Cruzing the Constitution
During an interview this week, a reporter asked Sen. Ted Cruz if he thought he was eligible for president because he was born in Canada. He answered that his mother was born in the U.S., so that makes him an American citizen and therefore eligible. Since President Barack Obama’s birth fits the same scenario, then Cruz just destroyed the foundation of the birther movement. Either that, or he plans on amending the Constitution. Stay tuned for further developments from our erstwhile constitutional scholar, Ted Cruz.
Re: Aug. 7 letter to the editor, “Drive now, talk later.”
I’m sure we’ve all thought of saying exactly what the letter writer said about Austin’s traffic problems and inattentive driving. Thankfully, I don’t spend much time on the road during the work week, but no matter the time or day you will witness many drivers with their eyes on something other than the road. Time to seriously address this problem.
David J. Rust
Bikers, stay in your lane
Re: Aug. 5 article, “Serious about sharing the road.”
Reference is made in your article concerning police enforcement of bikers. I will be glad to give them the three feet if only they ride in the middle of their lane, not two abreast or on the white line. By the way, how much tax do they pay to the city of Austin on their bikes for the installation and maintenance of the lanes?
Leo O. Mueller
Voice won't be stilled
Why is it that when people hear what they want to hear, it’s “the voice of the people,” and when it’s something they don’t agree with, it suddenly becomes “mob rule”? I have the right to voice my opinion per the Constitution, and voice it I will, whether you like it or not. And just the same, I will defend your right to voice your own opinion, despicable as I may think it.
Project would ruin lake
In 2007, the Austin City Council renamed Town Lake as Lady Bird Lake in honor of Lady Bird Johnson. Luci Baines Johnson, her daughter, said that her mother resisted efforts to rename Town Lake in her honor and said: I cannot claim its name. It belongs to everybody. Luci Johnson said that generations of Austinites consider Lady Bird Lake to be “the soul of Austin.”
A California-based developer wants to build an enormous 96-foot building next to Lady Bird Lake at the intersection of South Lamar and West Riverside Drive, a scenic roadway. Under current zoning for this site, the maximum building height is 60 feet, and building setbacks are wide to help preserve the natural beauty, unique vistas and open green spaces around Lady Bird Lake. If the City Council cares about preserving Lady Bird Lake, “the soul of Austin,” it will vote against this project.
Park is a waste of water
Re: Aug. 7 article, “Aloha, Pflugerville: Water park planned.”
So, the city of Pflugerville is so desperate for a hotel in their area that they are willing to waste hundreds of thousands of gallons of water to get one. Water has become one of Central Texas’ rarest resources. Is that news to anyone? I was dumbfounded when Cedar Park announced a similar plan a few years ago at the onset of one of our worst droughts. Now Pflugerville is ready to further deplete an irreplaceable resource. Does anyone involved in this deal see beyond the color of money? Telling the public that Hawaiian Falls will recycle its water is a lame attempt to disguise their greed. Citizens of Pflugerville, are you really willing to let this corporate-government alliance talk you into building this absurd aquatic playland when we can’t even decide for ourselves when to run our own sprinklers?
Let's get rid of coal
A recent article on drought woes in the Colorado River Basin is a solid examination of the strains on our region’s lifeblood. Another strain on water supplies is the dirty Fayette coal plant, which sucks more than 5 billion gallons of water annually from the Colorado River and the Highland Lakes upstream of Austin. The Fayette coal plant, owned by the city of Austin and the Lower Colorado River Authority, belches out so much carbon dioxide, lead and soot, it’s in the top ten in Texas for those pollutants.
Austin’s recently approved wind energy contracts are cheaper than it costs us to generate electricity by burning coal. Austin and the LCRA must work together to close this 19th century energy source and replace it with clean energy and energy efficiency. Doing so will keep more water in our lakes, rivers and bays, while eliminating nasty pollution from coal.