses.”
I completely agree with the author’splea to stop supporting circuses’ abuse of animals in order to end the enslavement of animals in a torturous environment, forcing them to perform unnatural acts for us just for our entertainment. I might add that rodeos and places such as Sea World also fit that description. It is indeed time to stop such treatment of these hapless animals. And then there is big ag’s treatment of animals and slaughterhouses with their torture inflicted in different ways. As presumably civilized people, may we be more mindful of all sentient animals’ needs and feelings.
Rodeos also offensive
All the letters about the cruelty to animals and how they are treated at the circus do not mention the way animals are treated at the rodeo. One is just as cruel on animals as the other for entertainment and yet overlook one is overlooked for the other. Is there a double standard here, and through the eyes of a child do they view it as we do as adults as being cruel?
New York State’s Attorney General is suing Donald Trump for fraud in connection with Trump University, which promised to show “students” how to become real estate tycoons like the Donald. I suspect that Trump failed to disclose one of the most important elements of his “success,” inheriting a real estate empire worth between $40 and $200 million and leveraging himself so heavily that seven banks were forced to make a deal least they lose piles of cash if Trump declared bankruptcy. Trump joins the Koch brothers, Mitt Romney and a host of other “successful” billionaires who where born on third base and have convinced themselves, and others, they they have hit a triple.
One criticism of the new Texas lesson plans: Too much time is spent on Islam when teaching the history of world religions. Do we believe the history of any religion is a proper topic for schools of any kind? No, but we do have to teach ethics. We do have to make it clear that killing someone who has been brought up to believe his or her salvation lies in this or that, as opposed to one’s own ideas, is murder, plain and simple.